SOLAR CELL PRODUCTION: EUROPE IS WORTH IT
A new study proves it: If the size is right, Europe is once again competitive in the production of solar modules, too - and entirely without subsidies. But it needs to be at least a five-gigawatt factory in order to be profitable.
AUTOMATION ANXIETY AND THE PROMISE OF AI
Will robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take over, lead to massive job displacements and soon send our societies into turmoil? Or are they simply great tools we can use to create a world with increased prosperity, resource efficiency and new cures for terrible diseases? A reality check shows: It is time to leave techno-panics behind.
AUTOMOBILE DESIGN EVOKES EMOTION
Design combines functionality and aesthetics, design is emotional, particularly when it comes to cars. Motorists who think a car is ugly are unlikely to buy it and drive it. So how will the changes to the drivetrain influence automobile design? VDMAimpulse asked design experts.
THE EU'S QUEST FOR AN INTELLIGENT APPROACH TO AI
With the Communication on Artificial Intelligence, the European Commission has opened the debate on how to encourage the use of AI - and also maybe how to regulate it. While the Commission's proposal takes a rather optimistic view, there is still the danger of harmful legislation based on doomsday scenarios. In industrial applications, AI technologies such as machine learning are promising and challenging, but they are a long way from disrupting the legal and ethical framework.
POWER-TO-X: A PROMISING CORNERSTONE TO CLIMATE PROTECTION
If the goal of achieving greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 is to be achieved, fossil resources will have to be replaced to the greatest possible extent. The "Power-to-X 2030" study sheds light on the role the machinery sector will play in this endeavor.