Congratulations to this result of their master thesis SolMate. We highly appreciate the competences in sustainability at Phoenix Design.
Winners of the German Sustainability Award Design 2021: Chris Götze and Winfried Werthmann
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Stuttgart, 10.12.2020 Phoenix designers win German Sustainability Award Design 2021
Phoenix designers Chris Götze and Winfried Werthmann win the first time awarded German Sustainability Award Design with their master's thesis SolMate - Solar energy for everyone. The work was written as part of the Eco Innovative Design master's program at the Johanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz. Congratulations and we highly appreciate the competences in sustainability at Phoenix Design.
Self-produced solar power lowers electricity costs and significantly reduces the carbon footprint. But not everyone has the opportunity to install their own solar system on the roof. Phoenix designers Chris Götze and Winfried Werthmann are addressing this problem in the product SolMate, that was realized in cooperation with the start-up EET.
That's because the modern SolMate photovoltaic and storage system makes solar power accessible to practically everyone - and so easily that even technical laymen can do it. The solar panels are simply mounted where there is space and sunshine, for example on the balcony railing, and the storage unit is plugged into a standard power socket - that's it! Self-generated, green electricity flows directly into the household's power grid via this socket and is thus available throughout the entire home. Of course, SolMate is also suitable for additional applications, such as the caravan, the garden shed or even as a green emergency power solution. SolMate, unlike most rooftop systems, has an integrated emergency power supply. And the fact that you don't need an official permit or a contract with the electricity provider to operate it makes the product even more appealing.
37 entrepreneurs were chosen as winners of the first German Sustainability Award Design on December 03. Among a total of 9 competitions, the national award was presented in design for the first time. Phoenix designers were honored in the building and furnishings category. Design legend Dieter Rams also expressed his gratitude via video message for being awarded the first DNP Design Honorary Award.
Juror of the jury of design and sustainability experts Tobias Lutz, founder of the Architonic platform, commented on the submissions: "All winners are united by their potential to drive the change towards more sustainability - in very different ways. We hope that the award will support the companies to position themselves in the market thanks to the dynamics of this guiding idea and motivate others to work on innovative projects as well."
About the German Sustainability Award: The German Sustainability Award is the national award for excellence in sustainability. With now nine competitions - including for companies, cities and municipalities, research, start-ups and, this year, a brand new one for design - the award is the largest of its kind in Europe. The award is presented by the Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V. (German Sustainability Award Foundation) in cooperation with the German federal government, leading municipal associations, business associations, civil society organizations and research institutions. The German Sustainability Award Design was initiated to honor groundbreaking products. The new award is based on the goals of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is intended to provide orientation for consumers at a time when sustainable design is more in demand than ever.
About Phoenix Design: Phoenix Design is a design and innovation studio creating smart and substantial brand experiences that make eminent business sense and which touch people – today, for tomorrow. Since 1987, products, interactions, and digital ecosystems have been created based on the fundamental values of Logic, Morals, and Magic. More than 800 design awards (1st place – iF World Design Index, Design Studios) confirm the quality and continuity of the worldwide work, i. a. the award of honour "Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2018". Today, the team comprising 80 international experts at the Stuttgart, Munich, and Shanghai locations – together with its partners – are creating a joint vision of Smart Living. www.phoenixdesign.com/en
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