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Reuse instead of recycle!

Reuse instead of recycle!

In decades gone by, the mantra used to be that waste must be recycled. But this is no longer true, because it has become plain to see that recycling is not enough to deal with our environmental problems. Instead, to handle raw materials sustainably, manufactured products need to be kept in service for as long as possible. Only a product which is not produced is...

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Raising money for the “Digitales Zuhause” (Digital Home) charity project

Raising money for the “Digitales Zuhause” (Digital Home) charity project

We wanted to set a good example as a business and do our bit for a better future. Solidarity is more important than ever, particularly in difficult times. So we’re delighted to be able to provide long-term support for the charity Neue Chance e.V. in their “Digitales Zuhause” project. The aim of the project is to generate opportunities for people severely affected by the crisis...

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The 5 biggest advantages of refurbished hardware for start-ups

The 5 biggest advantages of refurbished hardware for start-ups

 A variety of factors need to be considered when launching a start-up. A well-functioning IT infrastructure can have a significant effect upon the success of a business. However, money plays a vital role – especially at the start – and brand-new equipment can make costs mount up quickly. Many start-ups choose less powerful equipment to keep the financial burden as low as possible. But there...

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Refurbishing as a potential solution to the shortage of chips

Refurbishing as a potential solution to the shortage of chips

Almost every technical device is equipped with chips: servers, cars, even your fridge. And no, we’re not talking about the kind of chips you eat with ketchup – no shortage of those – but computer chips. Since the start of the pandemic, more people are working from home than usual, and this has triggered a huge acceleration in the digitalisation of the working world. Even...

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Donation to the Münchner Tafel e.V.

Donation to the Münchner Tafel e.V.

In Bavaria alone, more than 200,000 people receive help from the Tafel (food bank). In Germany as a whole the figure is around 1.65 million people. “Nothing is any good unless it results in action!” Heartfelt gratitude for a jar of tomato sauce. Some of our CSR Team were able to experience this overwhelming feeling for themselves. After weeks of absence, the sun was shining...

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Plastic… no thanks?

Plastic… no thanks?

Plastic is a truly wonderful material: light, cheap and easy to make. Almost every product contains some form of plastic, whether clothing, IT equipment, furniture or even the aeroplane we fly on holiday with. The material paved the way for our modern consumer society, but it also has a dark side.   Plastic: a problem Contrary to the original intention to market it as a...

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European data centres to be climate neutral by 2030

European data centres to be climate neutral by 2030

At the end of January 2021, important cloud providers, data centre operators and IT industry associations agreed a European “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact”. The ambitious target: that, by 2030, all European data centres should operate sustainably – that is to say, to not increase the quantity of climate-damaging gases in the atmosphere. In doing so, they are complying with a demand made by the...

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A pack of lithium-ion cells of the 18650 format folded with a positive terminal up. Image with flare effect.

A Ray of Hope: Sodium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries currently dominate the market for energy storage. However, the Earth’s reserves of lithium are limited, scarce and expensive. Sodium-ion batteries would be cheaper and more sustainable, since sodium occurs in large quantities in nature and is much simpler to acquire than lithium. The technology already works, but it could be a while before it enters mass production. You find them in laptops, smartphones,...

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The problem with electronic waste…

The problem with electronic waste…

The latest technology quickly makes predecessor models from just a few years ago look old-fashioned – barely is a new piece of equipment on market, and it already feels outdated. Computing performance improves, screens become thinner and smartphones offer more and more functions. On average, electronic equipment in Germany is used for up to two years. Then it ends up in waste streams as electronic...

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Batteries as Storage in the Electricity Network

Batteries as Storage in the Electricity Network

Due to the energy transition and the higher proportion of renewable energy, batteries are becoming increasingly important as storage in the electricity network. They smooth over fluctuations resulting from weather-dependent energy sources such as solar and wind power, and ensure stable operation of the electricity network. Germany has set itself ambitious climate policy targets: by 2050, annual greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 80...

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