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  • "Smart Digital Garden - Urban Farming" (DRT #3/2021 dated 07/15/2021).

    Benjamin Willenbrock, Protohaus gGmbH

    The Smart Digital Garden, presented by Benjamin Hansen, is an open project at the Protohaus in Braunschweig that offers urban farming for makers and those who want to become one.

    Basically, there are two forms of digital gardening - urban farming and urban gardening. In urban farming, the commercial benefit, i.e. the yield, is in the foreground. Possible variants are rooftop farming, indoor farming and vertical framing. In contrast to this is Urban Gardening, in which the social aspect is in the foreground.

    In the Protohaus in Braunschweig, systems for microcontrollers and hydroponics are being developed. Plants are also grown using hydroponics, a process without soil in which used nutrients are added individually.

    The aim of the ongoing research projects is to develop IOT, AI etc. to improve urban farming.

  • "Protohaus - Makerspace, open workshop for makers" (DRT #3/2021 dated 07/15/2021).

    Chris Töppe, Protohaus gGmbH

    Protohaus gGmbH from Braunschweig is an open workshop for makers and was founded by Chris Töppe. There are over 200 Makerspaces with different focuses throughout Germany. The goal of Protohaus Braunschweig, founded in 2016, is to share knowledge and machines and make them accessible to everyone. The focus is on digital education and urban farming. The 19 employees of the Protohaus offer general assistance as well as training, courses, projects, children's camps and teambuilding workshops.

    The makerAcademy is the educational program of the Protohaus and works in the fields of tech, green and design.

    All offerings take place in a relaxed and casual format. For example, there are also regulars' table formats as well as discussions and cooking events that foster community.

  • "WEEE Resin - Sustainable Handling of Electrical Equipment" (DRT #2/2021 dated 05/20/2021).

    Dr. Asja Mrotzek-Blöß, IFAD der TU Clausthal

    WEEE Harz is a project of the ISSE (TU Clausthal) in cooperation with the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences and the REWIMET e.V., which pursues the goal of stimulating the economy of structurally weak regions under the motto "Change through innovation in the region! The project was presented by Asja Mrotzek-Blöß from the Institute for Processing, Landfill Technology and Geomechanics (TU Clausthal).

  • "Circles - a digital ecosystem for sustainable use of electrical appliances" (DRT #2/2021 dated 20/05/2021).

    Robert Werner, Sense4Future GmbH

    The project "Circles - a digital ecosystem for sustainable use of electrical appliances" was presented by Robert Werner from Sense4Future GmbH. The project focuses on the often improper recycling of electrical appliances in Germany. The aim of Sense4Future GmbH is to repair and reuse products as often as possible and only recycle them in the very last step.

    In order to gain an overview of the various possible uses, the project team developed an app with which devices, including their shelf life, can be tracked across multiple users. Users can use the app to find out about the Linear Economy and the Circular Economy and expand their knowledge. Furthermore, qualified repair shops are to be mediated via the app and a leasing offer is to be listed in order to extend the usage cycle of the individual devices.

    The aim of the project is to create awareness and a community in the field of Circular Economy and thus to increase the lifespan and recycling rate of electrical appliances at the same time.

    In a first test run at the TU Clausthal more than 1000 devices have already been registered and thus the first step towards recycling of old devices has been made.