The knowledge transfer between industry, science and society is an essential task of the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest. Special attention is given to the active support of small and medium-sized businesses in the technological transformation of electric mobility. In the following sections, we summarise the various services provided by the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest with regard to knowledge transfer. The focus is, for example, on development perspectives for sustainable mobility in Baden-Württemberg, questions to follow up in ICT and energy infrastructure as well as other fields of technology related to electric mobility.
The cluster management informs about news on services, on partners, on ongoing projects and activities. In times of mobile work and with increasing digitalization aspects in work, the cluster management uses this tool to exchange with members, partners and stakeholders in Germany and worldwide.
Connect cluster experts all over Europe – this is the aim of the European Cluster Conference. It was organised by the European Commission’s DG GROW together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy under the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, and executed by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. The yearly event brings together cluster managers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, researchers, and experts to discuss about opportunities for cluster policies and practices. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference took place virtually this year. On November 10th and 11th, the pandemic and the contribution of clusters to support was one of the most discussed topics during the conference, its interactive world cafés and quiz sessions. By inviting key actors and experts of the domain, the Conference was able to give differentiated insights into topics like the EU’s Green Deal or clusters and resilience.
The Cluster Electric Mobility South-West participated with a virtual booth in the European Cluster Conference and took the opportunity to exchange on the cluster work itself and get in touch with clusters in the same or similar fields from Western and Eastern European countries.
The topic of the corona pandemic determined the 2020 Automotive Suppliers' Day Baden-Württemberg not only in terms of content, but also regarding its organization. Instead of an onsite event around 500 participants participated online. The digital event was looking at international markets, such as China, their approaches for coping with the crisis and their strategies for economic recovery. Furthermore, the event offered the concrete benefit of getting to know companies from Belgium, Israel and Denmark that are interested in cooperating with Baden-Württemberg-based automotive suppliers. The presentations and various interactive online rooms provided a significant impetus and promoted an exchange of ideas. Click here to see the recorded live stream or click here for further information.
On 7 July 2020, companies and research institutes from the mobility cluster Electric Mobility South-West and the French partner cluster Mov'eo (Île-de-France and Normandy) took the opportunity to network internationally.
The innovation cluster Electric Mobility South-West, coordinated by e-mobil BW, and the French partner cluster Mov'eo, which have been in close exchange for years, offered the approximately twenty participants from both countries a virtual pitch event on the three topics of Electronic components for vehicles and their production, Power electronics and Autonomous and connected driving in cross-border traffic.
After the presentation of the organising cluster associations and relevant funding opportunities for future joint projects, the participating companies and research institutes from Baden-Württemberg and France had the opportunity to present their organisation and exchange ideas with innovative players from the Automotive Cluster with regard to joint project initiatives.
The online pitch session is part of a long-term exchange between the innovation networks on future mobility solutions in France (Île-de-France, Normandy) and Baden-Württemberg. A follow-up pitch session is planned to present concrete joint project initiatives. A Franco-German expert panel will provide the consortia with advice and support. The date for this follow-up session will be announced.
The Automotive Suppliers’ Day Baden-Württemberg was jointly organised by the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg and e-mobil BW GmbH. This one-day event was dedicated to the transformation process of the automotive industry and was the venue for discussing and analysing the opportunities and challenges the entire sector is facing in the wake of new technologies. The effects of digitalisation, the pressure to develop innovative products and new business models clearly show: We are only at the beginning of the transformation process of the automotive industry. The Automotive Suppliers’ Day Baden-Württemberg 2019 took place on November 22, 2019 in Esslingen, near Stuttgart.
This year’s panel discussion focused on new business models for small and medium-sized enterprises. ZF Friedrichshafen, Valmet Automotive and the CHIRON Group presented examples of sustainable strategies, demonstrating how technological developments can be integrated into existing divisions.
In order to face the upcoming challenges and opportunities of the automotive industry, cooperation and collaboration among innovative suppliers from Baden-Württemberg and international partners become indispensable. The Automotive Suppliers’ Day BW offered a platform for networking and exchange. At the 2019 Automotive Suppliers’ Day, members of the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West and of the Cluster Fuel Cell BW as well as international partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Finland showcased their approaches in the field of new mobility in the framework of a poster exhibition.
Please find the list (partly in English) of the cluster members involved in PDF format here.
The French and German project partners are making good progress with their development of an innovative thermal management system for electric vehicles. At the second InnoTherMS project meeting held at GreenIng GmbH & Co KG in Leutenbach, Germany, in mid-September, the first findings of the project groups were discussed and CAD data and a simulation model were presented. The first measurements taken from a reference vehicle could be adopted in the planning of upcoming project packages.
InnoTherMS is one of two projects launched by the AllFraTech German-French Alliance for Innovative Mobility Solutions. The project will run until the end of 2023. On the German side, it is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and supervised by the Baden-Württemberg State Agency for Electric Mobility, e-mobil BW. On the French side, it is sponsored by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, represented by CARA, the European Cluster for Mobility Solutions.
The 32nd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS), held this year between May 19th and 22nd 2019, is one of the key platforms for the exchange of information regarding electric mobility. The symposium drew about 1,500 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors from all over the world to Lyon, France.
Topics discussed included the options of combining different modes of transport, which alternative drive technologies are to be used in the future, and the potential contributions of autonomous driving. Many renowned companies, organisations and initiatives used the symposium’s exhibition to present their innovative products and concentrated know-how in new and smart mobility solutions at the German Pavilion (Hall 6, F15). With eight exhibitors, the South-West of Germany was strongly represented at the joint stand. The exhibitors from Baden-Württemberg included several partners of the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West. They all showed their latest developments and solutions ‘Made in Baden-Württemberg’. Represented by the State Agency for Electric Mobility, e-mobil BW, and Baden-Württemberg International, the Agency for International Economic and Scientific Cooperation, the State of Baden-Württemberg used the EVS as a venue to advance international networking. At the German pavilion, e-mobil BW presented the cluster initiatives Electric Mobility South-West and Fuel Cell BW as well as the AllFraTech projects "InnoTherMS", "EMCC" and "SmartLoad".
Stopping by her home state's pavilion at the Hanover Fair at the event's mid-point, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Württemberg, was impressed by the innovative power showcased by the 26 exhibitors. These included many small to medium-sized companies as well as start-ups that were all very satisfied with the fair after three days. These companies apply forward-looking technology such as connectivity, artificial intelligence and climate-friendly drive systems to make sure that future mobility bears the stamp 'Made in Baden-Württemberg'. To overcome this comprehensive transformation process, we focus our strategic industrial and funding policy on trail-blazing, innovative technologies. We want to promote the proverbial innovative spirit of Baden-Württemberg enterprises and create future-proof workplaces," explained Hoffmeister-Kraut while touring the fair.
In 2019, the Baden-Württemberg pavilion once again turned out to be the hub for fair visitors keen on learning more about innovative mobility solutions. Representing their home state of Baden-Württemberg, the 26 exhibitors made a clear point of how fit the state's innovative enterprises are for future challenges.