May 2023

FLUXUM Gernsheim counts on solar energy

Ladies and gentlemen,

The cold months of the year are finally over and the warm weather is coming. We are looking forward to a lot of bright sunshine – not just for our state of mind and not just so that we can go swimming at the outdoor pools, but also for the latest green project in our GreenTech Park Fluxum. What exactly does the project involve? You’ll find out this and much more in the following article.

Green energy: a new 70,000 square meter photovoltaic park

A further contribution to a greener future: Thanks to the collaboration between the Merck Group and ENTEGA AG, a photovoltaic park is expected to be built and begin operation this year at FLUXUM Gernsheim. On a surface area equivalent to just under ten soccer fields, up to seven gigawatt hours of electricity is to be generated every year, which approximately corresponds to the average power requirements of 1,500 households. This enables us to save 3,500 metric tons of CO2 pro year. We can hardly wait to begin operation of our photovoltaic park!

From left to right: Dr. Kai Beckmann (Member of the Executive Board of Merck), Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff (CEO of ENTEGA AG), Dr. Philipp Nimmermann (secretary of state in the Ministry of Economics of the German Federal State of Hesse), and Matthias Bürk (Head of Site Management at Merck)

To the press release

Elite young researchers: FLUXUM Gernsheim donates special “GreenTech” prize

Jugend forscht: Hesse’s most promising young researchers compete in categories such as biology, chemistry and engineering to be the state’s winners. This has already launched numerous careers in the fields of science and finance in the past. The competition is therefore not only a great opportunity for young talent to realize their potential but also an important investment in the future of our country. At FLUXUM Gernsheim, we think it’s brilliant that these kinds of initiatives exist. For this reason, the annual alumni meeting took place at FLUXUM Gernsheim – in addition, for the first time, the special “GreenTech” prize was awarded.

The special prize was awarded to a team that’s fighting food waste. The group of students at the Lahntalschule in Biedenkopf, Germany, developed a pH-sensitive starch film that indicates food spoilage using microbiological processes. Thanks to the change in color, users can see whether or not the product is still edible – regardless of the expiry date. A brilliant idea considering that in Germany alone, over ten million metric tons of food ends up in the garbage every year.

To the LinkedIn post

GreenTech accelerator ryon moves into office spaces

We have previously reported on ryon in detail – and now the time has finally come! The objective of the accelerator is to support start-ups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing new, sustainable solutions in the fields of environmental technologies, chemistry, biotechnologies, and materials science and engineering. And ryon moving into the office spaces at FLUXUM Gernsheim therefore represents an important step forward.

Professor Jörg von Hagen (Managing Director of ryon) and Jürgen Häcker (site development at FLUXUM Gernsheim) at the contract signing

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Personnel change at FLUXUM Gernsheim – welcome, Bernhard Scholz

After two years, Site Manager and Head of the site operating company Jochen Bucher is leaving the GreenTech Park. He will be succeeded by Bernhard Scholz who, as an experienced manager, will help to shape the further development of the site and thus also FLUXUM Gernsheim. He holds a degree in business studies and industrial engineering and has been working at Merck for almost 20 years. He is very much looking forward to this new challenge.