Innovations are the foundation of our Company and the mobility of tomorrow. We systematically promote innovations, provide our employees with the necessary conditions and engage in close interaction with strong partners from research, teaching, and business. We have the courage to make changes and promote innovations in the profound belief that we can achieve a great deal using our own strength. We also invest specifically in new technologies and business areas. It is not for nothing that Smart Solutions are one of the three pillars of our Corporate Strategy. They lead directly to impressing our clients and give us joy in our work.
Next Shed is the venture client unit of the Eberspächer Group.
Next Shed aims to be an early customer for innovative startups with promising solutions. This offers potentials for both sides: Close to our core business, we rely on bundled know-how to drive forward business cases in a future-oriented and scalable manner. For startups, Eberspächer offers support on the way to accelerated time to market since solutions can be tested in real situations in a very early stage and be demonstrated to the market. In a volatile environment, we enable valuable insights, give access to an extensive network and the chance for sustainable growth.
The focus areas of Next Shed
As an early customer, we are supporting startups working close to our own business.
We are focusing on solutions within four focus areas:
Thermal Comfort for Mobile Use, Secondary Energy Supply, Temperature Sensitive Supply Chains, Digitalization & Connectivity.
Within more and more applications, the demand for energy is increasing. May it be for air conditioning, tools, or medicine cabinets: Electrical devices can be found in motorhomes, services vehicles, or ambulances. They all need to be covered with electrical power simultaneously. With Xellstor, Eberspächer has developed a 230 V energy management system. It consists of the storage modules named Power Units, the intelligent Smart Hub control system and can be operated via the e‑connected app.
Xellstor can be used instead of a fuel-powered electricity generator, because the Power Units can be charged demand-based via shore power, a generator or solar panels. The system can be configured modularly and is controlled intelligently via the Smart Hub.
The mobility of tomorrow must be clean and sustainable. At the same time, users, whether in passenger cars, on trains, buses or on future modes of transport, expect a high level of ease of use and the comfort factor. This is precisely where we come in. Thermal management solutions from Eberspächer ensure optimum temperatures in vehicles of various kinds – in tropical heat and the bitter cold. In battery electric vehicles, a special kind of environmentally-friendly heating concepts is required as they must not put too much strain on the traction battery so as to maintain as great a range as possible. We also employ our expertise from heating and cooling in exhaust technology. In hybrid drives, the internal combustion engine cannot permanently maintain the optimum temperature due to switching between the electric drive and combustion engine. Or it loses it again when the engine control system switches from the internal combustion engine in urban traffic back to the electric drive. If the internal combustion engine is too cold, the exhaust system cannot work efficiently. Eberspächer develops reliable solutions here to guarantee optimum temperature control in the exhaust gas purification system. The electrification of mobility is making autonomous driving more important. The components from Eberspächer Automotive Controls ensure safety on the road and the efficient use of the available energy.
Cold temperatures are critical for the range of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Innovative heating concepts can counteract the declining range. During winter, the internal combustion engines in plug-in hybrid vehicles often start up to heat the interior. The fuel-operated Hydronic S3 InCat heater prevents the vehicle engine of plug-in hybrid vehicles from starting up early and thus, independently of the engine, makes for a pleasantly warm temperature.
What’s more, the heater allows the cold battery to heat up fast, thus quickly restoring performance. The catalytic converter is completely integrated into the coolant heater and eliminates almost all CO and HC emissions, thus resulting in low-emission heating. An almost CO2-neutral solution for purely electrically powered vehicles comes in the form of bio-ethanol heating systems based on water or air heaters. They create the necessary warmth in the passenger compartment without using any energy from the vehicle battery. This is an ecological solution that does not impair the electrical range of electric vehicles.
As a specialist for exhaust gas purification and acoustic systems, clean and quiet mobility is our goal.
The innovative products of Eberspächer improve air quality and sustainably reduce traffic noise. Our experts find potential for reducing emissions in road traffic in the low- and high-temperature range of the exhaust system and the treatment of urea. The solutions are already fit for current international legislation such as China National 6, Bharat Stage VI and EPA Tier 3 and future ones such as EURO 7. In addition to the continuous improvement of pure combustion or hybrid engines, we are working on the trend topics of hydrogen and synthetic fuels.
Autonomous and partially autonomous driving functions such as a lane departure warning system are based on electric functions. These must have a reliable energy supply to guarantee safe operation. Eberspächer high-performance switches and safety switches contribute significantly to safety in modern vehicles. Their job is to always provide electrical energy wherever it is needed. Components from Eberspächer allow for the safe, reliable further development of modern, future mobility concepts.
In the digital age, simple products are transitioning towards networked systems that make users’ lives easier through intelligent solutions. Eberspächer offers digital services that give its clients the opportunity to establish new business models in the field of networked systems. The Eberspächer Digital Platform is a cloud-based solution to develop networked applications and implement digital business models. It combines the hardware in a wide range of application areas, analyzes their data, and specifically provides our clients with the most important information. Customized services can also be mapped on customer request without our clients having to develop and operate a dedicated system landscape.
Do you have an idea, concept, or business model that’s a good fit for us? In the broadest sense, does this relate to heating and cooling solutions, intelligent acoustic solutions, the improvement of air and water quality, mobile energy storage, mobility solutions, or autonomous systems in some way? Then take this opportunity and contact the team at Next Shed.