German Innovation Award 2024

What does quality mean to you? For us at Ipsen, quality means creating intelligent innovations – like our award-winning Ipsen ATLAS Green furnace!

We were given the German Innovation Award 2024 by the German Design Council in recognition of our pioneering innovation. In an impressive selection of 520 submissions from 23 countries, we were able to prevail with our Ipsen ATLAS Green. The interdisciplinary jury of experts honored our products and concepts for their user-centricity and added value.

Time and again, our customers are faced with the challenge of obtaining high-quality heat treatments that also fulfil the requirements of a low CO2 footprint. With the Ipsen ATLAS GREEN, we can offer exactly that. The furnace is heated with both hydrogen and green electricity, depending on which system is more economical or environmentally friendly. This allows the system to be operated 100% CO2-neutral.

For our customers, this means a convincing solution that fulfils their requirements and is environmentally friendly at the same time.

Our Ipsen ATLAS Green furnace combines intelligence, energy efficiency and innovation to perfection.

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Press release from the jury:

Frankfurt am Main, 14th May 2024

With the German Innovation Award 2024, the German Design Council recognises forward-thinking innovations at the award ceremony on 14 May 2024 in Berlin. Out of a total of 520 cross-industry submissions from 23 countries, the interdisciplinary expert jury selected 187 products and concepts that stand out for their user-centric approach and added value compared to other solutions.

With more than 75 years of experience, the global team at Ipsen International GmbH works hand in hand across national borders to enable manufacturing companies and commercial heat treaters to innovate with confidence. Ipsen equips production companies to perform precise, reproducible heat treatments that enhance safety, enable innovation, and drive business growth. With over 100 patents, the company has demonstrated its ability to develop precise, reliable furnaces and modern control technology to promote a safe and advanced world.

The jury of the German Innovation Award 2024 on the ATLAS GREEN project, which is honoured as this year’s “Winner”:
“Conventionally, industrially used chamber furnace systems for heat treatment are operated with fossil fuels – resulting in a correspondingly high CO2 footprint. The innovative Ipsen ATLAS GREEN furnace, on the other hand, is heated 100 per cent CO2-neutrally, which is ensured by the intelligent combination of green electricity and green hydrogen. The latter is only used when there is not enough green electricity available, which is controlled by intelligent software. Although the infrastructure for green hydrogen is still being developed further, which results in currently reduced availability, the Ipsen ATLAS GREEN furnace already offers an attractive solution for utilizing this fuel thanks to its cleverly designed and far-sighted hybrid approach.”

The German Innovation Award is awarded annually in the two main categories “Excellence in Business to Consumer” and “Excellence in Business to Business,” each divided into around 20 subcategories. Additionally, projects in the overarching category “Innovation Methods” are recognized, which have utilized agile methods such as Design Thinking, Scrum, Lean Startup, or Sprint on their path to innovation.

“Targeted innovations are essential for success and sustainability. They are indispensable for addressing the challenges of our time and driving the sustainable transformation of industry forward. With the German Innovation Award 2024, we make these outstanding and exemplary innovations visible. I am very pleased with the diversity of the awarded projects this year: They not only provide significant added value for the industry but also for society and the environment,” says Lutz Dietzold, CEO of the German Design Council.

Future trends and groundbreaking innovations
The awarded projects of this year impressively demonstrate that the complex challenges of our time can only be solved through holistic approaches. With the increasing questions of our time, the awareness of comprehensive innovations is growing. It is also becoming clear that the innovation strength benefits from the exchange and analysis of different perspectives.

Interdisciplinary expert jury
The jury consists of independent, interdisciplinary experts from technology, digitalization, science, and institutions. They evaluate the submissions based on the criteria of innovation, user benefits, and economic viability. The innovation strategy should consider aspects such as social, ecological, and economic sustainability as well as energy and resource usage. Factors such as location and employment potential, longevity, market readiness, technical quality and function, materiality, and synergy effects also play a crucial role in the judging process.

Members of the jury of 2024
Annette Brunsmeier, Digital Transformation Lead Public Sector, Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH, Hamburg • Dr. Elias Knubben, Vice President and Head of Corporate Research and Innovation, Festo SE & CO. KG, Esslingen • Michael Kruza, Team Lead Design / User Experience, Innovation Hub, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn/Darmstadt/Berlin • Sonja Schiefer, Head of Siemens Design Home Appliances, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Munich • Dr. Christopher Stillings, Vice President and Head of Color & Design (CMF), Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen • Anette Ströh, Innovation Manager, Charité, Berlin

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