Novaziun and Ionic Wind win SGKB startup award

13 June 2024 09:30


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St.Gallen/Vella - Novaziun AG has won the Startfeld Diamant award from St.Galler Kantonalbank (SGKB) with its fully electric, single-axle tractor for mountain applications called “monotrac”. The startup Ionic Wind received the Startfeld Rohdiamant award for its silent airflows.

St.Galler Kantonalbank has bestowed this year’s awards in recognition of excellent services from startups in the region to two winners and four finalists. The main prize, called the Startfeld Diamant, went to Novaziun AG from the Surselva region in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The award is worth 30,000 Swiss francs.

According to a press release, Novaziun has developed, tested, and optimized a fully electric, single-axle vehicle for use on steep slopes in collaboration with mountain farmers. The concept has been patented. A large battery enables the tractor to work in remote mountain areas without a power grid as it can be charged up directly via a photovoltaic system. It can also be used as a stationary battery.

Christian Schmid, jury president and CEO of SGKB, commented: “The monotrac is a real technical innovation, behind which stands a competent, motivated team. It is impressive that great importance was placed on optimized attachments and versatile applicability right from the development stage.” He adds that the monotrac is therefore also suitable for silent winter service in tourist communities.

Ionic Wind Technologies from St.Gallen has won prize money amounting to 10,000 Swiss francs for the Startfeld Rohdiamant award. The spin-off from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) directly converts electricity into airflows using electrostatic fields. This patented solution does not require bulky fans or blowers. The technology is suitable for cooling systems, drying processes, and air purification, is silent, and is significantly more energy efficient than conventional ventilation solutions.

A sum of 5,000 Swiss francs will be received by each of the four finalists: TasotecQuantflow AISmartportrait, and Studyond. ce/mm

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