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Christoph Fahle
December 17, 2012

Solarbrush

Solarbrush not only won the last betapitch but also is part of the hub:raum Accelerator Program.

Alessandro did an interview with Ridha, the founder of Solarbrush

What is Solarbrush all about?

Weathering can negatively affect solar power plants; in particular, panels installed in dry areas can lose efficiency due to sand deposits on them. Solarbrush is the first company to realize this need to clean solar power plants, and create the first wireless robot that is able to clean panels, even in high slopes (up to 45 degrees). This robot is important in arid regions like Africa and the Middle East, where there are massive solar generators that needs this kind of technology.

How did you come up with the idea?

I always been very interested in robots and technology. As a matter of facts I invented my first robot at the early age of 14 in a school competition. The idea of solarbrush came to me while I was monitoring the outcome of solar cells and what they are affected by. In fact, during my researches I realized that shadows created by deposits lower solar cells’ output the most.

Why did you apply to the hub:raum program?

My background is mechanical engineering and I always found the IT industry to be more progressive and appearing more modern to me. I want to gain knowledge from the start-up scene and, since I won the betapitch and I am a member in the hub:raum program, I had the possibility to meet many interesting and motivating people.

What is your experience with coworking? Do you believe it add value to your projects?

Co working is fun, its way more motivating towards getting things done than working by yourself.

Plus, I am making many friends and contacts. There are so many designers around that I can ask for assistance when it comes to the branding or presentation in general.

What are the problems you faced so far?

As many companies that work in the IT industry the biggest problems that I faced are funding, and hardware development.

What are your future goals?

The next steps for solarbrush are making first sales of the robot and reaching maturity phase, as well as getting certificated.

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The new space is six stories spread out across 2800 sqm. We’ll be renovating the building with our members in mind, so here’s what we can promise:

  • 5 Floors of Coworking Areas
  • Event Spaces
  • More Meeting Rooms
  • More Team Rooms
  • More Call Boxes
  • A Rooftop Terrace
  • A Café

We'll be updating The Move landing page with photos as we have them, so watch out for that!

when do you need a notary?

We’ll open the doors of our new space between mid-August and mid-September 2018. We plan to begin moving in July to ensure that the space is functional and comfortable by the time you get there. Bottom line, we’ll do everything we can to make the move as seamless as possible.

The move is our third big announcement of 2018 following the news that we’re be expanding our operations with betahaus | Tirana and managing coworking for Berlin’s new blockchain space, Full Node

The idea behind betahaus was never to be just a coworking space. We wanted to create a platform where people of our generation could thrive personally and professionally. We’ve always thought we could do this on a much bigger scale and we’re thrilled to see it happening. We’re excited about what we’re able to learn from this move, not just for betahaus, but for the future of coworking in Europe.

We’re sure you have a lot of questions about what’s coming next. 

We want to hear from you! Email us at themove@betahaus.com or join us for a closed Town Hall where we’ll answer all of your questions and talk through any concerns. We’ve also started members-only page for FAQs, resources, and important dates about the move (check your inbox!). 

We've got some big changes ahead of us, but one thing's for sure: we're so glad to have you with us for the ride!

We're looking forward to this new challenge, and will keep you updated along the way. Get in touch with any questions you might have about Full Node!

Not a blockchain startup but looking for a coworking space? Be sure to check out the flexible membership options at betahaus!

Finally, You describe your target group as LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), which is a very niche market. Can you tell us more about what type of people they ARE and what theY value? What's some advice you can share to other startups targeting this market?

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