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Dear Readers,

Recently, I paid visit to

the IAA Motor Show here

in Frankfurt. One of the

buzzwords of the event was

certainly “smart cities”. The

visionaries of almost all major

car manufacturers, suppliers

and mobility service providers

depict a future with emission-free

mobility, autonomous driving

and intelligent traffic systems

that avoid traffic jams and adapt

immediately to sudden events.

In my opinion, however, we

are still further away from this

“golden age” of mobility and

urban development than these

visionaries want to admit. The energy for e-mobility is still based on

expensive, heavy, and environmentally harmful batteries, whose electricity

still mostly originates from coal-fired power plants or other “ecological

dinosaurs”. And, on top of that: How much is a vision of space-saving,

environmentally-friendly, and innovative mobility truly worth, when we

consider that half the showrooms of IAA were still filled with gigantic

SUVs and sports cars that consume enormous amounts of conventional

fossil fuels?

Nonetheless, the smart city of the future is a vision that must be

pursued – especially by an industry like ours that has so much to

contribute in terms of clean, environmentally-friendly solutions. This

does not only entail mobility, but also buildings and energy storage.

Organic photovoltaics, solar windows, innovative membrane roofs, and

thermoelectric generators are only a few examples for this, as you can see

in this issue of OPE journal.

I hope you enjoyed our coverage from Touch Taiwan 2017 –

a show whose potential has been discovered by an even higher number

of overseas visitors this year. We promise to keep you up-to-date on

all channels with all the relevant news from the organic and printed

electronics field. Just follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn!

Best regards

Martin Hirschmann

No 20 | 2017

OPE journal No 20 / October 2017 / 7



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