Press & Media

Would you like to get to know us better? Below you will find a selection of general as well as special interest newspaper, radio, TV and online articles, interviews, op-eds and features. You can access press releases and photos in our press area. You'll also find all news (as well as some additional information) on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

A full electronic press kit (EPK) with footage (from Youncios' Berlin headquarters, our Technology Center and from Graciosa) and interviews (with Younicos management and staff) is available on demand (please contact us, if you're interested).

  • Dutch TV feature on Younicos and renewables in Germany "Tips from our neighbours"

    In this 50 min report, Dutch TV channel VPRO investigates what the Netherlands can "learn" from other countries. They come to Germany to hear about the transition to renewables. After talking to Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, the team pays us a visit (from about minute 38:55) and talks to Gerhard Perlot, Elena Franzen and new hire Björn Lang.

     Watch (German with Dutch subtitles)
  • Report on Graciosa & Younicos, "Süddeutsche Zeitung", 12 August 2012 "Graciosa, independent"

    Michael Baumüller of Germany's most-read quality paper, "Süddeutsche Zeitung"', explains how, in global first, we're using renewables as the core of a megawatt-scale energy system and help save the island money by locking in electricity cost.

     Read article (available only in German)
  • Report & Interview with EDA-CEO on Graciosa, Portugese TV "RTP Açores", 17 July 2012 "Ilha branca e verde" ("White and green island")

    In this 30-minute program "Em Foco" the CEO of our local partner, the Azorean utility EDA, explains how we are building the world's first renewable energy system using industrially available batteries on Graciosa. He describes how we're using our unique test- and demonstration in Berlin to reconstruct the islands future grid on a 1:3 scale, thus making sure that our innovative system will deliver power at least as reliably as the current diesel-based system. Moreover, he talks about how the system can be transferred to other islands globally.

     watch report (available only in Portugese)
  • Feature on the German PV industry and market integration of renewables, "Die Zeit", 4 March 2012 "Brothers, to the sun, to novelty"

    In this feature Anne Kunze of the prestigious weekly "Die Zeit" portraits the rise and recent troubles of Germany's PV industry. She tracks the career of our CEO Alexander Voigt and explains how he moved from production of PV cells and panels to bilding storage-based energy systems that can use up 100 percent wind and sun power.

     Read article (available only in German)
  • TV report on making Graciosa renewable, euronews TV, 2 May 2011 Azores island a test-bed for German energy experiment

    Our CTO Clemens Triebel explains to euronews TV how Younicos plans to power the Azorean island of Insel Graciosa using 75 percent wind and solar energy. Triebel also explains that we can integrate a much more renwable energy into our grids using the same batteries used on Graciosa, while we're also working on home storage units that will allow households to consume a large portion the solar energy they produce decentrally on their roofs themselves (the report is a little ambiguous here: We think that one storage unit per household would be enough most cases and that it should be an addition to larger storage in the MW-range).

     watch report
  • TV report on energy storage and Younicos, ZDF, 10 April 2011 "New storage for clean energy"

    Germany's second national broadcaster ZDF reports about storage technologies for green energy. The first part shows an interesting approach using salt. In the second part Younicos-CTO Clemens Triebel explains how to use battery technology that is already industrially available to make renewable energy just as reliable as fossil and nuclear power.

     watch report (availible only in German)
  • TV report on strorage and Younicos, "Journal", Deutsche Welle TV, 24 March 2011 "Firm develops massive energy storage"

    In this report for "Deutsche Welle TV" our CEO Alexander Voigt explains how Younicos is using technologies like Sodium-Sulfur and Lithium-Titanate batteries to enable the switch to renewable energies not only on Graciosa but also the mainland.

     watch report (availible only in German)
  • Feature on Younicos, Financial Times Deutschland, 12 February 2011 "Battery-Power for the island"

    In the kick-off to a series about "Storing & Saving" Nikolai Fichtner writes in the German edition of the FT that renewables can be competitive today already and explains which storage technologies Younicos is using to help renewables out-compete traditional fossil fuels.

     Read feature (available only in German)
  • Feature on Graciosa und NaS batteries, "Die Welt", 20 December 2010 "Azorean island of Graciosa to become energy autonomous"

    In the "Science" section of the broadsheet "Welt" Wolfgang W. Merkel explains Youncios' Graciosa project as well as how Sodium-Sulphur (NaS) batteries can compete on the mainland today and thus help to bring more renewables into the grid. (NB: the article also appears in the Berlin-daily "Berliner Morgenpost", which also carries an "assessment" ("Grade A") of Younicos-cofounder Alexander Voigt).

     Read feature (available only in German)
  • Feature on Younicos and Graciosa, "Recharge", 3 December 2010 "Island pioneers future without fossil fuels"

    In a special section for the COP16 summit in Cancun "Recharge" technology editor Darius Snieckus explains how Younicos plans to free the Azorean island of Graciosa from fossil fuels.

     Read feature
  • Portrait of Alexander Voigt, 3sat-nano series "Visionaires", 5 May 2010 "Energy Autonomous Life"

    In its feature/portrait series "Visionaries" "nano", the science programme of the GAS-channel 3sat looks to the future. Younicos founder and CEO Alexander explains his vision of an independent energy supply.

     Watch feature (available only in German)
  • Radio feature on Younicos, rbb inforadio, 11 April 2010 "Flexible workspaces"

    Reporting on concepts for flexible workspaces Anja Dobrodinsky of Berlin's rbb inforadio explains how Yill can help save money by reducing construction costs and allowing for the optimal use of innovative heating and cooling concepts while also making a green impact.

     "Flexible workspaces"