How start-ups prepare the city of tomorrow

The future of our cities and our countryside will be underlined by a new technological landscape. The batteries with optimized autonomy, the revolutionary means of transport and the robots of all kinds will certainly be an integral part of our future lifestyles.


We only talk about the smart city, also called “smart city” for some time. However, we still can not imagine the steps of the realization of this ideal city. Yet the project is really on the road. Currently, armed with different types of technological innovation, the most ambitious start-ups are working to achieve it. So we will unveil some of these ambitious entrepreneurs in this story.

PowerUp, strongly batteries with large autonomy

It will take batteries that can hold more than 50% of their charge after one month of use to make a real smart city. Indeed, to allow the various robots and gadgets of operation of the city of the future to work, it will be necessary to bet on the batteries with long duration. It is up to the start-up PowerUp to propose this innovation. For that, the engineers of the strat-up count to multiply in two the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries. The majority of nomadic and autonomous gadgets of the smart city will indeed be equipped with li-ion batteries.

Here is the statement of Josselin Priour, CEO of PowerUp about: “By studying the aging of batteries, we understand the various phenomena of degradation and have established strategies to extend their use and know their true lifetime … ., To know that a battery is at 50% of its charge without knowing its true autonomy has no interest, it can even be counterproductive “ .

Josselin Priour said that in this battery autonomy optimization project, the start-up uses charging systems pruned to different influential factors such as the use of equipment, the temperature of the environment where the equipment is used, the nature of the charging energy, etc. Moreover, the start up is currently working in partnership with Enedis, Legrand, Orange and SNCF, for the realization of some projects.

To this revolutionary vision is added a bonus reserved for companies. They will be able to verify the proper operation of their battery farms with PowerUp. PowerUp is nothing more than an artificial intelligence that will collect data on the company’s batteries. This system will certainly be indispensable in the management of cities and public transport networks.

HySiLabs, hydrogen energy soon mastered

All those who do research on renewable energy know that there is hope to put in hydrogen. Indeed, thanks to this energy, carbon balances of the future will be less heavy. However, the means of storage as well as the ways to adopt to properly transport hydrogen are still quite difficult to find. Today, HySiLabs offers the liquid hydrogen vector. The discovery was made by chance and we owe it to researchers from the University of Aix-Marseille.

Certainly, this revolutionary discovery will greatly affect the world of energy transportation. Pierre-Emmanuel Casanova, founder of HySiLabs, 30 years old said that the most difficult with hydrogen, is its gaseous form quite difficult to transport. However, he and his team have discovered a revolutionary way to load and unload a liquid into hydrogen. Therefore, it is now possible to carry seven times more hydrogen, so we will use fewer trucks or boats (less CO2). In addition, the delivery stage will be more efficient.

To summarize the situation, here is the statement of Pierre-Emmanuel Casanova: “With this solution, it will now be possible to power the cities of the future massively, easily and ecologically, especially with energy produced to the other end of the world. Not to mention a real opportunity to finally replace fossil fuels with hydrogen. “ We are certainly on the right track!

Vitirover, the vineyard robots

Just like the smart city , the smart campaign is very charming. Today, the smart campaign is also on track thanks to Vitirover. The start-up precursor of this revolution is in the vineyard of Saint-Emilion. Its founders come from a line of winegrowers. The latter invented the vine growers who can replace the big machines such as tractor.

In charge of connected objects at Vitirover analysis Clément Sanquer, robotics engineer to declare: “Rather than using a large energy-consuming machine or the spreading of a chemical, we propose to deploy a group of small machines very economical and In a way, we return to the ancient technique of releasing sheep to mow the grass “ .

Be careful, these Vitirover robots are not comparable to ordinary gardening machines. They work as a small flock of intelligent and curious animals. More clearly, they communicate with each other. They were invented to organize themselves. Thus, each robot is able to cover his work area and perform regular tasks. If one of the robots breaks down, the others can take over.

In addition to this, thanks to their robust and compact design, they can work on any kind of surface. Moreover, in the very near future, they will maintain the edges of SNCF tracks and the unmaintained land that is in high and medium voltage electrical transformer substations not accessible by simple technicians.

In addition, here is the Clément Sanquer statement on these robots: “They are fault-resistant machines, ecological, free of connection and remotely controllable, so their potential applications are many . Moreover, he believes that these robots are just the beginning. Farmers from all over France are eagerly awaiting the arrival of new Vitirover products.