Win overall follow-up contracts over 40.000€ or 5.000€ in prize money!



Hanover, DE & virtual EnergyDecentral November 15-18, 2022

Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Manuela Rottmann assumes patronage of at EuroTier/ Energy Decentral

"Elementary topic areas such as food security, climate change, rising energy prices and animal welfare play a decisive role in the future of international agriculture. They will be discussed intensively at this year's EuroTier and EnergyDecentral 2022. Identified challenges from research institutions and companies will be addressed at the DLG.Prototype.Club. The innovative format brings together start-ups and established large companies to address the tasks of our time and find new impulses and creative solutions for the future that are tangible for all visitors to the exhibition center.

This example of cross-cultural, cross-functional and cross-sector collaboration paves the way for the future of the industry and ensures that challenges can be tackled successfully."

Dr. Manuela Rottmann, MdB
Parliamentary State Secretary
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture - The Challenges

TransnetBW challenge - Energy System 2050

You can pitch your results either onsite or virtually on Nov 16.

In the Energy System 2050, the demand for flexibility will increase strongly because generation will be largely from renewables and thus volatile and not controllable. This requires a controllable electricity demand that can follow the supply.


The main goal of the challenge is the identification and evaluation of possible business cases for the provision of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services by private e-cars owners, i.e. under which conditions (economic, technical constraints) private citizens are assumed to be willing to offer this flexibility service to the grid, and which incentives should be put in place in order to mobilize such flexibility potential.

In addition, an assessment of a trade-off between the cost of participation to V2G on the one side and need for alternative flexibility options (e.g. stationary batteries, grid reinforcement) on the other side should be analyzed.

Your impact

The results are used for studies on-demand flexibility and the development of new flexibility products. TransnetBW is looking for new service providers and employees. Provide a running prototype plus a budget plan for a first follow-up contract worth 20.000€ or prize money worth 5.000€! So this is a call for an offer in the first place!!

Fraunhofer challenge - Optimize daylight harvesting systems

You can pitch your results either onsite or virtually on Nov 17.

Since irregularities occur due to various work in the barn, we want to install an animal welfare-friendly daylight harvesting monitoring system in a chicken barn through Computer Vision. Daylight harvesting systems use daylight to offset the amount of electric lighting needed to properly light a space, in order to reduce energy consumption. This is accomplished using lighting control systems that can dim or switch electric lighting in response to changing daylight availability.


On the basis of computer vision, the potential for optimal use of daylight is to be determined.

For this purpose, the participants will receive data from the Fraunhofer Institute at the virtual kickoff.


Due to the natural rather dim environment, the eye of the poultry has adapted. Daylight that is pleasant for humans is often too bright and discomforting for poultry. On the other hand, the birds can see less well at night, so a barn that is too dark leads to poor orientation and thus less feed and water intake. Therefore, it is important to have a lighting programme that optimally fulfils animal welfare needs. The lighting programme can influence movement activity, feeding behaviour and feather pecking. Sufficient lighting and light promote health and encourage the broilers to grow healthily. Ideally, the barn has sufficiently large windows because it is not always possible to give the animals free access. Then it is good if sufficient daylight enters the barn.

Your impact

The results are used for studies on the development of new daylight harvesting systems. Win a follow-up contract based on your prototype and 100-days-MVP-concept!

Win overall follow-up contracts over 40.000€ or 5.000€ in prize money! - The Process

The future of professional agriculture is ready for a new form of business development to solve the challenges of digitization quickly and effectively: Welcome to the DLG Prototype.Club.

DLG and Prototype.Club are hosting a novel rapid prototyping competition to help companies find customized solutions to their digitization challenges.

► The DLG Prototype.Club will match a pre-selected group of talents from startups and engineers to solve specific challenges identified by exhibitors at EuroTier / Energy Decentral 2022.

► The selected group of teams will enter a rapid prototyping phase 5 days before EuroTier / EnergyDecentral.

They present their fully functional prototype along with a business plan to the challenge sponsor during the leading trade show for animal agriculture and decentralized energy systems in Hanover, Germany.

That's how it works: