“Although everyone uses batteries, we don’t know all that much about their service life. However, most people are all too familiar with the situation in which the smartphone is showing a 20% charge, but then the phone shuts off shortly thereafter. This observation stoked our interest in taking a closer look at the issue,” says CEO Mandy Schipke. And because no one knows exactly when batteries will wear out, the founder explains, today’s batteries are larger than they would actually have to be. Novum still hasn’t decided which project it intends to go into the Incubator with. “We’re still in talks, but we assume that we will be working on equipping charging stations with our battery lab.” This would enable drivers to have their batteries checked during the charging process. “With cars, it is particularly important because no one wants to get stranded in the middle of a forest,” says Schipke, whose company is four years old and aims to get an additional boost through the Incubator program.