The next issue will be published in September 2020: Energy Whether as a force of nature or guided by human hands – our world would come to a standstill without energy. Its generation and distribution, processing, and use are the subjects of the next issue. Legal information Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG Corporate Communications Lutz Odewald (Editor-in-Chief) Telephone: +49 5235 3-42153 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Design and implementation: Ralf Tegtmeyer, Christian Brill Photo credits: Cover image: © S_D_Brath/Shutterstock © Shutterstock: 2, 4, 6, 8, 16, 42, 43 Andre Köller: 3, 18, 37 ff., 41 Thomas Franz: 21 ff. Lutz Odewald: 10, 14, 17, 19, 28, 31, 32 ff. Gregor Ostendorf: 40 From the industry: Alstom, Michael Wittwer MIT/AMS Institute Netherlands Blue Ocean Robotics ETH Zurich/Alessandro Della Bella Copyright © 2020 Phoenix Contact All rights reserved. VISION BECOMES REALITY All Electric Society Virtually inexhaustible electricity generated exclusively on a climateneutral basis – is this a distant utopia? What does this mean for the economy today? Roland Bent, General Manager of Phoenix Contact, in an interview. TAPPING INTO THE SUN Menteroda solar power plant How a power generator skillfully feeds the fluctuating power of our star into the grid. LIGHT BECOMES SMART Aladdin’s magic lamps Intelligent lighting systems are an integral part of Smart Cities. We visit a place where lanterns are not just taught to shine.