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Autodesk Software Helps Sparks Fly for Leading German Thermoelectric Pioneer

Innovative Start-up uses Digital Prototyping Solutions to Generate Electricity from Waste Heat

FARNBOROUGH, UK, May 23, 2011 - O-Flexx Technologies GmbH, a pioneer in the manufacture of thermoelectric generators, is using 3D design and engineering software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to develop innovative ways of powering off-grid sensors and converting waste heat into electricity.

O-Flexx Technologies is a start-up, working closely with technical universities and industrial partners to make a pioneering range of thermo-electric generators. These enable the autonomous use of sensors as well as the economic use of waste heat within logistics and industrial applications. In turn, this is opening up new markets where this capability has never previously been feasible while helping the industry transition from conventional energy to sustainable, environmentally-sound and renewable sources.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, which provides software for emerging clean tech companies in North America, Europe, and Japan has enabled O-Flexx to work closely with its partners on the design and engineering of this pioneering technology. In particular, it uses Autodesk Inventor Professional in conjunction with its partners to streamline the design of the new generators.    

Joining the programme has enabled O-Flexx to leverage the benefits of Digital Prototyping.

As Marcel Wassink, CEO of O-Flexx Technologies, comments, “Using Inventor as part of a Digital Prototyping workflow helps us drive an innovative development programme which will enable us to implement our patented technology which leads to  2-3 times the efficiency levels of conventional thermoelectric modules and generators.” 

O-Flexx is also using Autodesk® Vault data management software to store and manage designs and drawings, enabling it to quickly find and reuse design data and achieve more flexible and easier management of design and engineering information.

“One of the great benefits of the Autodesk software is that it is easy to use,” adds Wassink, “which means new and existing designers and engineers across O-Flexx and our extended development team are familiar with it and require only minimal training.”  

Erwin Burth, business development manager for Clean Tech at Autodesk, says: “ The aim of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program is to support early-stage clean technology companies by providing design and engineering software that accelerates their development of solutions to the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Our rapidly expanding partner base is testament to the appeal of our offering to these companies.”

Burth continues: “O-Flexx is a great example of a company that is using Digital Prototyping to help drive the industry’s transition to environmentally sustainable energy sources and to deliver genuine innovation in its field of thermoelectric generators.” 

About O-Flexx Technologies GmbH
O-Flexx Technologies, based in Germany, develops and manufactures thermoelectric modules on the basis of its unrivalled technology. O-Flexx Technologies aims to make a significant contribution to reducing the global waste of energy. Its vision is to contribute to the environment by achieving a sustainable efficiency gain through the production of high-performance thermoelectric generators. With its innovative technology it wishes to play a key role in shaping the transition from conventional energy to sustainable, environmentally sound and renewable sources. The combination of an experienced management team, sophisticated technology, the relentless drive for success and the sustained backing of leading investors is the guarantee for an unparalleled success story. Details are available at

About the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports early-stage clean technology companies by providing design and engineering software that accelerates their development of solutions to the world's most pressing environmental challenges. Clean tech companies in North America and Europe who can benefit from Autodesk solutions for Digital Prototyping are invited to apply to receive up to €120.000* worth of software for only €50. Access to a collection of Autodesk industry-leading software applications includes up to five licences of AutoCAD Inventor Professional Suite, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Vault Professional, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Alias Design, Autodesk Algor Simulation and Autodesk Inventor Publisher. For additional information or to apply, visit

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