150 years of BASF

Our innovations have influenced how we live today. But what will society need tomorrow? In our anniversary year, we are guided by three major questions of the future: What will the cities of the future look like? Where will the energy we need come from? How can everyone have access to healthy food? At BASF, we are working on answers. Find out more on the following pages.

Urban Living

  • Making room where space is scarce

    Big cities the world over are facing enormous challenges. With urban populations constantly growing, living and workspace needs to be found for more and more people. And yet space is limited.

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  • City lifelines

    Urban life is criss-crossed by many different forms of transportation. Streets, rails, tunnels – these are the veins and arteries of a city. Commuters especially rely on fast, dependable connections.

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  • Thirsty cities

    Cities demand great quantities of resources, like water. And yet much of the existing water supply infrastructure in congested urban areas is already being stretched to its limit.

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Smart Energy

  • The power of sun and wind

    They represent renewable energy and generate electricity from natural resources: solar and wind power plants. BASF’s expertise goes into many of these facilities in order to improve their efficiency and longevity.

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  • Buildings as power plants

    Houses need energy: for light and electrical appliances, for heating and air conditioning. Developments like the “passive house” have already significantly improved energy management in modern buildings. And yet we can even go a step further: Buildings can actually become power plants.

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  • The electricity transmission of the future

    When electricity is transmitted over conventional copper conductors, a portion of the electrical energy is always lost in the form of heat. High-temperature superconductors, on the other hand, can transport considerably higher amounts of electricity.

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  • Real bundles of energy

    Electricity is also taking on an increasingly significant role in the field of mobility. Estimates suggest that around 1.2 billion cars will be on the road in 2020 – a good 300 million more than now – most of which in congested urban areas. And yet big cities today are already suffering from smog and noise pollution.

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  • Current technology for laptops

    Smartphones, tablets and laptops: Thanks to their many functions, mobile devices are part of everyday life. Each individual component of these complex electronics must perform at a particularly high level.

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  • In the field

    In order to secure harvests around the world, our crop protection products guard against fungal infections, insect pests and weeds and raise the quality of agricultural products. One of the most destructive soybean diseases is Asian soybean rust – a fungal infection.

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  • Agriculture 2.0

    Modern farms rely more and more on high-tech solutions. It is not uncommon today to see farmers using a tablet or smartphone to assist their work in the field.

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  • Promoting a balanced diet

    Vitamin A deficiency is a serious problem in over 70% of the world’s countries. Each year, one million children die of this form of malnutrition. It can cause blindness and make children more susceptible to deadly infections like measles and pneumonia.

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