Hof University of Applied Sciences is committed to sustainability and “greentech” and is driving innovation through research into sustainable water management.
One hundred years after it was founded, the Margaretenau building cooperative is getting a facelift. Researchers on the MAGGIE project are working to ensure the renovations deliver energy savings and meet climate targets.
Postdoc Chandra Macauley researches fuel cell structures at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg—one of the top locations for materials science in Germany.
Passive day cooling is a promising technology for the sustainable reduction of energy consumption. It avoids the heating up of buildings by solar radiation and dissipates accumulated heat without external energy consumption. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have now created a test system with which the materials used for passive cooling can be reliably characterised and compared - regardless of weather conditions and environmental conditions. The measurement setup presented in "Cell Reports Physical Science" is the first step towards a standardised, globally applicable test system for comparing high-performance cooling materials.
Nitrogenous fertilisers are necessary to feed a growing world population. The sustainable production of industrially usable nitrogen, especially for fertiliser production, is consequently the focus of the German Research Foundation priority programme "Nitroconversion" (SPP 2370). The coordinator of the programme is the Bayreuth physical chemist Prof. Dr. Roland Marschall. The University of Bayreuth is also home to two of eleven research projects that the DFG has selected for funding. The DFG will initially fund the two projects and the coordination of the programme for three years with a total of around 1.5 million euros.
Thanks to batteries, households with a photovoltaic system on their roofs can now use more of the solar power they have generated themselves. A large number of new business models for decentralized energy supply is not the only feature of the battery market that Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Zademach, professor of Economic Geography at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is researching in his new project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Reducing energy consumption caused by cooling systems and reducing plastic waste in the environment are key requirements for a sustainable economy. In a research project on novel functional films, Bayreuth-based physical chemist Prof. Dr. Markus Retsch aims to tackle both problems simultaneously: In the future, plastic waste is to be processed into large-area films that can cool without the need to supply energy from outside. The project is funded by the Proof of Concept Grants programme of the European Research Council (ERC) with around 150,000 euros.
A low-cost and easy-to-manufacture lighting technology can be made with light-emitting electrochemical cells. Such cells are thin-film electronic and ionic devices that generate light after a low voltage is applied. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Turin have now used extensive data analysis to create first-class electrochemical cells from copper complexes that emit blue and white light.
Engineering students at the University of Bayreuth benefit from a broadly-based research environment with excellent links to industry and small and medium-sized enterprises. They have access to current research projects of great economic-technological relevance at an early stage. At the beginning of their studies, they receive intensive support from researchers and lecturers. For this reason, the University of Bayreuth ranks among the top universities in Germany in the CHE University Ranking 2022 in the field of engineering subjects in the categories "support at the beginning of studies" and "third-party funding per scientist".
The Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology (BayBatt), a research centre of the University of Bayreuth, is launching into the future at a new location in Bayreuth's industrial north. On four floors with a floor space of around 7,000 square metres, the new building offers plenty of space for researching and developing intelligent, networked, and sustainable energy storage systems – in close cooperation between science and industry. Rooms for teaching events promote the dovetailing of research with innovative courses of study. A ceremonial inauguration is planned for November 2022, to which Minister President Dr Markus Söder is among those invited.