RWTH Aachen University a New Partner in the Climate-KIC Network

11/05/2012

Climate-KIC, a public-private partnership that is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology as a "Knowledge Innovation Community," promotes the collaboration between European research institutions, universities, governments, and businesses in the arena of climate change. The goal is to support the worldwide transition to a sustainable, climate-friendly economy,  to drive innovation in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and to strengthen Europe's economy.

 

About 100 universities, non-university research institutions and major corporations from all over Europe are already partners of Climate-KIC. With RWTH Aachen University, another prestigious institution has joined the network.

RWTH is now an Affiliate Partner of the German Climate-KIC Center. Hans-Jürgen Cramer, the Director of Climate-KIC Germany, is very pleased to team up with such a high-profile partner:

In Germany, RWTH Aachen is not only well known for its outstanding research and teaching, but also has a strong network of contacts with business and industry. It also ranks first nationally in external research funding. The focus on real-world applications in collaboration with industry gives all Climate-KIC partners additional opportunities for cooperation and support.

Hans-Jürgen Kramer, Director of Climate-KIC Germany

Cramer is confident that there will be additional support from both industry and academia for the innovative start-ups that are supported by Climate-KIC.

Professor Rolf Roissant, Vice-Rector for Structure and Research at RWTH Aachen University, welcomes the new collaboration and very much looks forward to the launch of innovative projects between the select network of Climate-KIC partners and RWTH institutions. The core areas of Climate-KIC, such as zero-carbon production and climate change, are also in the focus of research activities at RWTH – these topics are addressed, for instance, in the University’s Clusters of Excellence.

RWTH Aachen is Germany’s Integrated Interdisciplinary University of Technology. It maintains close ties with business and industry, and with its 260 institutes in nine faculties it is one of the leading European educational and research institutions. Contributions to topics addressed by Climate-KIC, such as low-carbon economy, will be made by the “Tailor-Made Fuels From Biomass” Cluster of Excellence as well as by JARA-ENERGY, which conducts research on the efficient generation and utilization of energy. JARA-ENERGY is part of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, a collaboration between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich. RWTH also closely collaborates with key partners of Climate-KIC, such as the IDEA League, the TU9 universities, and the corporations Bayer and E.ON.

At RWTH, the premier site for successful collaboration between research and industry is its new, integrated research campus which, after completion, will extend to 2.5 square kilometers and be one of the largest technology-oriented research areas in Europe. A new infrastructure is currently being built for 19 thematic research clusters, which are to facilitate integrated, multi-disciplinary research collaborations between the University’s institutes and faculties and up to 250 national and international companies. The “Sustainable Energy” research cluster, for example, aims at increasing energy efficiency and developing forms of sustainable power generation. Furthermore, the establishment of the E.ON Research Center, which includes five RWTH professorships from various faculties, provides the opportunity to investigate complex problems concerning the sustainable supply of energy and to become the leading research site in the field of energy research.

In the “Dream Production” project supported by Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the CAT Catalytic Center, a collaboration between RWTH Aachen University, Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Technology Services, conducts excellent basic research and is currently concerned with the production of high-quality plastics using carbon dioxide, which, as a supplier of carbon, can replace a portion of the crude oil used in the production process.

RWTH Aachen University looks forward to the cooperation with Climate-KIC in order to consolidate existing collaborations and launch exciting new, innovative projects with partners from Climate-KIC.

 

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