Brief pro­fi­le

The Fach­hoch­schu­le West­küs­te — Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces — in Hei­de in 2018 for­med the Insti­tu­te for the Trans­for­ma­ti­on of the Ener­gy Sys­tem (ITE), con­cen­tra­ting its exper­ti­se in the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on in a way con­du­ci­ve to work on inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry pro­blem-sol­ving in par­ti­cu­lar. Six chairs have been crea­ted to rep­re­sent the spe­cia­list fields of sec­tor cou­pling, buil­ding ser­vices engi­nee­ring, net­work inte­gra­ti­on, ener­gy tran­si­ti­on law and busi­ness & socie­ty. In a pro­ject desi­gna­ted Campus100, the deve­lop­ment of the Insti­tu­te and of a tech­no­lo­gy cent­re is being fun­ded by the sta­te government to the tune of 3.2 mil­li­on euros from the European Regio­nal Deve­lop­ment Fund. The uni­ver­si­ty also offers two cour­ses focu­sed spe­ci­fi­cal­ly on the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on: a bachelor’s degree in envi­ron­ment­al­ly-fri­end­ly buil­ding sys­tems engi­nee­ring and a master’s in green ener­gy.

Activi­ties in the real-world labo­ra­to­ry

In the con­text of the pro­ject, the ITE will be con­cen­tra­ting on over­all sys­tem inte­gra­ti­on and the socio-eco­no­mic issu­es. Over­all sys­tem inte­gra­ti­on means that, bey­ond the con­ven­tio­nal sup­ply chain, dif­fe­rent indus­tri­al busi­nes­ses will now be requi­red to work tog­e­ther in a cycli­cal sys­tem, while at the same time ensu­ring that their mate­ri­al flows are regu­la­ted to match each other and meet mar­ket needs. This poses new tech­no­lo­gi­cal and busi­ness chal­len­ges in terms of resour­ce plan­ning and approa­ches to coope­ra­ti­on at manage­ment level. The ITE’s work in this con­nec­tion will focus on hel­ping to deve­lop the sca­ling con­cept and – as a neu­tral play­er – to ela­bo­ra­te balan­ced busi­ness models.

The socio-eco­no­mic issu­es rela­te to ana­ly­sing the medi­um- and long-term tech­ni­cal, soci­al and poli­ti­cal pro­ces­ses asso­cia­ted with sys­tem trans­for­ma­ti­on, tog­e­ther with the legal, eco­no­mic and edu­ca­ti­on poli­cy mea­su­res to be adop­ted as a result. The FHW is to lead this main work packa­ge and will be invol­ving the Insti­tu­te for Cli­ma­te Pro­tec­tion, Ener­gy and Mobi­li­ty (IKEM) and Bre­men Uni­ver­si­ty under sub­con­tract as exter­nal part­ners.

Long-term visi­on

The Westküste100 pro­ject is one of the initia­ti­ves to advan­ce Germany’s indus­tri­al socie­ty in the light of cli­ma­te chan­ge and the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on. This means that not only sci­ence, but by neces­si­ty also indus­try, the skil­led tra­des, and edu­ca­ti­on and voca­tio­nal trai­ning must crea­te a frame­work in which the­se visi­ons can be rea­li­sed. The Insti­tu­te for the Trans­for­ma­ti­on of the Ener­gy Sys­tem forms the sci­en­ti­fic core around which, in clo­se pro­xi­mi­ty to the refi­ne­ry, Campus100 is to be built as a hydro­gen indus­tri­al park, with manu­fac­tu­ring, SMEs, cen­tres of voca­tio­nal and aca­de­mic lear­ning (inclu­ding CPD) and an entre­pre­neu­ri­al space. The pre­con­di­ti­ons for this at the site are ide­al.

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