Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

The University
With its 10.000 students, the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg is the second largest university and the only technical university in the state of Brandenburg. The University is located in the south of Brandenburg, in the cities Cottbus and Senftenberg. Its degree programmes are highly regarded within Germany and worldwide. Key to this success are the many collaborations in both teaching and research that BTU actively pursues not only with other universities and research institutions but also with local small and medium-sized companies as well as large international organisations and enterprises. In many areas, BTU graduates take part in excellent international research.

Therefore, the BTU Cottbus- Senftenberg has developed an internationalisation strategy and has participated in the auditing process "Internationalisation of Higher Education" of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). Among other, the high degree of internationality at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is demonstrated by the high proportion of international students of around 18 percent from about 100 different countries. Beside this, the University can provide professional graduates for the regional and international economy. The regional effect is achieved by a very active technology transfer with industry and regional economy.

Research Profile
The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is a research intensive university with both, fundamental and application oriented research. The BTU is characterized by the classic features of a technical university. The research areas focus on the following topics:

- Environment

- Energy

- Material

- Building

- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

- Biotechnology

In designated areas of research, the University has acquired approval, not only in Germany but also international. Exemplarily, the following research projects and infrastructures are listed, which should give an orientation to the diverse research activities at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg:

­ -> Chemical storage of energy - Hydrogen Center (Energy): The high-pressure electrolysis of water will be explored at the Hydrogen Center, to store the fluctuating energy from renewable sources in the form of chemical energy (hydrogen). See also

­-> Detection of nanoparticles - NANO DETECTOR (Material): A new method for measurement, detection, and identification of nanoparticles in products and in the environment is explored in an international working group financed by EU-funding. Individual particles can be detected by surface plasmon resonance microscopy, even though the size of the nanoparticels is much smaller than the wave length of the detecting light. Together with nanoparticle producers (SMEs from Italy and the UK) a monitoring solution is developed.

­-> Laser Centre, lightweight construction (Material): The Laser Center allows new developments in research and training for lightweight construction and design. The ultra-modern laser machining center is supported by the federal ministry (BMBF) within the InnoProfile program, which funds systematic investigation of the processing chain of structured sheets as innovative lightweight technology. See also

­-> Micro-algae as a resource for biofuels (Biotechnology / Energy): This project deals with the test of the tolerance of green algae to real flue gas (especially to SO2). Therefore, cultures of the alga Chlorella Vulgaris FHL 132 were exposed to the flue gas of a thermal power station. The eutrophication through this flue gas is an additional research topic within this project.

­-> Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) (Material / Energy / Environment): As the first university in Germany, in 2005 the BTU has established a "University Technology Center" (UTC) together with Rolls Royce. The UTC integrates the BTU into the global research Network of the turbine engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. The five involved chairs with around 20 scientists work on projects like turbine engine optimization, simulation and material exploration. See also

­-> ISS-Experiment GeoFlow I / II (Material): GeoFlow is a space experiment on board of the International Space Station (ISS) which simulates flows in the mantle of a mini-earth model under the condition of microgravity. A DFG-funded research group is involved in this international collaborative project. Partners are the DRL (German Centre for Aerospace) and the universities of Paris, Le Havre, Marseille, Leeds and Potsdam. See also

­-> Electro-mobility - e-SolCar (Energy / ICT): In this e-Mobility project the use of the batteries of electric cars for energy storage is investigated. The question whether the batteries of a fleet of electric cars are suitable for short term energy storage. The aim is to compensate for fluctuations in renewable energy production from wind and sun with the help of an Intelligent Electric Grid. Partners are the Vattenfall Europe AG and the German e-cars GmbH. See also

­-> DFG Research Training Group "Cultural and technical assessments of historic buildings" (Building): Historic buildings are components of cultural systems of value and are carrier of meaning as architecturally-technical performance or as sites of memory. The graduate program has the objective to analyse the tension between art, technology and society in different time horizons and cultures. The bases are single studies on structures and processes of their formation and change from Antiquity to the 20th Century in Europe and the Middle and Far East. See also

­-> IT security in power plants (ICT / Energy): Power plants are among critical infrastructures whose failure or impairment can result in lasting disturbances in energy supply and security. With the long-term goal to prevent attacks on digital process control systems in power plants, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Vattenfall Europe Generation AG and CEBra (Centre for Energy Technology Brandenburg GmbH) have agreed to a long-term cooperation. This cooperation includes the development of a process for the evaluation of IT security in heterogeneous power plant systems.

-> Dependable Cyber Physical Systems (ICT): The international scientific network “Dependable Cyber Physical Systems” (DCPS) is joining scientists from Germany, Estonia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Cyber Physical Systems are large systems and networks located in the “real world” which work under the control of multiple computer-based sub-systems. Examples are electric power grids, air-traffic control, or wireless sensor networks. In all these applications, computers, which work inside a “cyber space” without a notion of real time, are used to monitor and control other systems with strong requirements to guarantee a certain function within strict time limits. See also

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