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Students develop impressive ideas for the mobile future

Date of publication:
June 28, 2024

First presentation of the NEW:MOBILITY Award in Bruchsal

The winners of the NEW:MOBILITY Award 2024 have been announced. The competition for school students was held for the first time in the 2023/2024 school year. It was organized by the Bruchsal Regional Economic Development Agency (WFG) and the EfeuCampus Bruchsal, under the patronage of Oliver Luksic, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport. The seven student teams that made it to the final were presented with their awards at a ceremony on June 28, 2024 at the EfeuCampus.

The NEW:MOBILITY Award promotes young talents and motivates them to develop innovative ideas for sustainable mobility. All secondary schools in the Bruchsal region were able to take part. The teams of pupils have developed business ideas over the past few months and have now presented them in the form of videos and posters. SEW-EURODRIVE, Volocopter, Stadtwerke Bruchsal, KIT and other regional companies were on hand to support them, for example in the creation of prototypes.

The placings:

1st place (shared): Project "Moby Müll" - HLA Bruchsal
Project "Wall-E" - HLA Bruchsal

2nd place: "Hover Shoe" project - Pestalozzi School Graben-Neudorf

3rd place (shared): Project "Friday Eye" - HLA Bruchsal
Project "e-Baby" - HLA Bruchsal

4th place (shared): Project "Drone IT" - HLA Bruchsal
Project "H2Go" - HLA Bruchsal

The award ceremony took place in the presence of the participating schools, partner companies and interested members of the public at Campus 22, a real-world laboratory for autonomous driving in the former dragoon barracks in Bruchsal. In addition to the prize money, the winners were given the opportunity to present their projects in an exhibition on the EfeuCampus.

Enthusiasm among jury, patron and organizers

"Promoting innovative ideas from young people is essential for the development of sustainable mobility solutions. Bruchsal is an impressive example of how commitment and creativity can lead to pioneering projects," emphasized Oliver Luksic, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, who is the patron of the award, in his video message to the guests.

Thomas Anderer, Managing Director of EfeuCampus Bruchsal GmbH, added in his welcoming address: "It is inspiring to see how committed and visionary the students are in their approach to the challenges of tomorrow's mobility." The projects submitted are an important impetus for the sustainable development of our region. In order to shape the future, it is fundamental to involve young people, a factor to which the Last Mile City Lab Bruchsal always pays particular attention.

"The NEW:MOBILITY Award shows very impressively how much innovative power and creativity our young people have," says WFG Managing Director Stefan Huber. "The support of the companies has confronted the barrier-free future thinking of the student teams with the experiences and requirements of the economy and contributed significantly to even better results." For the WFG, the award is a further building block in the "Springboard Training" initiative, which enables young people to come into contact with technology and companies while still at school and find out about career opportunities in the region.

It will continue in the next school year!

The NEW:MOBILITY Award will also be presented in the coming school year 2024/2025. Schools from the Bruchsal region can apply from mid-July and submit their innovative ideas. This once again offers the opportunity to present and further develop creative and forward-looking projects. The first schools have already expressed their interest in taking part in the next award with their own ideas.

Wirtschaftsförderung Region Bruchsal GmbH and EfeuCampus Bruchsal GmbH thanked all participating schools and partners for their commitment and look forward to continuing this successful competition in the coming year.

Further information: NEW:MOBILITY Award

European School and Welcome Center work together

Date of publication:
June 24, 2024

Ceremonial signing of a cooperation agreement between the European School Karlsruhe and the Welcome Center TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe

The European School Karlsruhe (ESK) and the Welcome Center TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (TRK) signed a cooperation agreement on Sunday, June 23, 2024. Daniel Gassner, Director of the European School Karlsruhe, and Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, signed the agreement, which aims to bring international families and skilled workers closer to the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and promote social and cultural integration. The signing took place in the presence of Dr. Frank Mentrup, Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TRK GmbH, as part of ESK's annual summer party. In his welcoming address, Dr. Mentrup emphasized the importance of this collaboration for the region: "The European School and the Welcome Center are key institutions that significantly increase the attractiveness of our region for international skilled workers and their families. This collaboration underlines our commitment to continuously strengthening the welcoming culture at TRK ." 

 

Daniel Gassner, Director of the European School Karlsruhe, emphasized: "The future cooperation with the Welcome Center TRK represents an important contribution to the networking of the school - regionally and internationally. Newly arrived families can easily contact the Welcome Center and get to know the region."

 

"The cooperation with this educational institution, which is unique in the TRK region and which itself employs numerous skilled workers from Europe and around the world, demonstrates the importance of soft location factors for attracting international skilled workers. We want to attract skilled workers from abroad and their families to the region and invite them to stay - in line with our slogan " High-tech meets lifestyle", says Jochen Ehlgötz.

Petra Bender, Head of the Welcome Center TRK, emphasized on stage: "We are very much looking forward to addressing the international teachers and parents of the ESK with our offers in order to facilitate their arrival and accelerate their integration. For example, with individual consultations on topics such as family reunification or career prospects at TRK through to cultural events such as joint visits to the theater."

The cooperation agreement also includes access for international specialists to the "Welcome Guides" tandem program and the monthly "International Come Together" meetings, which promote exchange and new contacts.

In addition, the Welcome Center will communicate the European School as a possible school location and workplace for parents in consultations with international families and promote networking between the school and local partners. An annual presentation of the Welcome Center TRK at the European School Karlsruhe is also planned.

 

Signing of the cooperation agreement. (from left to right) Petra Bender, Head of Welcome Center TRK; Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director TRK; Dr. Frank Mentrup Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe and Chairman of the Supervisory Board TRK; Daniel Gassner, Director of the European School Karlsruhe; Monika Stahl, Consultant Welcome Center TRK. © TRK GmbH/ ARTIS-Uli Deck

Baden-Baden and the district of Rastatt become a MINT cluster

More than 20 learning locations are being set up and equipped

Date of publication:
June 11, 2024

The EleMINT project, supported by CyberForum e.V., the city of Baden-Baden and Ohlebusch gGmbH, aims to make STEM education accessible to children and young people throughout Baden-Baden and the district of Rastatt by the end of 2026. The project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, thus makes an important contribution to teaching young people future skills.

The EleMINT project is based on the successful concept of the "technika | Karlsruher Technik-Initiative" and relies on the use of technical toys such as fischertechnik to teach STEM subjects. Since 2013, more than 10,000 children and young people between the ages of eight and 16 have been introduced to STEM topics in a playful way at over 150 learning locations equipped with fischertechnik and have become enthusiastic about technology and computer science.

STEM education for all

The different requirements of children and young people are taken into account and their intrinsic motivation for STEM subjects is encouraged at both school and extracurricular educational venues as well as at special education and advice centers. In vacation programs, workshops and events, they will not only acquire technical knowledge and social skills, but also experience self-efficacy - true to the motto: Discover - Understand - Shape the future.

Further information: www.mint-festival-karlsruhe.de

 

 

The raw materials turnaround can come

Presentation of the bioeconomy strategy for the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.

Date of publication:
May 06, 2024

The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) presented its RE²source bioeconomy strategy on April 22, 2024. More than 90 guests attended the event at the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce, demonstrating the great interest in the topic.

Dr. Andre Baumann, State Secretary at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, emphasized the growing importance of the bioeconomy for Baden-Württemberg in his welcoming address and stressed: "With increasing urbanization, we are faced with the challenge of organizing material flows, using them efficiently and recycling raw materials. We therefore expect the scaling up of biotechnological processes for the recycling of residual materials and the expansion of corresponding infrastructures to be a priority and an important economic sector for ensuring sustainable prosperity. Being able to observe this future trend in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion today is a very positive sign."

In his keynote speech, Dr. Roland Breves, Chairman of the Board of the Cluster Industrial Biotechnology (CLIB e.V.), highlighted the potential and dynamics of the bioeconomy and emphasized the importance of cooperative collaboration between different players: "The circular bioeconomy offers the opportunity to achieve economic success through new alliances and business models. The connection between our cluster and the TRK stakeholder network creates opportunities for the mutual development of expertise, from which stakeholders across the entire value creation network benefit."

The bioeconomy strategy was presented by representatives of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH (TRK GmbH), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB). It became clear that the intensive cooperation of the past twelve months with stakeholders from local authorities, industry and science will continue to be the key to success.

Lenz Sulzer from TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH summarized the goals of the strategy process and emphasized the importance of innovation transfer for the region: "The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion can provide the solutions needed for the raw materials transition in a future-oriented economy. One focus of our work will be to show clear examples of the use of renewable resources and the recycling of residual materials through new biotechnical and chemical processes with demonstrators and to create contact points so that companies in the region can make even better use of the opportunities offered by this structural change."

The fact that the bioeconomy is already successfully finding its way into TRK in many facets was demonstrated by various specific practical examples: Alpha-Protein GmbH from Bruchsal, Stadtwerke Ettlingen GmbH, Team Sauberes Karlsruhe and EnergyLab 2.0 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT ) presented their approaches and experiences from projects in the field of the bioeconomy. And it really is everywhere - even where you first think of completely different topics - for example at SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG from Bruchsal.

Katrin Alt from SEW-Eurodrive's development department explains: "We synthesize the base oil for our 'GearFluid Poly by SEW-Eurodrive' from sustainable biomass. TheCO2 value of the base oil is 84% lower than that of conventional polyglycol lubricants. We are thus making an important contribution to reducing the use of fossil raw materials. Compared to conventional bio-oils, GearFluid Poly also enables a 300% longer service life and maximum energy efficiency of our drives."

As a region of innovation, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion can rightly claim to have established itself as a leading bioeconomy region. Among other things, it is one of the 29 model regions for industrial bioeconomy recognized by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). Since last fall, it has been working together with over 20 partners from Germany in the BMWK project "TransBIB" to network and accelerate the transfer process to industry.

 

Presentation of the bioeconomy strategy for the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.

Date of publication:
May 06, 2024

The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) presented its RE²source bioeconomy strategy on April 22, 2024. More than 90 guests attended the event at the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce, demonstrating the great interest in the topic.

Dr. Andre Baumann, State Secretary at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, emphasized the growing importance of the bioeconomy for Baden-Württemberg in his welcoming address and stressed: "With increasing urbanization, we are faced with the challenge of organizing material flows, using them efficiently and recycling raw materials. We therefore expect the scaling up of biotechnological processes for the recycling of residual materials and the expansion of corresponding infrastructures to be a priority and an important economic sector for ensuring sustainable prosperity. Being able to observe this future trend in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion today is a very positive sign."

In his keynote speech, Dr. Roland Breves, Chairman of the Board of the Cluster Industrial Biotechnology (CLIB e.V.), highlighted the potential and dynamics of the bioeconomy and emphasized the importance of cooperative collaboration between different players: "The circular bioeconomy offers the opportunity to achieve economic success through new alliances and business models. The connection between our cluster and the TRK stakeholder network creates opportunities for the mutual development of expertise, from which stakeholders across the entire value creation network benefit."

The bioeconomy strategy was presented by representatives of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH (TRK GmbH), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB). It became clear that the intensive cooperation of the past twelve months with stakeholders from local authorities, industry and science will continue to be the key to success.

Lenz Sulzer from TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH summarized the goals of the strategy process and emphasized the importance of innovation transfer for the region: "The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion can provide the solutions needed for the raw materials transition in a future-oriented economy. One focus of our work will be to show clear examples of the use of renewable resources and the recycling of residual materials through new biotechnical and chemical processes with demonstrators and to create contact points so that companies in the region can make even better use of the opportunities offered by this structural change."

The fact that the bioeconomy is already successfully finding its way into TRK in many facets was demonstrated by various specific practical examples: Alpha-Protein GmbH from Bruchsal, Stadtwerke Ettlingen GmbH, Team Sauberes Karlsruhe and EnergyLab 2.0 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT ) presented their approaches and experiences from projects in the field of the bioeconomy. And it really is everywhere - even where you first think of completely different topics - for example at SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG from Bruchsal.

Katrin Alt from SEW-Eurodrive's development department explains: "We synthesize the base oil for our 'GearFluid Poly by SEW-Eurodrive' from sustainable biomass. TheCO2 value of the base oil is 84% lower than that of conventional polyglycol lubricants. We are thus making an important contribution to reducing the use of fossil raw materials. Compared to conventional bio-oils, GearFluid Poly also enables a 300% longer service life and maximum energy efficiency of our drives."

As a region of innovation, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion can rightly claim to have established itself as a leading bioeconomy region. Among other things, it is one of the 29 model regions for industrial bioeconomy recognized by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). Since last fall, it has been working together with over 20 partners from Germany in the BMWK project "TransBIB" to network and accelerate the transfer process to industry.

 

Center for future-oriented mobility development

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will be exhibiting from May 14 to 16, 2024 at the IT-TRANS at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center

Date of publication:
April 23, 2024

Once again, the region's mobility players are pooling their expertise in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab and presenting themselves together at IT-TRANS - International Conference and Trade Fair, which will take place at Messe Karlsruhe from May 14 to 16, 2024. At the joint stand, the Lab's partners will present their projects - from ways to improve transport connections between urban and rural areas to on-demand transport and autonomous driving. In addition to an extensive lecture program directly at the stand, testing, touching and trying out will also be on the agenda for three days. Partners of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab include KIT, KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the German Center for Future Mobility.

 

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK ) stands for a unique ecosystem in which science, business, the public sector and innovative transport companies work hand in hand. Together, they develop interdisciplinary solutions for the mobile world of tomorrow. These are put into practice, analyzed and tested with citizens. Thanks to its partners, the lab is a globally recognized center for the development of intelligent concepts for the urban and regional mobility of the future. "A key focus of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is on the further development of local public transport and the development of completely new mobility concepts," explains Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. "In this way, researchers from the region are making a significant contribution to the mobility revolution worldwide. The Karlsruhe Mobility and TechnologyRegion can rightly call itself a pioneer in terms of sustainable mobility development."

Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, is also convinced of the importance of the project: "The future of mobility is being shaped in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab - and we are delighted that this creative think tank of our Karlsruhe players is once again presenting its innovative strength with a stand at IT-TRANS. The transport revolution can only succeed if business, science and the public sector pull together. This is exemplified here in Karlsruhe - the result is exciting projects that can take mobility to the next level."

 

At the joint stand (Y3/dm arena), the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will be presenting future-oriented mobility concepts and initiatives that promote them over three days:

  • The German Center for Mobility of the Future (DZM), an association of Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Minden and Annaberg-Buchholz in the field of mobility, presents lighthouse projects such as on-demand shuttle services and two-way vehicles for rail.
  • The Innovation Campus Mobility of the Future (ICM) demonstrates how cloud technology can be used to implement scalable solutions and improved functionalities for connected vehicles and optimize their operation in terms of energy efficiency.
  • The KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center presents example projects on autonomous driving, intermodal transportation and sustainable mobility. These include the lighthouse project "Country-2-City" Bridge, which is researching sustainable and attractive transport options between urban and rural areas as part of the DZM.
  • The FZI Research Center for Information Technology uses the example of smart bus stops to show how existing urban infrastructure can support the operation of automated shuttles. Both the bus stop and the vehicle are equipped with sensors whose data is used by artificial intelligence not only to increase the safety of road users, but also to increase the scalability of automated and networked vehicles in the traffic environment.
  • The aim of regioKArgo is to develop a sustainable, holistic logistics concept for the Karlsruhe region. The LogIKTram, URBANE and regioKArgoTramTrain projects will be presented at the stand and are set to go into regular operation.
  • The joint mobility portal of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and the City of Karlsruhe offers comprehensive information on mobility issues in Baden, the Southern Palatinate and Northern Alsace. The platform provides free and mostly real-time data on motor vehicle and bicycle traffic, public transport and multimodal mobility.

A lecture forum with numerous exciting presentations and project insights will take place at the trade fair stand on all three days of the fair. For example, INIT will be presenting the research project "KARL - AI for Work and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region", which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and in which a digital suggestion assistant for public transport control centers is being developed. The project is the central point of contact in the Karlsruhe region for questions relating to AI in the world of learning and work and brings together 17 project partners. They are all gathering insights into the design of the working world of tomorrow and testing them as models for explicit AI use cases. The complete lecture program can be viewed at www.trk.de/mobility.

 

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will also be presenting at an IT-TRANS Market Update Forum on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. In the session "Improving public transport beyond city limits", the Lab will present current solution modules for integrative and seamless public transport of the future to trade fair visitors and conference participants.

 

The region enjoys recognition from politics and science due to its innovative climate. Well-known companies such as INIT and PTV are based here and successfully export mobility solutions "Made in TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe" all over the world. It is home to important institutions such as the Baden-Württemberg Institute for Sustainable Mobility and a site of the German Center for Future Mobility (DZM). As a university and research location, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is characterized by a high density of research projects and institutions in the field of mobility. "With our interdisciplinary applied research and the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab ecosystem, we want to help shape the mobility of the future," says Dr. Miriam Ruf from Fraunhofer ICT and head of the KAMO office. The KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center is an association of the Karlsruhe institutions for research, teaching and transfer (FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the four Karlsruhe Fraunhofer Institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI, IWM), which develop innovative, interdisciplinary mobility solutions together with partners from industry, society and the public sector.

 

The Managing Director of the KIT Center for Mobility Systems, Dipl.-Ing. Eva-Maria Knoch, also sees the region as a hotspot for pioneering concepts for the mobility of the future and is looking forward to IT-TRANS: "We focus on mobility solutions based on the idea of networked mobility along mobility chains. As a partner of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab, we will be presenting our research into future public transport systems with a particular focus on user acceptance and look forward to stimulating discussions."

 

Partners of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab at IT-TRANS 2024 are the major mobility players in the region.

In addition to TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, these are: Automotive Engineering Network e.V. (AEN), German Center for Future Mobility (DZM), FZI Research Center for Information Technology, INIT Group, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the Innovation Campus Mobility of the Future (ICM), the KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center and the KIT Center for Mobility Systems, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) with Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) and Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (VBK), Messe Karlsruhe, PTV Planung Transport Verkehr GmbH, Tiefbauamt der Stadt Karlsruhe, TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK) and UITP Regional Training Centre Karlsruhe.

 

IT-TRANS - International Conference and Trade Fair

IT-TRANS is the leading international trade fair and conference specializing in digitalization and intelligent solutions for public transport. The event in Karlsruhe is the central industry meeting point for everyone involved in public transport: Focus topics include AI, payment and ticketing, cybersecurity, data governance and much more. IT-TRANS has been organized in cooperation with UITP - The International Association of Public Transport and Messe Karlsruhe since 2008. IT-TRANS will take place from May 14 to 16, 2024 at Messe Karlsruhe, Germany.

NEO2024 Innovation Award: Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion seeks pioneering solutions in the circular economy

Submission deadline until June 4

Date of publication:
April 9, 2024

This year's Innovation Award of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is all about the circular economy. In view of pressing global challenges such as climate change, energy transition, sustainability and resource scarcity, the promotion of innovative approaches to closing product and raw material cycles is of crucial importance. These solutions play a key role in making the economy more sustainable and in competing internationally.

"Activities that contribute to avoiding waste and improving efficiency in the use of resources can be worthy of an award. This can include reducing material consumption, extending product life, recycling and reusing products and materials," explains Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH.

The NEO Innovation Prize is awarded both nationally and across borders in Alsace, France. Companies, start-ups, research institutions and individuals are invited to submit their pioneering ideas and projects that contribute to the development and implementation of the circular economy.

"Companies today are faced with the challenge of not only being economically successful, but also taking responsibility for our environment. The circular economy is not a trend, but a necessity. It is an opportunity for companies to promote innovation and at the same time make a positive contribution to our world," emphasizes Dr. Frank Mentrup, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH and Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe.

The competition takes place in two stages: Participants apply by June 4, 2024 with a brief description in German or English via the TRK website. A high-caliber expert jury with representatives from science, business and politics will make a pre-selection and request further elaborations from a maximum of ten projects. From these, it then nominates up to five submissions for the award ceremony. The finalists present their ideas to the audience on the day of the award ceremony before the NEO2024 winners are announced. In addition to the jury prize of 20,000 euros, an audience award donated by Nussbaum Medien will once again be presented. The award ceremony will take place on December 5 in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.

Further information on the application and the conditions of participation can be found at trk.de/neo2024

49th meeting of the Regional Conference of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

The future of culture - dialog at eye level

Date of publication:
April 5, 2024

When culture and business come together, it's not just about money and sponsorship per se. This was made abundantly clear at the 49th meeting of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion's regional conference. Rather, cooperation at eye level was the wish of all participants.

"We wanted to create something new within the regional conference with the format of a discussion round with the most important cultural players in the region," explains its Chairman and IHK President Wolfgang Grenke. "We offered a platform in the IHK Haus der Wirtschaft to network the worlds. We should realize that we have an exceptional cultural landscape by international standards, which is far too often taken for granted." Everyone agreed that culture means quality of life. "It is also an important location factor. If we want to keep people in our region or attract them to our region, this is an asset that we can use to our advantage. In the competition between regions, our exceptional range of cultural facilities and events is a clear unique selling point. It is not without reason that the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion has the slogan "High-tech meets lifestyle", because culture in its many forms is an important location factor, also from an economic point of view. This will play an increasingly important role, especially against the background of the shortage of skilled workers." In this context, Grenke highlighted the cooperation between the Welcome Center of the TechnologyRegion (TRK) and the Badisches Staatstheater.

Karlsruhe's Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup also emphasized: "With the start of new eras in some venues, we are looking forward to exciting times in our regional cultural scene, which may even have an impact on the whole country. Everyone involved is aware that cultural institutions are increasingly becoming places of discussion that must also be attractive to the younger generations."

Wolf E. Rahlfs, artistic director of the Badische Landesbühne Bruchsal, wants the aforementioned dialog at eye level. "We are not supplicants," explains the former actor and director firmly. Johannes Graf-Hauber, Director of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, takes a similar view. "We seek out and use collaborations with the business world. For example, in the area of 3D printing for our stage sets. Or, with regard to the TRK hydrogen offensive, I ask myself the question: why can't we as a theater test a hydrogen truck for our fleet?" Efficient and sustainable theater renovation would also be impossible without cooperation with the private sector.

Incidentally, sustainability is also a topic close to the heart of Nicola May, director of the Stadttheater Baden-Baden. Her wish for the region in response to the question posed by moderator Dr. Volkmar Baumgärtner, Managing Director of KulturRegion Karlsruhe: better public transport connections to the theater. Not least in terms of sustainability. She also made it clear that theater is timeless and (almost) crisis-proof. Ultimately, it only needs one person on stage and one person in the audience. An art of the moment.

A second important topic came into play here: for May and Rahlfs, theater and culture are above all analog, not in the sense of opposing digital, but as places of encounter between people in the audience or, ideally, with the people on stage. Perhaps also as places of encounter in the middle of the city. Prof. Dr. Frédéric Bußmann, Director of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, for example, has to make a virtue out of necessity. Baumgärtner calls it closed but open. "We are a nomadic museum," explains Bußmann, "dependent on cooperation, for example with the ZKM, which has given the exhibitions a new home, a strategy for the future born out of necessity. This shows that a museum is more than just a place. Here, too, there are opportunities for cooperation with industry, namely in partnership for a sustainable expansion of the Kunsthalle.

Prof. Dr. Eckart Köhne, Director of the Baden State Museum, whose home, Karlsruhe Palace, is to be renovated from autumn 2025, is facing a similar situation. He is hoping for asylum in the city center. "After all, culture is an important location factor for tourism and a component of a liveable city center."

Alistair Hudson, who has been director of the ZKM for one year and two days, wants to lead the museum into its third era, into the "Post-Digital Bauhaus" chapter. How could it be otherwise, the Englishman is focusing on international digital collaborations that make time and space unimportant and no longer direct the focus of the cultural world exclusively on the world's cultural capitals. Karlsruhe can also score points here with extraordinary innovations, not least thanks to the cooperation between culture, business and technology.

All those involved saw the subsidies for the cultural facilities as justified. "The investment in a society worth living in is definitely worth the money.

View into the TRK

Managing Director Jochen Ehlgötz provided the traditional look at the activities of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. As already mentioned, the region is focusing heavily on H2 hydrogen as a very important energy source for the region's future energy supply and as a contribution to CO2 neutrality. "We have enormous expertise in this area. Within our project, "Climate protection and value creation through hydrogen - KWH2", we want to show ways, define framework conditions and are planning an initial modeling by the H2iPortKAMod project consortium in the Rhine port."

In this context, Ehlgötz announces the Hydrogen Week from June 17 to 21, 2024 at the IHK Karlsruhe.

Other key topics at TRK include national and possibly international networking in the field of bioeconomy. Work is currently underway on a bioeconomy strategy for the region, which will be presented at the IHK on April 22. The NEO 2024 Innovation Award also deals with the topic of sustainability. It is looking for innovations in the circular economy.

Finally, the Baden-Baden Film and Series Festival was presented, which is considered one of the most important industry gatherings.

Regional conference TRK (Source: IHK)

Second art prize awarded in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

You have until April 26 to apply online for the 2nd Art Prize, which will be awarded in summer 2025

Date of publication:
March 25, 2024

The art prize is aimed at artists who live and work at TRK . The basic idea of the art prize is to challenge critical voices on the subject of AI in particular against the backdrop of the diversity of applications and areas of use. For this reason, TRK explicitly encourages artists to take a critical look at the risks of this technology, which is no longer entirely new.
 
You can find the complete call for entries at kunstpreis-in-der-trk.de

Center for future-oriented mobility development

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will be exhibiting from May 14 to 16, 2024 at the IT-TRANS at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center

Date of publication:
April 23, 2024

Once again, the region's mobility players are pooling their expertise in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab and presenting themselves together at IT-TRANS - International Conference and Trade Fair, which will take place at Messe Karlsruhe from May 14 to 16, 2024. At the joint stand, the Lab's partners will present their projects - from ways to improve transport connections between urban and rural areas to on-demand transport and autonomous driving. In addition to an extensive lecture program directly at the stand, testing, touching and trying out will also be on the agenda for three days. Partners of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab include KIT, KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center, the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the German Center for Future Mobility.

 

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK ) stands for a unique ecosystem in which science, business, the public sector and innovative transport companies work hand in hand. Together, they develop interdisciplinary solutions for the mobile world of tomorrow. These are put into practice, analyzed and tested with citizens. Thanks to its partners, the lab is a globally recognized center for the development of intelligent concepts for the urban and regional mobility of the future. "A key focus of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is on the further development of local public transport and the development of completely new mobility concepts," explains Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. "In this way, researchers from the region are making a significant contribution to the mobility revolution worldwide. The Karlsruhe Mobility and TechnologyRegion can rightly call itself a pioneer in terms of sustainable mobility development."

Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, is also convinced of the importance of the project: "The future of mobility is being shaped in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab - and we are delighted that this creative think tank of our Karlsruhe players is once again presenting its innovative strength with a stand at IT-TRANS. The transport revolution can only succeed if business, science and the public sector pull together. This is exemplified here in Karlsruhe - the result is exciting projects that can take mobility to the next level."

 

At the joint stand (Y3/dm arena), the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will be presenting future-oriented mobility concepts and initiatives that promote them over three days:

  • The German Center for Mobility of the Future (DZM), an association of Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Minden and Annaberg-Buchholz in the field of mobility, presents lighthouse projects such as on-demand shuttle services and two-way vehicles for rail.
  • The Innovation Campus Mobility of the Future (ICM) demonstrates how cloud technology can be used to implement scalable solutions and improved functionalities for connected vehicles and optimize their operation in terms of energy efficiency.
  • The KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center presents example projects on autonomous driving, intermodal transportation and sustainable mobility. These include the lighthouse project "Country-2-City" Bridge, which is researching sustainable and attractive transport options between urban and rural areas as part of the DZM.
  • The FZI Research Center for Information Technology uses the example of smart bus stops to show how existing urban infrastructure can support the operation of automated shuttles. Both the bus stop and the vehicle are equipped with sensors whose data is used by artificial intelligence not only to increase the safety of road users, but also to increase the scalability of automated and networked vehicles in the traffic environment.
  • The aim of regioKArgo is to develop a sustainable, holistic logistics concept for the Karlsruhe region. The LogIKTram, URBANE and regioKArgoTramTrain projects will be presented at the stand and are set to go into regular operation.
  • The joint mobility portal of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and the City of Karlsruhe offers comprehensive information on mobility issues in Baden, the Southern Palatinate and Northern Alsace. The platform provides free and mostly real-time data on motor vehicle and bicycle traffic, public transport and multimodal mobility.

A lecture forum with numerous exciting presentations and project insights will take place at the trade fair stand on all three days of the fair. For example, INIT will be presenting the research project "KARL - AI for Work and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region", which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and in which a digital suggestion assistant for public transport control centers is being developed. The project is the central point of contact in the Karlsruhe region for questions relating to AI in the world of learning and work and brings together 17 project partners. They are all gathering insights into the design of the working world of tomorrow and testing them as models for explicit AI use cases. The complete lecture program can be viewed at www.trk.de/mobility.

 

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will also be presenting at an IT-TRANS Market Update Forum on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. In the session "Improving public transport beyond city limits", the Lab will present current solution modules for integrative and seamless public transport of the future to trade fair visitors and conference participants.

 

The region enjoys recognition from politics and science due to its innovative climate. Well-known companies such as INIT and PTV are based here and successfully export mobility solutions "Made in TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe" all over the world. It is home to important institutions such as the Baden-Württemberg Institute for Sustainable Mobility and a site of the German Center for Future Mobility (DZM). As a university and research location, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is characterized by a high density of research projects and institutions in the field of mobility. "With our interdisciplinary applied research and the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab ecosystem, we want to help shape the mobility of the future," says Dr. Miriam Ruf from Fraunhofer ICT and head of the KAMO office. The KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center is an association of the Karlsruhe institutions for research, teaching and transfer (FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the four Karlsruhe Fraunhofer Institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI, IWM), which develop innovative, interdisciplinary mobility solutions together with partners from industry, society and the public sector.

 

The Managing Director of the KIT Center for Mobility Systems, Dipl.-Ing. Eva-Maria Knoch, also sees the region as a hotspot for pioneering concepts for the mobility of the future and is looking forward to IT-TRANS: "We focus on mobility solutions based on the idea of networked mobility along mobility chains. As a partner of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab, we will be presenting our research into future public transport systems with a particular focus on user acceptance and look forward to stimulating discussions."

 

Partners of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab at IT-TRANS 2024 are the major mobility players in the region.

In addition to TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, these are: Automotive Engineering Network e.V. (AEN), German Center for Future Mobility (DZM), FZI Research Center for Information Technology, INIT Group, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the Innovation Campus Mobility of the Future (ICM), the KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center and the KIT Center for Mobility Systems, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) with Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) and Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (VBK), Messe Karlsruhe, PTV Planung Transport Verkehr GmbH, Tiefbauamt der Stadt Karlsruhe, TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK) and UITP Regional Training Centre Karlsruhe.

 

IT-TRANS - International Conference and Trade Fair

IT-TRANS is the leading international trade fair and conference specializing in digitalization and intelligent solutions for public transport. The event in Karlsruhe is the central industry meeting point for everyone involved in public transport: Focus topics include AI, payment and ticketing, cybersecurity, data governance and much more. IT-TRANS has been organized in cooperation with UITP - The International Association of Public Transport and Messe Karlsruhe since 2008. IT-TRANS will take place from May 14 to 16, 2024 at Messe Karlsruhe, Germany.

NEO2024 Innovation Award: Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion seeks pioneering solutions in the circular economy

Submission deadline until June 4

Date of publication:
April 9, 2024

This year's Innovation Award of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is all about the circular economy. In view of pressing global challenges such as climate change, energy transition, sustainability and resource scarcity, the promotion of innovative approaches to closing product and raw material cycles is of crucial importance. These solutions play a key role in making the economy more sustainable and in competing internationally.

"Activities that contribute to avoiding waste and improving efficiency in the use of resources can be worthy of an award. This can include reducing material consumption, extending product life, recycling and reusing products and materials," explains Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH.

The NEO Innovation Prize is awarded both nationally and across borders in Alsace, France. Companies, start-ups, research institutions and individuals are invited to submit their pioneering ideas and projects that contribute to the development and implementation of the circular economy.

"Companies today are faced with the challenge of not only being economically successful, but also taking responsibility for our environment. The circular economy is not a trend, but a necessity. It is an opportunity for companies to promote innovation and at the same time make a positive contribution to our world," emphasizes Dr. Frank Mentrup, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH and Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe.

The competition takes place in two stages: Participants apply by June 4, 2024 with a brief description in German or English via the TRK website. A high-caliber expert jury with representatives from science, business and politics will make a pre-selection and request further elaborations from a maximum of ten projects. From these, it then nominates up to five submissions for the award ceremony. The finalists present their ideas to the audience on the day of the award ceremony before the NEO2024 winners are announced. In addition to the jury prize of 20,000 euros, an audience award donated by Nussbaum Medien will once again be presented. The award ceremony will take place on December 5 in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion.

Further information on the application and the conditions of participation can be found at trk.de/neo2024

49th meeting of the Regional Conference of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

The future of culture - dialog at eye level

Date of publication:
April 5, 2024

When culture and business come together, it's not just about money and sponsorship per se. This was made abundantly clear at the 49th meeting of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion's regional conference. Rather, cooperation at eye level was the wish of all participants.

"We wanted to create something new within the regional conference with the format of a discussion round with the most important cultural players in the region," explains its Chairman and IHK President Wolfgang Grenke. "We offered a platform in the IHK Haus der Wirtschaft to network the worlds. We should realize that we have an exceptional cultural landscape by international standards, which is far too often taken for granted." Everyone agreed that culture means quality of life. "It is also an important location factor. If we want to keep people in our region or attract them to our region, this is an asset that we can use to our advantage. In the competition between regions, our exceptional range of cultural facilities and events is a clear unique selling point. It is not without reason that the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion has the slogan "High-tech meets lifestyle", because culture in its many forms is an important location factor, also from an economic point of view. This will play an increasingly important role, especially against the background of the shortage of skilled workers." In this context, Grenke highlighted the cooperation between the Welcome Center of the TechnologyRegion (TRK) and the Badisches Staatstheater.

Karlsruhe's Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup also emphasized: "With the start of new eras in some venues, we are looking forward to exciting times in our regional cultural scene, which may even have an impact on the whole country. Everyone involved is aware that cultural institutions are increasingly becoming places of discussion that must also be attractive to the younger generations."

Wolf E. Rahlfs, artistic director of the Badische Landesbühne Bruchsal, wants the aforementioned dialog at eye level. "We are not supplicants," explains the former actor and director firmly. Johannes Graf-Hauber, Director of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, takes a similar view. "We seek out and use collaborations with the business world. For example, in the area of 3D printing for our stage sets. Or, with regard to the TRK hydrogen offensive, I ask myself the question: why can't we as a theater test a hydrogen truck for our fleet?" Efficient and sustainable theater renovation would also be impossible without cooperation with the private sector.

Incidentally, sustainability is also a topic close to the heart of Nicola May, director of the Stadttheater Baden-Baden. Her wish for the region in response to the question posed by moderator Dr. Volkmar Baumgärtner, Managing Director of KulturRegion Karlsruhe: better public transport connections to the theater. Not least in terms of sustainability. She also made it clear that theater is timeless and (almost) crisis-proof. Ultimately, it only needs one person on stage and one person in the audience. An art of the moment.

A second important topic came into play here: for May and Rahlfs, theater and culture are above all analog, not in the sense of opposing digital, but as places of encounter between people in the audience or, ideally, with the people on stage. Perhaps also as places of encounter in the middle of the city. Prof. Dr. Frédéric Bußmann, Director of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, for example, has to make a virtue out of necessity. Baumgärtner calls it closed but open. "We are a nomadic museum," explains Bußmann, "dependent on cooperation, for example with the ZKM, which has given the exhibitions a new home, a strategy for the future born out of necessity. This shows that a museum is more than just a place. Here, too, there are opportunities for cooperation with industry, namely in partnership for a sustainable expansion of the Kunsthalle.

Prof. Dr. Eckart Köhne, Director of the Baden State Museum, whose home, Karlsruhe Palace, is to be renovated from autumn 2025, is facing a similar situation. He is hoping for asylum in the city center. "After all, culture is an important location factor for tourism and a component of a liveable city center."

Alistair Hudson, who has been director of the ZKM for one year and two days, wants to lead the museum into its third era, into the "Post-Digital Bauhaus" chapter. How could it be otherwise, the Englishman is focusing on international digital collaborations that make time and space unimportant and no longer direct the focus of the cultural world exclusively on the world's cultural capitals. Karlsruhe can also score points here with extraordinary innovations, not least thanks to the cooperation between culture, business and technology.

All those involved saw the subsidies for the cultural facilities as justified. "The investment in a society worth living in is definitely worth the money.

View into the TRK

Managing Director Jochen Ehlgötz provided the traditional look at the activities of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. As already mentioned, the region is focusing heavily on H2 hydrogen as a very important energy source for the region's future energy supply and as a contribution to CO2 neutrality. "We have enormous expertise in this area. Within our project, "Climate protection and value creation through hydrogen - KWH2", we want to show ways, define framework conditions and are planning an initial modeling by the H2iPortKAMod project consortium in the Rhine port."

In this context, Ehlgötz announces the Hydrogen Week from June 17 to 21, 2024 at the IHK Karlsruhe.

Other key topics at TRK include national and possibly international networking in the field of bioeconomy. Work is currently underway on a bioeconomy strategy for the region, which will be presented at the IHK on April 22. The NEO 2024 Innovation Award also deals with the topic of sustainability. It is looking for innovations in the circular economy.

Finally, the Baden-Baden Film and Series Festival was presented, which is considered one of the most important industry gatherings.

Regional conference TRK (Source: IHK)

Second art prize awarded in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

You have until April 26 to apply online for the 2nd Art Prize, which will be awarded in summer 2025

Date of publication:
March 25, 2024

The art prize is aimed at artists who live and work at TRK . The basic idea of the art prize is to challenge critical voices on the subject of AI in particular against the backdrop of the diversity of applications and areas of use. For this reason, TRK explicitly encourages artists to take a critical look at the risks of this technology, which is no longer entirely new.
 
You can find the complete call for entries at kunstpreis-in-der-trk.de

Public transportation: Efficient services for commuting between urban and rural areas

The German Center for Future Mobility is launching a site project in Karlsruhe to improve transport links between the city and the surrounding area

Date of publication:
March 8, 2024

Living in the countryside and working in the city is a challenge for many people. Seamless, efficient transportation systems are still rare in rural areas and often offer no alternative to owning a car. Researchers in the Country to City Bridge - C2C Bridge project at the Karlsruhe site of the German Center for Future Mobility (DZM) are now investigating how to design sustainable and attractive transport services between urban and rural areas. Led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the focus is on public transport services such as shared autonomous on-demand cabs and intelligent transfer hubs. In addition to the technical issues, the researchers also want to look at the social acceptance of new mobility technologies.
 
"In order to bring everyone along on the road to sustainable mobility, we need convincing, effective and seamless solutions for commuting between the city and the surrounding area," says Professor Oliver Kraft, representing the President of KIT. "With the strong cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional approach of C2C Bridge, we can make a decisive contribution to the development of such solutions."
 
"In C2C Bridge, long-standing partners are pooling their expertise to develop planning concepts and the appropriate technical solutions. The needs and feedback of the users are part of the work right from the start," says Professor Thomas Hirth, Vice President Transfer and International Affairs at KIT.
 
"With the development of the 'Karlsruhe Model', our region has already laid important foundations for sustainable mobility in the city and surrounding area in the past," adds Karlsruhe's Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup. "Now we need to integrate further offers - and C2C Bridge is a promising approach here. We are delighted that the fan-shaped city is once again doing pioneering work."
 
Autonomous mobility services with high social acceptance
 
In daily commuter traffic in Germany, the average car is only occupied by 1.1 people, with correspondingly high space and energy requirements and the resulting CO2 emissions per person in commuter traffic. In C2C Bridge, the researchers are investigating how they can close the current gaps in public transport services. "We are particularly interested in looking at which aspects, including the degree of individualization, are decisive for people being able and willing to change their mobility behavior," says Professor Frank Gauterin, Head of the Institute of Vehicle Systems Engineering at KIT and spokesperson for the C2C Bridge consortium.
 
The aim is to develop a mobility service with a high level of social acceptance based on new, automated vehicle concepts and their networked operation. Automated call-and-collect cabs in rural areas should offer a service that makes it possible to get to your destination efficiently. At the same time, they will be designed to transport up to four people, wheelchairs, baby carriages and luggage. At mobility stations on the outskirts of cities, it will be possible to switch to conventional public transport or other alternative means of transport such as rental bikes. This will connect rural areas to the city. "In addition, the vehicles will in future be able to drive in convoys, also known as platoons, in dense traffic in order to take up less space and improve safety and efficiency at the same time," says Gauterin.
 
Analysis of society's mobility needs
 
In order to develop needs-based solutions, the researchers are in close dialog with all stakeholders: "In order to gain a differentiated understanding of mobility needs in urban and rural areas, we will engage in an intensive exchange with citizens, potential operators, urban planners and vehicle manufacturers," says Professor Peter Vortisch, Head of the Institute of Transportation at KIT. This also means that the researchers will present different vehicles and infrastructures in C2C Bridge. Based on the analysis, the scientists want to develop and build prototypes of vehicles and mobility stations in a second project phase. "The transport offer will be developed with constant feedback from users in order to research the optimal transition between urban and rural areas," says Vortisch.
 
KIT initiated the C2C Bridge site project and is involved with a total of 12 institutes. The consortium partners are the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, an innovation partner of KIT, the Baden-Württemberg Institute for Sustainable Mobility at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB. Together, these Karlsruhe mobility research institutes form the "KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility" research cluster, in which they have been working together on various projects since 2016.
 
C2C Bridge and the German Center for Future Mobility
 
The overall Country to City Bridge - C2C Bridge project started at the beginning of 2024 and will run until 2027. The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport is funding the first part of the project with 12.3 million euros.
 
The project is embedded in the German Center for Future Mobility (DZM), which, with its four locations in Hamburg, Annaberg-Buchholz, Minden and Karlsruhe, spans a nationwide research network and pools expertise in mobility research. During the course of the project and beyond, the locations will network via a series of events. These serve to promote communication in politics, business and society as well as cooperation between the locations. Annual rolling conferences, seminars and winter schools bring the scientists from the locations together. Continuous coordination between the projects at working and management level creates synergies and allows the project results to be checked for transferability.
 
Further information: fast.kit.edu/Projects
 
Researchers in the C2C Bridge project are investigating transport systems for an optimal transition between urban and rural areas. (Image: KAMO 2024)
Researchers in the C2C Bridge project are investigating transport systems for an optimal transition between urban and rural areas. (Image: KAMO 2024)

TRK is pleased about the funding of the project "TransBIB" - TRANSFERNETZWERK ZUR BESCHLEUNIGUNG DER INDUSTRIELLEN BIOÖKONOMIE

More than 20 stakeholders from the industrial bioeconomy's model regions are pooling their expertise in the nationwide TransBIB funding project. Their goal: to accelerate Germany's transformation to an industrial bioeconomy. The project is being funded by the BMWK with EUR 5.6 million.

Date of publication:
February 27, 2024

The bioeconomy concept aims to reduce dependence on non-renewable raw materials and instead rely on biological, renewable resources and biogenic residues. The approach combines ecological sustainability with economic growth. Innovations in the fields of biotechnology, green chemistry and the sustainable use of resources play an important role here.

However, the transfer of bioeconomic developments from research laboratories to industrial production is progressing very slowly. Promising bioeconomic solutions are already available in Germany today, but are often not ready for industrial production. Biotechnological innovations that have been successfully developed in the laboratory must first be validated in an industry-oriented environment before production can be scaled up and market acceptance can be generated with a corresponding willingness to invest. As the test environment required for this, e.g. the construction of demonstration plants, is very cost-intensive and associated with technical and regulatory challenges, experts refer to this phase of the technology maturity model as the 'Valley of Death'.

The aim of the nationwide TransBIB funding project is to accelerate the transfer and scaling of bioeconomic innovations:

✔️ Networking bioeconomy stakeholders "bottom-up" throughout Germany

The TransBIB transfer network links the example regions of the industrial bioeconomy and pools expertise in research, industry and politics in order to make scalable bioeconomy technologies accessible to industry more quickly from the bottom up. TransBIB forms the national framework for accelerating the bioeconomy and actively promotes cooperation with the state ministries responsible for the bioeconomy, including the Federal Government's Bioeconomy Council and the Industrial Bioeconomy Dialogue Platform.

✔️ Inventory of the "one-stop store" bioeconomy

Knowledge on the bioeconomy has so far been very scattered and fragmented. TransBIB is therefore conducting a Germany-wide inventory of industrial sites and databases in order to subsequently bundle them in a new "one-stop store". In addition, expert networks are preparing important bioeconomy topics and communicating them to specific target groups.

✔️ Prediction and evaluation of new bio-based value chains

New bio-based value chains are needed to achieve independence from oil. To this end, a digital tool is used to digitally record material flows in the sample regions, make them usable and thus develop new value creation networks. These are then evaluated in terms of their feasibility and sustainability and proposed to the example region for implementation.

✔️ Easy access to regulatory and certification issues

TransBIB will provide easy access to regulatory issues and certification for companies and develop proposals to simplify them.

✔️ Training the specialists of the future

The transition of the economy to bio-based circular systems requires new skills for industry specialists. TransBIB is therefore developing future-oriented training concepts to counteract a shortage of skilled workers in Germany.

The "TransBIB" project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) as part of the "Directive to promote the use and construction of demonstration plants and model regions for the industrial bioeconomy" with a total of over €5.6 million. The project sponsor is VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH. The first funding period runs for 36 months from October 2023 to September 2026.
The TransBIB consortium consists of 14 partner organizations, including universities, research institutes, innovation clusters and regional development companies as well as other associated partners and subcontractors. The joint project is headed by Dr. Matthias S. Scholz at the Technical University of Munich.

TransBIB@TRK
TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH is involved in the project, particularly in the areas of networking stakeholders and regions, internationalization and the creation of new value chains and business areas.
Contact: Dr. Petra Jung-Erceg | [email protected]

Further links:
- Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK):
https://www.bmwk.de/Navigation/DE/Home/home.html
- BMWK example regions of the industrial bioeconomy:
https://www.bmwk.de/Navigation/Karte/SiteGlobals/Forms/Formulare/karte-beispielregionen-formular.html?queryResultId=null&pageNo=0
- Federal Government Bioeconomy Council:
https://www.biooekonomierat.de/
- Dialogue platform industrial bioeconomy:
https://www.bmwk.de/Redaktion/DE/Dossier/industrielle-biooekonomie-wachstum-und-innovation.html
- Funding guideline:
https://www.bmwk.de/Redaktion/DE/Downloads/F/foerderrichtlinie-industrielle-biooekonomie.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=1
- Bioeconomy in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion:
https://trk.de/kernk

Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing visits lithium extraction optimization plant in Landau, Rhineland-Palatinate

First plant for the production of green lithium on a ton scale worldwide

Date of publication:
November 29, 2023

Federal Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing visited Vulcan's newly opened lithium extraction optimization plant (LEOP) in Landau, Rhineland-Palatinate, on Saturday, 25 November. The LEOP will be the first plant in the world to produce green, climate-neutral lithium on a tonne scale. During his visit, the Transport Minister emphasized the importance of domestic raw material extraction for the German and European battery and automotive industry. Petra Dick-Walther, State Secretary for Economic Affairs in Rhineland-Palatinate, and Hans-Peter Behrens, Member of the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament, also visited the Vulcan plant with Wissing. On the day of the official opening, numerous local politicians and representatives of public interests, such as Dr. Dominik Geissler, Mayor of Landau, and Andreas Tschauder, Head of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Office for Geology and Mining, celebrated the commissioning of the LEOP together with Vulcan representatives.

With the LEOP, Vulcan is also opening the first plant on European soil that will provide lithium extracted entirely in Europe on a ton scale. Vulcan has set itself the goal of becoming the world's first producer of green lithium while at the same time providing renewable energy. Using deep geothermal energy, the company will extract lithium from the lithium-rich, hot brine of the Upper Rhine Graben and at the same time provide renewable energy for local communities and industry. With this project, Vulcan is aiming to establish Europe's first safe and sustainable lithium supply chain and support the German and European battery and automotive industries in their transformation towards a climate-neutral future.

For almost three years, Vulcan successfully tested lithium extraction from the thermal water of the Upper Rhine Graben for 18,000 hours in pilot plants in Insheim and Landau (Rhineland-Palatinate). The results show high lithium extraction rates and use of the sorbent tested without signs of wear over several thousand cycles. Vulcan uses VULSORB®, a sorbent developed in-house, in the process. Compared to conventional products, this has a higher efficiency.

During his visit, the Minister of Transport emphasized the need for domestic raw material production in view of the ramp-up of electromobility. The European Union has decided to phase out combustion engines by 2035. The automotive industry is dependent on the procurement of large quantities of critical battery raw materials. Europe currently obtains more than 80% of the lithium it needs from refineries in China. With the Critical Raw Materials Act and the Net Zero Act, the European Union has underpinned its decision to reduce the existing dependency in this area. Domestic raw materials projects are to be promoted.

"What we are seeing today in Landau with the new Vulcans plant is a small revolution," said Wissing during his visit. "For the first time, a plant will produce tons of lithium entirely in Europe - and in a climate-neutral way. Extracting raw materials locally is the key to a self-sufficient and secure supply for Europe. The extraction of lithium from thermal water in the Upper Rhine Graben is a promising opportunity with great potential to establish a secure, independent lithium supply chain in Europe. This creates new jobs and strengthens Germany as a location for innovation and business."

Successful exchange on the topic of securing skilled workers in the automotive industry in Rastatt

"The technology of tomorrow must be learned today."

Date of publication: November 24, 2023

The further education and training of transformation processes in the automotive industry requires new skills, according to Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe (TRK) GmbH, who hosted the 5th edition of the Business Breakfast Transformation of the Regional Automotive Industry on November 14 in the Reithalle Rastatt in front of around 60 guests. The joint event organized by Automotive Engineering Networks (aen), the city of Rastatt and TRK GmbH showcased support options, funding opportunities and many examples of best practice - also with a view to markets and international specialists.

The transformation is bringing major changes for employees, explained Rastatt's outgoing mayor Hans Jürgen Pütsch, precisely because companies are also thinking in decades: It is necessary to network across borders, according to the head of the town hall, who thanked for the thematic treatment of the topic. It is particularly important that contacts are also established and maintained between companies, after all, change is sometimes already taking place within companies. "This is both a risk and an opportunity," said Pütsch, especially in the area of mobility, where priorities are shifting, "also for politics!"

In a panel discussion with examples of best practice, Julia Kraft, Head of HR at mobility service provider Wackenhut GmbH & Co. KG and Dr. Falk Hartmann, principal of the Carl-Benz-Schule Gaggenau, shared insights into their work with (prospective) trainees. Against the backdrop of changing job profiles and the transformation of technology, alternative drive types, sensor technology and AI must already be taught at school. This makes an intensive dialog between schools and companies all the more important - the technology of tomorrow must be learned today. The discussion showed that appreciating the work, identifying with the company by building up emotions and increasing the value of training can be strategies for attracting and retaining trainees.

Marco Baumgartner from the Institute for Learning and Innovation in Networks (ILIN) at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences used the "KARL" project ("Artificial Intelligence for Work and Learning in the Karlsruhe Region") to shed light on the topic of "future technology AI" and the skills that specialists need for the upcoming transformation. "KARL" addresses skills in the context of AI and examines the implementation of these in companies.

Whether retraining, partial qualification, further training support for employees in companies or careers advice: Tanja Bäuerle and Steffen Dorst from the Employer Service of the Karlsruhe-Rastatt Employment Agency discussed possible support in all phases of working life. Low-threshold offers are important, and a personal approach is also a success factor in the company. When it comes to qualifications, it is important to build on strengths.

Regine Zizelmann from the Baden-Württemberg State Network for Continuing Education Guidance highlighted continuing education guidance as a cross-sectional task for overcoming the shortage of skilled workers: educational guidance is definitely also a management tool and must be brought into companies to combat the shortage of skilled workers.

Petra Bender from the Welcome Center of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion spoke about attracting and retaining international skilled workers at TRK . The international approach to securing skilled workers is also of enormous importance for the region. Whether companies, local authorities or research institutions: the Welcome Center offers targeted advice, from recruitment and residence law issues to integration into the company.

Tim Siegel from the Landeslotsenstelle Transformationswissen BW addressed the topic of consulting vouchers. Among other things, medium-sized companies in the automotive supply industry could receive support ranging from strategy consulting to process optimization.

Information and further dates can be found at www.ae-network.de and at the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab.

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KULT award ceremony
The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) honors original projects and productions with the Culture Prize every two years. On this page you can find out all the details about the KULT Prize from TRK.
Bioeconomy
The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion was recognized by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection as one of 28 model regions for its activities in the field of industrial bioeconomy.
EXPO REAL
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