The Tech-Week came to an end with a field trip to Clausnitz, where the “Bergland eG” showed us their farm. They try to close the carbon circle as good as possible within their company. They use wind energy, produce the food for their cows completly on their fields (not self explainig with and use the cow dung to supply the biogas plant. The gained Energy (heat and electricity) is used for the buildings on the farm. And the sideproducts of the biogas plant, the fermentation residues, are used for fertilizing the fields.
Besides the process engineering part of the sturctures at the Bergland eG, one of the board members told us a lot about the reality of the forestery, agriculture and livestock farming, with some advices for the students what should be improved in everybody’s life to help the nature. Ususally you don’t see and hear such problems first hand, so it was an astonishing field trip.
On thursday, the first of august, the program of the Schools of University continued with a related topic like the day before. The students learned everything about the gasification of carbon based resources like plastic waste and the synthesis of fuel from this gas. Needless to say that they visited the industrial-scale plants for these production steps at the institute of energy process engineering afterwards.
In the afternoon there were some presentations about the different fields of study related to the different experimental topics of the week. In this way the pupils had the chance to orient themselves for their future study opportunities. The day ended with a visit to the Terra Mineralia, where the soul can calm down by watching those beautiful and stunning minerals.
On wednesday the pupils discussed a lot about the future of mobility. The experiments they did were about the production of biodiesel and the charactization of the current fossil fuels. But of course alternative fuels in general were scrutinized. Now, the students got a view of chemical process engineers on this topic as well as on the complexity of the processes producing the mobility dicisive fuels, and not only the eco-political aspects which are widely discussed in the media.