27. February 2020 – Katina Krell

How can we relieve the environment?

This is the question that apprentices at the SFZ Chemnitz ask themselves in their project “Our ecological footprint”. They were particularly interested in how to use energy efficiently and provide it in an environmentally friendly way. In order to get more background knowledge, 8 apprentices of the 1st year came to IEC with their teachers on February 26th, 2020.

The young people, who are training in professions such as IT specialists and cutting mechanics, first got an insight into the energy supply of Germany and the research work at IEC by research associate Michaela Nguyen. Related to the motto “Energy today and tomorrow”, the apprentices also learned how to reduce their personal CO2 emissions. Many of them were surprised how much CO2 is released by flying, for example.

After the theoretical part, the operational engineer Mr. Küttner led the youngsters through some of our large-scale test facilities. In the slagging fixed-bed gasification plant (SBV), they learned how to make CO and H2 based synthesis gas from coal, biomass or waste. This synthesis gas can then be used in the Syngas-to-Fuel (StF) test facility for the production of synthetic gasoline. It was also exciting for the participants to visit the control room, where the systems are controlled and monitored.

We hope to see SFZ again soon!

19. February 2020 – Katina Krell

Girls Day 2020 – your way into the future!

Are you passionate about technology and want to face the problems of the future? Here is the right thing for you!

March 26th, 2020 is Girls Day – on that day, girls will get to know jobs in technology, IT, handicrafts and sciences. They are going to take a look around at companies or discover courses in the fields of science and technology at universities like TU Freiberg.

On this occassion, we woud like to take you on a journey into the diverse world of process engineering. We clarify questions like: What is process engineering anyway? Which research topics are relevant at the moment, which kind of jobs are possible, how is the course of studies? You will be able to talk to female engineers at the institute and actively join exciting experiments. And the best of all: we have prepared something very special for you in the end – you can be excited!

Register and come to our institute. You will find everything about the program and registration here.

So why leave it to men? Take your chance!

13. February 2020 – Katina Krell

Wi-Ing Camp 2020 – that’s how diversity works!

For the Wi-Ing Camp on February 12, 2020, interested students came together at TU Freiberg to experience a day full of insights into the diversity of the course industrial engineering.

In addition to materials science and mechanical engineering, the engineering focus of the course also included a trip to process engineering. The lecture “Mobility through electricity – what will drive us tomorrow?” gave an overview of the importance of mobility and fuels in society and their impact on the environment. The advantages and disadvantages of various concepts for mobility were also presented in this context: combustion engines, electric motors and fuel cells. Furthermore, the lecturer Florian Keller taught the students procedural steps and priorities of an alternative production of fuels, like fuels from electricity (power-to-liquids) or from waste (gasification and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis).

02. February 2020 – Katina Krell

Carbon – curse or blessing? Our discovery trail explains it!

Heads are put together, ideas are exchanged, facts are researched – we at the IEC are planning something special for you. Until April 25, 2020 an educational trail is going to be created at our institute at Reiche Zeche as part of the Saxon State Exhibition.

The “Carbon Discovery Trail” describes what carbon is, what role it plays in our lives and why it is necessary to rethink its future use. It deals with topics such as plastics, fuels, energy and  environment, which you get to know with the help of interactive elements. You can also take a look at our large-scale test facilities to see how to make gasoline from waste.

Look forward to a lot of new knowledge!