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23. June 2022 – Katina Krell

Smartest night of the year – Night of Science & Business

In hot summer temperatures, more than 5,000 visitors of all generations attended the Night of Science and Business on June 18, 2022. More than 150 program points at three locations delighted the young and old guests.

At the Schlossplatz, our scientific staff from the IEC showed how exciting the research topics are in the context of the energy and raw materials turnaround with presentations and hands-on experiments. Numerous children’s experiments for our young guests already showed the researchers of tomorrow. Another highlight were the Segway rides, where visitors could prove their skills in an obstacle course. Curious visitors tasted our home-brewed campus beer “Reicher Zecher” and spoke highly of it. All in all, all participants were able to show how many ideas & technologies there are for a more sustainable world – and above all, that science is fun!

For more information and photos, please visit the website of the Night of Science & Business.

Did you enjoy the event? Then we’ll see you in 2024 – at the next Night of Science & Business!


16. June 2022 – Katina Krell

Youth Climate Conference 2022

After 2019 and 2020, the 3rd Youth Climate Conference in Saxony took place this year on June 11 at the TU Chemnitz.  The Saxon state government has set itself the task of carefully examining efforts in climate protection, energy transition, mobility of the future and sustainability at regular intervals together with the young generation, to be in exchange and to realign goals. Students not only had the opportunity to talk to Minister President Michael Kretschmer, but were also able to inform themselves, discuss and gather new ideas on the topics of mobility of the future, energy transition and sustainability.

Our institute was also represented here by Prof. Martin Gräbner, who discussed in an info session on the topic of “E-Fuels – On the way to greenhouse gas-free mobility” the question of whether and how the production of synthetic fuel from CO2 and H2O with the help of electrical energy can help to achieve the CO2 emission targets, make electricity storable and continue to use existing cars, trucks, ships, aircraft.
In another lecture by our scientific assistant Ludwig Georg Seidl around the topic of “Chemical recycling of plastic waste”, the big questions for a sustainable society were discussed: What actually becomes of our plastic waste? How recyclable is plastic? How can high-quality plastic be produced from plastic waste?

Youth Climate Conference – 11.06.2022

19. June 2020 – Katina Krell

Carbon Discovery Trail officially opened!

The time has come – the Carbon Discovery Trail has opened!

The “Carbon Knowledge Journey” was ceremoniously unveiled by Prof. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, District Administrator Matthias Damm, Mayor Sven Krüger and Prof. Bernd Meyer.

We are pleased that so many interested parties accepted the invitation to yesterday’s opening despite all the current conditions and bad weather forecasts. We had a wonderful event with the best company and sunshine. Maybe you followed it on the live stream?

We look forward to many curious visitors, young and old!

Photo: Detlev Müller

25. May 2020 – Katina Krell

Online campus day 2020 – review

On May 16 for the first online campus day, over 400 participants followed the virtual course presentations and asked their questions in the WEB consultation hour with the study advisors. One of the highlights was the virtual campus tour. The diverse offers of the individual departments were very well received and used with enthusiasm. For that we would like to thank all visitors.

We look forward to meeting some of you personally in Freiberg and at the institute soon!

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!