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!

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).

17. January 2020 – Katina Krell

Excursion to “Schwarze Pumpe” power plant

As part of the course “Power Plant Technology”, students from TU Freiberg went for an excursion to the LEAG power station “Schwarze Pumpe” on January 10, 2020.

It started at the LEAG visitor center. Here, a multimedia exhibition about the energy industry explains vividly how electricity gets reliably into the socket.

The actual power plant tour followed. Since the participating students specialize in the field of energy process engineering, the tour was a bit more technical than normal. Besides asking many questions, they also had the opportunity to visit many technical systems, such as coal supply, steam turbines, cooling tower and flue gas cleaning.

On the way home, everyone agreed that this trip into practice and the collected impressions were an enrichment for everyone.