|Summer semester 2021: Updated hygiene regulations at Hof University|
Dear university members,
The summer semester 2021 is largely running in online mode. Even though the situation has eased considerably in the meantime, we must continue to exercise caution and, above all, still ensure sufficient distance. Practical work in the labs is made possible in presence. For the protection of all participants, we will provide quick tests for this purpose. You will find all important information about this as well as the updated hygiene concept, which will be valid from June 10, 2021, in the information about the summer semester 2021. And please check your mails regularly to stay informed about new developments during the semester. There you will receive additional hygiene concepts that apply specifically to lab exercises and exams in a timely manner.
Please note that masks are mandatory on campus in all hallways and foyers - including individual workstations there - as well as in restrooms and outdoor areas marked with a sign and colored line.
|International Teaching Weeks 2021: Digitally successful but with a touch of melancholy|
Following the biennial cycle, we held our International Teaching Weeks 2021 this spring, despite the pandemic. Unfortunately, it was not possible to hold it according to the proven pattern of the past years, when we received our guest lecturers from the partner universities for a week in Hof and they worked with our students on site. But we took the opportunity to try out new digital formats on an international level.
International guests in all departments
International Co-Teaching: Future-oriented format with fun factor
"The feedback from the students and Prof. Oakes was very positive. We should offer the format again," said Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heym.
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Leuoth pursued a similar model. Together with Abay Nussipbekov from Suleyman Demirel University in Kazakhstan, he held an event in the field of machine learning. Students from both universities worked together to learn how intelligent cameras work. It became apparent that working together across time zones can lead to misunderstandings. As in "real" working life, the participants had to react quickly and flexibly. This also meant adapting to each other's working hours and working a lot on weekends.
"Funny thing was that our kick-off had to start late because we overlooked the time change in Kazakhstan during the planning. Thus, Team Hof was one hour too early. All in all, it was a nice experience for everyone involved." (Prof. Dr. Sebastian Leuoth)
Digital cultural exchange - sometimes with minor obstacles
A touch melancholy
|Power generation in aquacultures, wastewater treatment plants and sewers - sustainable and efficient|
A new research project of the Institute for Water and Energy Management at Hof University of Applied Sciences aims at promoting the potential and usage of hydropower in existing water facilities. The project "Network for the Generation of Energy with Hydropower in Existing Water Facilities (NEEWa)", funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) with 417,000 EUR, strengthens the knowledge transfer from the Green Tech University Hof to regional companies. In addition, the project contributes to the success of Hof as a center of competence for water and renewable energies in the region.
"Everywhere you see water flowing, you also see the power of water. Not using it means wasting potential," says Dr. Harvey Harbach from the Institute for Water and Energy Management (iwe) at Hof University of Applied Sciences, who came up with the idea for the research project. In the new project, five scientists from the iwe are now working on sustainable power generation in existing water plants.
Project manager Prof. Manuela Wimmer points out: "We are working only with water which is to be used additionally for power generation after initial use. Specifically, we are talking about water that has been used in aquacultures for fish farming, recycled into drinking water in wastewater treatment plants, or simply service water that flows through household sewage systems."
In all these cases, the water flows driven by gravity alone. Electric energy can be generated in the process - by using turbines or water wheels - without affecting ecosystems. Here is an example for a potential application: "In our region, for traditional aquaculture, water is routed through ponds in which fish grow. Often the young fish are pre-bred in a hatchery so that by their size, they are better prepared for the environmental conditions outside the hatchery. Therefore, in the hatchery, electricity is needed for pumps, among other things. The idea is therefore to produce the required electricity on site using sustainable methods. Hydropower, which can provide energy 24 hours a day, is ideally suited for this purpose," says Dr. Harbach.
Putting it all together in a network
Our region is home to a wide range of expertise in the form of specialized companies, state offices, authorities and educational institutions such as the university. "Only through exchange and joint dialog can we find the best solutions for sustainable energy generation 4.0" says Dr. Harvey Harbach. Hof University of Applied Sciences not only coordinates the project but also plays an independent role in the network. The university does not pursue any financial interests and thus offers a scientifically neutral network activity to promote water power on the basis of a cost benefit calculation. The aim of the project is bring together the whole value chain under the aspect of knowledge transfer in the network. Through the establishment of the network, the participants will be educated regarding the chances and possibilities of water power. The regular exchange supports the usage and further development of existing and new technologies of hydropower.
Hydropower contributes to climate neutrality
With the Green Deal, the European Union has set itself the goal of being climate-neutral by 2050, i.e., net greenhouse gas emissions must be completely avoided. This goal can only be achieved if the share of renewable energies in final energy consumption is increased. This share is to grow to 32% by 2030. These targets are implemented at national level with the 2030 climate protection program. One further option for decentralized power generation like wind power, solar energy and biomass is hydropower. Hydropower is characterized by favorable production costs and 100% clean, base-load energy from power plants driven purely by altitude. The biggest challenge, however, is the ecological compatibility of the power plants. "Hydroelectric power plants, regardless of their size, may not lead to a threat to the flora and fauna of the riverbed. For this reason, no new constructions are considered in this project but exclusively existing water plants," says Prof. Dr. Wimmer.
Entire institute works together
The iwe bundles competencies in the field of water and energy. "I am immensely pleased that both competencies are being brought together in this project," says institute director Prof. Dr. Tobias Plessing. Hof University of Applied Sciences works together in numerous areas of applied Green Tech research.
|Summer semester 2021: hygiene regulations at Hof University|
Dear teaching and administrative staff, dear students,
we will start the summer semester 2021 largely in online mode, however, practical work in the laboratories will be made possible in presence. For the protection of all participants, we will provide rapid tests for this purpose. Find more information on the current hygiene regulations here. Please check your mails regularly to stay informed about new developments during the semester.
Please note that masks are mandatory on campus in all hallways and foyers - including individual workstations there - as well as in restrooms and outdoor areas marked with a sign and colored line. A map showing the designated outdoor areas can be found here.
|International Textile Online Week|
In 2021, Hof University offers an International Textile Online Week. Take the chance and be part of it!
Course dates: July 12 - 16, 2021
During this digital program, you will get to know our lecturers and their innovative lecture content.
The event will be held as a series of zoom meetings. Free of charge for students and prospective students!
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