Projects

ADerN - Expansion and Digitisation of Efficient Renewable Local Heating Networks

The project "Expansion and Digitisation of Efficient Renewable Local Heating Networks (ADerN)", funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), networks technology providers, planning offices, operators and users under the central theme of "local heating networks" and strengthens the transfer of knowledge between universities and companies. In further training measures, participants from the network are to be trained in new technologies and innovative possibilities in the field of local heating technology and brought up to the current state of the art.

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AutAllo - Green Energy from Biomass

This project has already been successfully completed.

The acronym "AutAllo" means a combination of autothermal and allothermal gasification of biomass in an innovative approach that uses wooden char coal as an internal gas filter. The aim of this project was the development of a 25 - 50 kW biomass gasification unit for the decentral production of green electricity and heat. Since this technology is more flexible in the use of different feedstock materials than classical reactors, the degree of utilization of given biomass potentials can be further increased.

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BioBioCarrier - Development of fully aquaponically biodegradable growth media with release of nutrient additives for biological water treatment

The project "Development of completely biodegradable growth carriers in aquaponics with the release of nutrient additives for biological water treatment" (in short: BioBioCarrier), funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM), deals with the production of sustainable food in a special form of closed aquaculture, the aquaponics.

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BRAVE - Biogenic residue alternatives in composite materials

In BRAVE the substitution of fossil raw materials for composite materials by biogenic alternatives is being investigated. The objective is to completely replace fossil resources with renewable resources while maintaining the same level of performance.

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DigiNaX - Digitization Report and Sustainability Index

As part of the DigiNaX project, a digitization report will be developed that maps the state of digitization of the water industry as a digital portal, and a sustainability index will be determined that includes the creation and implementation of a sustainability concept with development of indices for Hof University of Applied Sciences.

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DigitalDialog4.0

Digitization has arrived in the water industry. The debate is no longer about whether digitization is necessary, but only when and in what form. A study at Hof University of Applied Sciences found that the implementation of digitization solutions available on the market is still very hesitant in some cases. With the project "DigitalDialog4.0" funded by the DBU Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, the Bundesverband KOMMUNAL 4.0 e.V., Hof University of Applied Sciences and HST Systemtechnik GmbH & Co. KG, the first certificate training course on digitalization in water management is being developed.

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Digital Recruiting hoch-N (DRhochN) - Continuing education to attract and retain skilled workers - digital, sustainable, practice-oriented

In this project, the iwe is addressing the problems of the increasing shortage of skilled workers in the growing environment and water sector, which is becoming an increasingly significant challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular. By participating in the DRhochN training program, SMEs in Bavaria should be able to attract skilled workers with the help of digital recruiting and marketing measures and to keep them and existing employees interested in their own company in the long term.

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DMeStHyA - Development of a digital measurement and control system for hydrometeorological applications, application-related upscaling with field testing

The project is subcontracted by LANUV NRW and deals with the standardisation of the construction and operation of hydrometeorelogical measuring stations as well as the optimisation of digital data acquisition by transferring the data into a cloud-based decision management system.   

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Environmental education: aquaponics for beginners - fish and vegetables at school

This project has already been successfully completed.

The environmental education project as part of the funding programme "Intensification of Environmental Education in Bavaria" of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection showed pupils from Upper Franconia the possibilities of sustainable and future-oriented production of aquatic food in this participatory project.

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Environmental education: aquaponics at the zoo - living sustainability

As part of the funding programme "Intensification of Environmental Education in Bavaria" of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection, visitors to the Tropical House and the Zoological Society of Hochfranken e.V. will be informed about the sustainable production and functioning of aquaponics and the university's research in this field.

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ERNie - Investigation of the use of rain barrels for precipitation retention in a residential area to relieve the sewer during heavy rainfalls

As part of a commissioned research project, the iwe's "Water Infrastructure and Digitalisation" research group is looking into the use of rain barrels to relieve the existing sewer system during heavy rainfall. In order to counteract overloading of the sewers due to increasingly frequent heavy rainfall, the use of interconnected and remote-controlled cisterns is being planned and determined in a final implementation concept for practical application.  

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FlexTreat - Flexible and reliable concepts for sustainable water reuse in agriculture

The goal of the FlexTreat project is to promote safe water reuse in agriculture by developing and demonstrating flexible technical and nature-based treatment systems adapted to agricultural needs. This project is funded by „Wassertechnologien: Wiederverwendung“ in „Forschung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung“ (FONA) of the German Ministry of Education and Research ( BMBF). 

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Green Hospital Lichtenfels

Since 2015, the Universities of Applied Sciences Hof and Coburg, as well as the Department of Engineering Thermodynamics and Transport Processes of the University of Bayreuth are working together in this project. The aim is the applied and theoretical research on the energy efficiency concept of the new construction of the medical center of Lichtenfels. The clinic was put into operation in 2018 and is now constantly monitored and optimized.

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GTW - Green Technology Workshop

This project has already been successfully completed.

This EFRE-funded project called "GTW" is based on the idea of technology transfer from the field of applied research to industrial project partners of the middle sized sector. In various individual projects with different industrial partners, research on new technologies and processes was done to strengthen the market position of the industrial partners.

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InEs - Innovative energy supply system for a commercial district in transition

In the project funded by the 7th energy research program of the federal government, a networked concept through joint use of heat and storage is to be developed on the area of ​​the former Winterling porcelain factory together with the neighboring companies STELLA KERAMIK and Hagold in order to enable the continued use of the Winterling area.  

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InSchuKa4.0 - Combined infrastructure and environmental protection through AI-based sewer network management

The InSchuKa4.0 project focuses on an integrated and transdisciplinary management (in terms of risks) of conflicting hydrological and urban water-related events in urban water supply infrastructures using digital tools for monitoring, analysis, forecasting and communication.

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KanabEnt research station (canal network management and spillway structures) - Test container with semi-technical replica of a canal section with relief sill

Due to increasingly frequent extreme weather events and demographically induced population changes, adequate future-oriented sewer network dimensioning is becoming more and more difficult. According to the current EU Water Framework Directive, municipalities are required to take measures to prevent watercourse impairments caused by uncontrolled discharge of combined sewage from the sewer. In this project, which is supported by the Upper Franconia Foundation, solutions for optimising the previous design methods are to be found by means of a research station that replicates a canal section with a discharge threshold.

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KaWaTec - Efficient heat and refridgeration management in buildings

Under the acronym "KaWaTec", the research field of energy efficiency in buildings is further extended by applying theoretical approaches and innovative ideas on the real institute building of the iwe. By developing an efficient energy management strategy for the new construction, the energy produced by daily research practice can be used to minimize the consumption of the building.

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NEEWa - Network for the generation of energy with hydropower in existing water plants

The project "Network for the generation of energy with hydropower in existing water plants", funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) with 417,000 euros, strengthens the transfer of knowledge from the Green-Tech University Hof to regional companies. It is also intended to contribute to the success of Hof as a centre of excellence for water and renewable energies in the region.

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Oil-Detect - Evaluation and optimization of a method for the detection of lubricants in rainwater from substations

The Water Conservation Act stipulates that operators of certain facilities, which include transformer stations, must ensure that there is no negative environmental impact on bodies of water. Within the scope of this project, the evaluation and optimization of a procedure for the detection of lubricants in rainwater from substations is being carried out together with the company TenneT, one of the leading transmission system operators for electricity in Europe.  

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OpToKNuS - Optimization-toolbox for biomass gasifiers with kinetic numeric simulations

By running kinetic simulations of gasification reactors, the influence of different feedstock materials and process parameters on the product distribution and efficiency of the process can be predicted. The simulation core will be published online as an open source toolbox for plant owners and manufacturers

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PuLaMa - Buffer storage and load management in local heating grids

In cooperation with Bioenergie Nordhalben eG (the owner of a local heating grid), ENERPIPE GmbH (a manufacturer of insulated grid pipes) and HDG Bavaria GmbH (a manufacturer of woodchip boilers), an intelligent interface between the user and the grid control is developed in this project. The aim of this new interface is to allow a smart grid control by predicting the demand of the grid and, therefore, minimize the strorage and grid losses.

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ReWaMem - Recycling of laundry wastewater for reuse of wastwater by means of ceramic nanofiltration

The project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, deals with the recycling of laundry wastewater for reuse of the wastewater by means of ceramic nanofiltration. The aim of the project is a sustainable, responsible use of the resource water in order to reduce the amount of several billion cubic metres consumed annually for production processes in industry.

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S3Rem - Sufficient and Sustainable Remove of Anthropogenic Substances

Technologies, solutions and services for sustainable and highly effective removal of anthropogenic substances in urban water cycles.

The aim of the innovation network S³Rem is to develop innovative, intelligent, efficient and sustainable solutions to reduce the input of anthropogenic substances (particulate materials and dissolved trace substances) into the environment. S³Rem is not limited to emissions originating from wastewater treatment plants, but considers all relevant emission pathways responsible for the input of these substances into the environment.

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The road to a sponge city - urban development in times of climate change

Cities, municipalities and industrial properties need adapted (rain) water management to deal with increasing extreme weather conditions. Despite many examples, concepts and also target-oriented recommendations of the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment, there is a lack of sufficient knowledge transfer about effective instruments (products, methods and services) in the form of adequate training formats and contents. This project is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

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Smart Sponge Region (SPORE)

Rural regions are also affected by the consequences of climate change. This requires regional adjustment measures. The concept of the Smart Sponge Region is therefore being developed in the SPORE research project and applied to the Hof/Hochfranken/Upper Franconia region. This concept is intended to ensure the preservation of the ecological function, the sustainable use of resources and the balancing control between heavy rain and dry seasons (sponge region) and to support the long-term security of the regional economic development of rural regions.

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WaterExe4.0 - Factors for a successful implementation transfer of digitalisation in the water industry

The project has already been successfully completed.

In a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) entitled "WaterExe4.0", researchers from the Institute for Water and Energy Management (iwe) at Hof University of Applied Sciences identified success factors for successful implementation transfer in the course of digitization projects in the water industry.

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Weather station

The weather station on the campus of Hof University of Applied Sciences records a variety of meteorological parameters. Which elements of the weather are monitored and how this is done in detail is shown on this page.

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Campuses

Corner

Campus Hof

Alfons-Goppel-Platz-1
95028 Hof

Campus Münchberg

Kulmbacher Str. 76
95213 Münchberg

Campus Kronach

Kulmbacher Straße 11
96317 Kronach

Fon: +49 (0) 9281 / 409 3000

Campus Selb

Spiegelhaus
Wittelsbacher Str.41
95100 Selb
Fon: +49 (0) 9281 / 409 3000