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October 15, 2018

ITT 40 years anniversary

With around 200 guests the ITT celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, 11.10.2018 in the TH Köln Aula at Campus Südstadt. 

Opened by Lars Ribbe (Director of the ITT) and Stefan Herzig (President of TH Köln), the program led through the past 40 years of our institute. A contribution by Joachim Metzner (Former President of the TH Köln and long-time ITT companion), illustrated the uniqueness of the ITT, highlighting the milestones since 1978 and emphasizing the special role of Hartmut Gaese, the former director of the ITT. In addition, this special occasion was used to announce the honoring if Hartmut Gaese for his great contributions to the ITT in particular and interdisciplinary research and education in general, as the first winner of the Science for Sustainability Award.

Followed by a blend of anecdotes and best practice examples of applied science, international cooperations and interdisciplinary approaches, which is lived at the ITT, in particular, the long-standing partnerships and intensive cooperations within the joint study programs with the German Jordanian University (Jordan), the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (Vietnam) were honored. The ceremony ended in lively and familial get together, joined by our guests from more than 40 countries

Lars Ribbe (Director of the ITT) and Stefan Herzig (President of TH Köln) welcoming all guests and opening the ceremony. More pictures can be found here.

August 13, 2018

WSCC Call for abstracts and sessions


We are pleased to announce that abstracts can still be submitted for the Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) Conference 2018; organized by Kenyatta University, the International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries – SWINDON (TU Braunschweig), the Centers for Natural Resources and Development – CNRD (TH Köln) and the Food Security Center – FSC (University Hohenheim).

The WSCC 2018 takes up the “bridge-building” aspect of the WSCC 2017 and preserves continuity by serving as a platform for discussions towards water secure societies. The environment shall be a stimulus for discussing new and innovative ideas with special attention to SDGs dealing with “Zero Hunger and Food Security”, “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation”, “Clean Water and Sanitation”, “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, and “Combat climate change and its impacts”.

Abstract submission link and further information are available under http://watersecurity.info/

For further information please contact the WSCC 2018 organization team: wscc2018@tu-bs.de

August 2, 2018

Q&A chat: Scholarship Opportunities for DAC list country applicants

On August 24th, 2-4pm German time, we invite you to join our Adobe Connect Chat for a Questions & Answers session addressing potential scholarship applicants (foreign applicants from DAC list countries) for the master programs REM, NRM and IWRM.

Target group: Foreign applicants from DAC list countries

You will be able to enter the chat room via the following link:
https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/itt_info_chat_24082018/

When: August/24/2018  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Time Zone: German time (GMT+02:00)

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:
Test your connection: http://fh-koeln-cnrd.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

July 30, 2018

RARSUS-SEMALI Summer School on Renewable Energy Systems

From 18th to 24th July 2018, twelve students and four employees of the University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako (USTT-B) attended a summer school at ITT, TH Köln in Cologne. The summer school dealt with the different aspects of energy supply with a strong focus on promising types of renewable energy resources, technologies and their systems.

Participants discuss which one is better – wind or coal power plant (Photo: Simon Corbeck / TH Köln)

The participants experienced an extensive program with expert lectures, experimental work as well as different field excursions. They were presented with solutions and technologies that are commonly used and can be found in Germany and many other countries. Most of the introduced technologies are also suitable for African countries including Mali. To convey the importance of energy efficiency, various operating power plants were visited such as a wind farm, a solar photovoltaics plant, biomass (including waste to energy plants) and hydropower. Finally, the group visited a lignite coal open mining site in order to present the holistic picture of the fossil fuel dominated German energy mix.

Parallel to these formal activities, the summer school offered a platform for continuous exchange of experience on energy related issues and an excellent opportunity to expand and intensify the network for all the participants.

The summer school was a part of the ongoing project “Risk Assessment and Reduction Strategies for Sustainable Urban Resources Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa – Focus on Sustainable Energy Supply in Mali (RARSUS-SEMALI)” coordinated by Prof. Ramchandra Bhandari from ITT, TH Köln. The consortium of the RARSUS SEMALI project consists of the partners: Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) from TH-Köln, Center of Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey (UAM) and University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako. The project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) via the Project Management Agency DLR.

Summer school participants (Photo: Vittorio Sessa / TH Köln)

The participants visit ZEF (Photo: Felix Mayer / TH Köln)

The participants visit: metabolon (Photo: Felix Mayer / TH Köln)

Summer school closing ceremony – participants with their certificates (Photo: Vittorio Sessa / TH Köln)

Prof. Bhandari welcoming the participants of summer school. (Photo: Vittorio Sessa / TH Köln)

 

July 30, 2018

ITT promotes renewable energy systems in Mali

Renewable energy use is not yet widely distributed in Mali. The project RARSUS SEMALI (Risk Assessment and Reduction Strategies for Sustainable Urban Resources Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa – Focus on Sustainable Energy Supply in Mali), coordinated by Prof. Ramchandra Bhandari from ITT, aims to promote knowledge transfer to the country in the field of renewable energy. For this purpose, the laboratory equipment “Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems” has been installed at the University of Science, Techniques and Technology of Bamako (USTT-B) in Mali. The laboratory and a library of thematic books were officially handed over to USTT-B in a ceremony at the TH Köln in July in Deutz, Cologne.

With the “Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems” lab, photovoltaic systems can be measured or weather influences on the wind energy can be determined. (Photo: Vittorio Sessa / TH Köln)

About 19 million inhabitants of the West African land-locked country Mali are heavily dependent on energy imports from neighboring countries. Particularly in rural areas, people have either no access to energy at all, or are exposed to limited energy access at too high of a cost, associated with transportation of petroleum products. Here, renewable energy resources could be one of the options for reliable and affordable energy supply. In order to carry out the research in this aspect, the universities from Germany and Africa teamed up under the umbrella of the RARSUS-SEMALI project. Since then they are carrying out different activities in the areas of research, capacity building and networking with the purpose of initiating exchange of knowledge and experience.

„Mali could become one of the key players in West Africa in terms of generating knowledge and solutions when it comes to sustainable recourse supply for urban, semi urban as well as rural areas,” says Prof. Bhandari. In the “Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems” laboratory the researchers and students from the USTT-B have the opportunity to do simulation and experiments with the state-of-the-art technology, for example, solar photovoltaic systems, wind energy generation or energy storage (hydrogen production with water electrolysis). Researchers from ITT installed the lab in Mali and provided training to the colleagues in Bamako on the proper use of the laboratory and experimental procedures.

The partners of the RARSUS SEMALI project are: Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) from TH Köln, Center of Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey (UAM) and University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako. The project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) via the Project Management Agency DLR.

Bhunesh Kumar and Vittorio Sessa from the ITT together with researchers and students from the University of Bamako (Photo: Hamidou T. Sagara / USTT-B)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Becker (Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer of the TH-Köln), Dr. Anja Köhler (DLR) and Prof. Dr. Abdramane Ba (University of Science, Techniques and Techniques of Bamako USTT-B) at the laboratory handover ceremony (Photo: Michael Bause / TH Köln)

The participants of the mid-term workshop of the project RARSUS-SEMALI (Photo: Michael Bause / TH Köln)

 

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