Affiliated and other Associated Institutes
Five affiliated institutes and three other university-related institutions are directly linked to the Faculty of Engineering. These institutes are important elements of applied research at the faculty and form elementary links to the economy. The aim of the institutes is both the transfer of new scientific findings and methods into industrial processes, procedures and products (technology push) and the identification of market requirements or the solution of problems in the industrial sector by recourse to scientific findings and methods (market pull). The institutes are organizationally and legally independent research institutions. They are affiliated to the University of Duisburg-Essen, but are organized under private law. Due to their close contacts to industry, they are also important motors for the acquisition of third-party funds for the faculty.
DST, IUTA, IWW and ZBT are members of the Johannes Rau Research Association, which was founded in 2014.
IMST GmbH (Institute for Mobile and Satellite Radio Technology) is a competence centre and professional development house for high-frequency circuits, antenna technology, radio modules and communication systems. IMST was founded in 1992 and today employs 165 people in the fields of application-oriented research for radio communication and radar systems as well as microsystems technology and nanoelectronics, industrial contract development, production and product testing. A core competence of IMST is the field of electronically steerable antennas for mobile satellite communication with focus on 5G. IMST takes up innovations - based on the generally accessible university knowledge base - and tries to develop marketable and high-quality products and solutions for customers. This application-oriented research and development forms central crystallization points for participation in EU research alliances.
The Institute for Energy and Environmental Technology (IUTA) is one of the largest process engineering institutes in Germany with 140 employees and an annual turnover of about 10 million euros. It forms the bridge between basic research and industrial application, especially for medium-sized companies. IUTA has extensive equipment with pilot plants, some of which are unique in the world. The dimensions of these plants allow a reliable scale-up to an industrial process level. The institute's equipment is completed by extensive analytics for the characterization of substances or pollutants. The Institute's core areas of activity can be divided into four main areas: aerosols and particles, air pollution control and gas process technology, resources and energy, and analysis and measurement technology.
The Center for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT) works together with its partners on technical solutions for our future energy system. In addition to comprehensive basic research, various projects in applied research and experimental development are carried out in cooperation with industry and science. The energy system, which is still largely based on fossil fuels, must be converted in the coming decades into a sustainable, climate-neutral system with almost 100% renewable energy. Hydrogen plays a key role here as a seasonal energy storage medium, as a fuel for the three sectors electricity, heat and transport, and as a reaction partner in the chemical industry. As an application-oriented institute, the ZBT therefore develops future technologies in the three main areas of hydrogen, fuel cells and batteries.
The Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems (DST) is an internationally active research institute in the fields of inland and coastal shipping as well as transport and logistics. One focus is on the hydrodynamics of ships and the support of the industry in the development and modernisation of ships, especially in questions of energy efficiency and 'greening'. In addition, transport and logistics issues are dealt with with the aim of developing new potentials for inland navigation and contributing to an economic and environmentally compatible management of the growing transport demand. In addition, questions of simulation, automation up to autonomous driving as well as wave and current power plants are increasingly coming to the fore.
IWW Zentrum Wasser is one of the leading institutes in Germany for research, consulting and further education in the field of water supply. The services of the six business areas Water Resources Management, Water Technology, Water Networks, Water Quality, Applied Microbiology and Water Economics & Management are used, for example, by utilities, industry, wastewater associations, public institutions and authorities. In the IWW chemists, engineers, microbiologists, geologists and economists work together in an interdisciplinary way.
Other Associated Institutes
The Fraunhofer IMS has been conducting research, development and pilot production of microelectronic solutions for users from industry and society since 1984. The second main pillar are customers from the semiconductor industry. Stable, efficient and marketable developments are in the focus. Therefore, the IMS has grouped its activities into different business areas: Devices and Technologies, ASICs, High Temperature Electronics, IR Imagers, CMOS Image Sensors, Pressure Sensor Systems, Biohybrid Systems, Wireless and Transponder Systems and Electronic Assistance Systems. The Fraunhofer IMS employs about 250 people, most of whom have a scientific or engineering background.
The Gas and Heat Institute Essen e.V. (GWI) was founded in 1937 with the mission to identify and bundle R&D activities in the gas industry and to process them on a scientific basis. This mission is more topical than ever under the boundary conditions of the energy turnaround. In addition to the topics of gas composition and gas application technology, the institute is now increasingly working on questions and developments in connection with Power-to-X (P2G, P2F, P2C and P2H) technologies and sector coupling. In this context GWI also coordinates the two Virtual Institutes "KWK.NRW" and "Electricity to Gas and Heat". As part of the development of a Living Lab, a radio-based ICT infrastructure was also set up, which allows digitisation approaches to be rolled out quickly and efficiently for future neighbourhood solutions.
CoRE Center of Rotating Equipment
The Center of Rotating Equipment (CoRE) is a cooperation with Siemens AG for research, education and training purposes for efficient turbomachinery. In addition to the joint use of rotating components from the Turbomachinery Group for research and practical applications, it also enables product-specific training of university graduates, students, service staff and users of turbomachinery (hydro, steam, gas, wind turbines, pumps and compressors). The transfer of knowledge with regard to education, training and research purposes is a central component of the joint strategy for an international target group as well as a part-time master's degree course in energy conversion.