CUAS – TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences
Technische Hochschule Köln – abbreviated as TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences - is Germany’s largest University of Applied Sciences with about 23.000 students and 420 professors.
Based at TH Köln, GECO-C - Gummersbach Environmental Computing Center, was found by Professor Dr. Michael Bongards in 2004. As researchers and experts in automation technology and industrial IT, the group's research concentrates on environmental technologies for waste water management as well as biogas and renewable energy generation in general. Since 2011 GECO-C runs the :metabolon project in cooperation with the BAV (Bergischer Abfallwirtschaftsverband, the local waste management association).
:metabolon - waste-to-energy & waste-to-resource
The project :metabolon is one of the so-called gardens of technology ":gärten der technik" that are realised within the "Regionale 2010". In :metabolon the central landfill, Leppe, in North Rhine-Westphalia, is being transformed into a centre of research and expertise - a facility of the TH Köln.
The new research centre focuses on material conversion, sustainable resource efficiency as well as the development of site-related environmental technologies and techniques. The central landfill is ideal for versatile use: its location in the neighbourhood of the metropolitan area of Cologne-Bonn, the well elaborated training structures of its operator as well as the energy competence centere established on the landfill's site bring great benefits to :metabolon. Furthermore the existing pilot plants represent an excellent starting point for practical research and teaching. This way :metabolon focusses on an important strategic key issues for the future: sustainable energy systems, specifically the conversion of waste into raw materials and energy.
CUAS’ contribution to the ReNEW project
CUAS/GECO-C led WP1, and Actions 2 (Technology Foresight conference) and 12 (Monitoring & Analysis). CUAS contributed its expertise at the interface between environmental engineering and automation technology as well as its numerous experiences in (inter)national projects in the mentioned fields.