Over the next few years, Germany’s and China’s research ministries will support a number of interdisciplinary science and engineering cooperation projects that will systematically investigate electromobility and establish it in society in the long run. Intensive exchange of students and scientists between the two countries is also planned.
Five research projects concerning energy conversion and storage, drive concepts, and communication and infrastructure will receive funding of some € 3.5m from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
In the projects, TU München, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and TU Berlin together with their Chinese partners, Tongji University (Shanghai), Tsinghua University (Peking), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST, Wuhan) and Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT, Peking), will be working on new technologies for electric vehicles. The project leader for Germany is Prof. Ulrich Stimming of TU München.
TU9 sees great potential in such a coordinated approach in international research and places value on expanding this and developing further international research networks.
China and Germany share the common aim of making electromobility an essential part of future mobility concepts. Over the next few years, China in particular expects to see an increasing need for mobility and industrial growth. In view of diminishing resources and impending climate change, a widespread shift to renewable energy sources is crucial. In Europe the ambitious target of an 80% reduction in fossil energy sources by 2050 has been set. For the transport sector this means a speedy conversion to electromobility. This conversion requires not only better battery technologies, but also adaption of vehicle design at all levels. Cooperation with China is of great interest here, since the country already possesses complementary expertise to German knowhow.
TU9 is the association of the leading Institutes of Technology in Germany: RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, TU München, Universität Stuttgart.
More than 240,000 students, or ten percent of all German students, are registered at TU9 universities.
In Germany roughly 50 percent of all engineers with university degrees come from TU9 universities; some 57 percent of the doctorates in engineering are awarded at TU9 universities.
Venio Piero Quinque (Executive Secretary of TU9)
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