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Close co-operation of science and business

With the GridLab, which was jointly established by the 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and theBrandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, the region has a unique research and training infrastructure.

In co-operation with the companies ENERTRAG and TOTAL Deutschland, the Brandenburg University of Technology also operates a hydrogen and storage research centre with a test plant, where hydrogen is produced by means of pressure electrolysis of up to 60 bar and optimum adaptation to the power input from wind power plants. The cluster Energy Technology Berlin-Brandenburg plays a central role in the initiation of R&D co-operations and joint showcase projects.

Brandenburg is a stronghold for research

The German capital region has the most densely concentrated research landscape throughout Germany and can thus also score in the European comparison. 52 universities and approx. 200 public and private research institutions, including 23 institutes of the Leibniz Association, ten Fraunhofer Institutes, eight Max Planck Institutes and seven institutes of the Herrmann von Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres (HGF) as well as more than a dozen federal research institutionsare here. Science and research are among the most important strengths and growth factors. With an international orientation, they act as strong drivers in the No.1 innovation region in the Federal Republic of Germany and strengthen the competitiveness of the companies in the German capital region through the close network with the business in nine growth clusters. The Brandenburg Economic Development Board (ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg) actively supports these co-operations of researchers and companies with its specialists for innovations, business start-ups and patents and is glad to offer advice on all questions on this topic.

More R&D-Provider in Brandenburg district, operation in the Cleantech area:

Brandenburg’s road to Industry 4.0

The industry promotion programme "ProIndustrie", which was launched with the involvement of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brandenburg’s government and social and business partners in 2012, provides important approaches to Industry 4.0, which was often mentioned and much discussed. Comprehensive networking of production – the machines, the employees and even the customers – allows a flexible changeover in real time. Shorter response times aim at saving energy and material and realising even small batches cost-effectively. With the "4th industrial revolution", industrial companies are also made stronger with regard to export.

Briefly – The innovative capacity and export focus, raising a new generation of qualified employees, better resource efficiency and a structured exchange on the industrial policy should be ensured between the social partners.

On 1 January 2015, the "Innovation Centre Modern Industry Brandenburg" started at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. The main purpose of this institution is the support of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the federal state of Brandenburg. Here, the focus is on the development of a future-oriented and highly innovative industrial structure with particular consideration of SME needs, the development and production of smart products and production units in the regional commercial trade as well as the transformation of the value chains and industrial service structures to internationally competitive offers.


Selected project in the capital area concerning Cleantech:

  • "Nutrient recycling" - bioprocess engineering
    Evaluating the potential of alternative proceedings for nutrient recycling from waste water, to counter the increasing consumption of natural nutrient sources.
  • "Askuris" - water purification and waste water treatment
    Assessment of the effectiveness of Oxidation processes with and without downstream filtration for the elimination of trace substances in the water cycle. In addition various process combinations as well as operation sites (e.g. water works vs sewage plants) are evaluated.