Ulm University of Applied Sciences

The Ulm University of Applied Sciences (German: Hochschule Ulm) is a university of applied sciences with study courses mainly directed at the technical sector. The study courses have a broad approach to open up a wide range of professional possibilities for graduates. Individual qualification is possible by selecting the optional mandatory courses, the topic of the study papers and thesis, foreign languages, studying abroad at foreign partner universities as well as the acquisition of additional skills.

The success of Ulm University of Applied Science is based on the cooperation with industry. It integrates the areas of research and development with the help of own research institutes and several Steinbeis Transfer Centers of the Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Development Stuttgart (Stiftung für Wirtschaftsförderung Stuttgart). The students also benefit from this because of attractive places for internships and interesting thesis topics. A refined continuing education program for working people and others round off the range of Hochschule Ulm.

The Ulm approach

The University of Applied Sciences, the University, the research city with its institutes and research departments and the city of Ulm with its energetic, innovative buildings and its energy supply have a comprehensive knowhow, unique in Germany, when it comes to the topic of sustainable energy supply. The competency of Ulm covers all areas, from classical district heating, environmentallyfriendly garbage incineration, from atomic power research through to combined heat and power coupling, from energetic recovery of biomass, hydropower, fuel cell application, generation of absorption refrigeration, solarthermal energy, photovoltaic energy and right up to the largest office building in the world, constructed according to the norms of a passive house. Ulm wants to share its experience and its practical knowledge in these areas. The Solarschachtel / solar ship is the symbol for the transport of this knowledge and for cooperation with others.

Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HSU)

Education and the formation of awareness are the „germ cells“ for a future of sustainable energy
In the field of teaching and research, the main topic of energy technology was created, with a close reference to practice, from the comprehensive know-how of a classical technical university 15 years ago. The main topic of studies is covered by around 20 professors, lecturers, engineers and other qualified technical staff. Since its foundation, the HSU has followed the express goal of pushing forward teaching and applied research in the fields of sustainable energy technologies and energy management. The four main topics within energy technology are:

  • minimization of the energy requirement
  • rational use of energy
  • use of regenerative energies
  • economic use of energy.

With its main topic of energy technology, the HSU, in cooperation with the Stadtwerke and the district heating suppliers of the city of Ulm, almost completely covers the entire theme of energy technology and energy management. Laboratories, demonstration objects, pilot plants, power plants and buildings are available for teaching, research and transfer.

In the field of central power generation and/or the supply of district heating, these are:

  • boilers with conventional firing
  • a biomass heat-generating station and
  • a modern waste-to-energy plant
  • hydroelectric power plants and
  • a gas turboexpander at the pipeline gas stations

The following is currently in use in the field of decentralized power generation and local heat supply:

  • large scale photovoltaic plants
  • solar-thermal plants
  • motor-driven total energy systems in laboratory operation
  • one Siemens SUR 100 nuclear reactor for teaching purposes
  • hydroelectric power plants
  • fuel cell plants for house energy supply motor-driven combined heat and power coupling
  • a test stand for condensing boiler technology
  • a test stand for heating pumps
  • a solar simulator for solar-thermal collectors
  • a heat accumulator laboratory
  • test stands for thermal conduction and thermal radiation
  • a demonstration and test plant for airconditioning technique
  • photovoltaic system for network and isolated operation
  • electrochemical energy storage
  • test and demonstration plants for electrical drives
  • test and process technology for energy supply systems and
  • a local network for a virtual power plant

In the field of sustainable heat recovery in buildings, the HSU has:

  • a data logging device in the passive house
  • the simulation of the supply of heat and cold in passive houses
  • energy supply systems for passive houses and
  • a wind tunnel for aerodynamics in buildings