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Constructor University, in Bremen, initiates pilot project for energy-sufficient schools using 3D printing

The project, titled "Wind.EnergyAutonomous Schools in the Metropolitan Region Northwest", is led by Professor Yilmaz Uygun

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A new research project titled “Wind.EnergyAutonomous Schools in the Metropolitan Region Northwest” has been initiated, and will be led by, Dr. Yilmaz Uygun, Professor at the Constructor University, in Bremen, Germany. The project runs in collaboration with the County of Friesland, Germany, and is funded by the Metropolitan Region Northwest. The project aims to further develop and validate a proprietary vertical-axis wind turbine that will be produced using ‘the world’s largest’ industrial delta-type 3D printer. The turbines are intended to serve as a sustainable source of wind energy for schools, in particular.

Constructor University, in Bremen, initiates "Wind.EnergyAutonomous Schools in the Metropolitan Region Northwest" project.
Professor Yilmaz Uygun.

A pilot project for energy-self-sufficient schools is now starting in the County of Friesland, Northern Germany, in which school buildings will be equipped with vertical-axis wind turbines. This will be facilitated by a research group led by Professor Yilmaz Uygun from Constructor University. This group is studying and developing vertical wind turbines, which will be produced using the university’s own 3D printer, on the campus in Bremen, and will be tested within this project. This creates a fully functional test field that provides important data and experience for technology transfer.

According to Constructor University, in the current energy crisis and the accompanying energy-saving measures, it is becoming increasingly difficult for schools to cover their high energy consumption with renewable energy. This is also due to the fact that they have to meet high requirements – for example, no horizontal wind turbines may be used – and solar panels are often not efficient enough for the high energy demand.

“With this project, we are breaking new ground in urban energy generation on this scale for the first time, with the aim of making public properties energy self-sufficient. After successful testing at the Hohenkirchen Secondary School, the project is to be scaled up easily and quickly so as to contribute to the energy transition,” said Professor Uygun.

The funding of the Metropolitan Region Northwest exclusively considers project ideas around the topics of resource efficiency, resource protection, and energy transformation. In addition to Professor Uygun’s project, two other campaigns have been awarded funding from the states of Bremen and Lower Saxony. One identifies the potential for saving drinking water, and the other explores ways to recycle residual and commercial waste.

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