Whitsun week at TEER

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Last week, TEER offered an exciting two-day program to interested students during field trip week.

The first day started with a workshop at the institute. First, under the supervision of Markus Lang, the determination of volatile components of various biomasses was carried out in the muffle furnace. Together with the students, Lisa Feikus conducted a stove challenge in which the aim was to produce as few (CO) emissions as possible when firing logs in a single room. This was achieved, for example, by choosing different types of wood or by adjusting the air supply.

In the afternoon, the students were asked to work out in the theoretical part of the workshop what the circular economy could look like in 2050. For this purpose, the groups dealt with various topics such as product design, the manufacture of products and recycling. The students developed individual solution concepts and presented them to each other and to Professor Quicker.

The first day ended on a relaxed note with a joint barbecue evening.

On the second day, two excursions took place. The bioenergy course visited the AWA's biofermentation plant in Würselen. During the guided tour of the plant, the students were explained all the steps from the delivery of the biowaste to the post-digestion process. The Energy Raw Materials and Technology course visited the RWE Power AG power plant in Niederaussem and took part in a tour of the Fortuna-Nord factory. This factory specializes in the refinement of lignite and the production of hearth furnace coke (HOK). Afterwards, the students were allowed to visit the BoA unit (lignite-fired power plant with optimized plant technology) of the power plant as well as the RWE Innovation Center.