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HFT Stuttgart – a winning team! <<

HFT Stuttgart’s research and innovation project “i_city” (short for “intelligent city”) has been named among the winners of the nationwide “FH-Impuls” competition. The university’s entry is one of ten which took the top spots at the head of a field of over 80 applications. The ten winning concepts selected by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) all take the form of initiatives aimed at the promotion of strategic research and innovation partnerships.

The announcement of the project’s success was immediately followed by heartfelt congratulations from the university’s Rector, Prof. Rainer Franke: “It gives me extraordinary pleasure to hear that HFT Stuttgart is one of the winning teams. We have succeeded in bundling together all the expertise and experience gained in this field over the last few years, and our efforts have now received national recognition. I would like to thank not only each and every participating researcher, but also our industrial partners – their support has been invaluable.” The internationally renowned HFT research hub “Energy-Efficient Buildings and Sustainable Urban Development” will now provide a platform for enhanced cooperation with SMEs, large companies and regional authorities. This will in turn lead to the development and implementation of innovative concepts for the intelligent city (i_city) of the future.

What is “i_city”?

“The goal of the project is to both develop and implement innovative concepts for the intelligent city of the future”, explains Prof.Dr habil. Ursula Eicker, Head of the Institute of Applied Research (IAF) at HFT Stuttgart. “The strategic i_city partnership promotes the networking of our university with companies and municipal authorities in the Stuttgart metropolitan region. The aim is to develop blueprints for sustainable urban development which are characterized by innovative energy systems and ICT solutions and feed into sustainable concepts for both districts and buildings.”

The research carried out within the framework of the project focuses on district-level case studies involving a variety of uses (e.g. residential, offices or commercial) and covers multiple disciplines ranging from urban development and urban infrastructure (e.g. ICT, heat distribution and electricity grids) right through to individual components at building level. The participation of key players from commercial businesses, municipal authorities, municipal companies and professional associations ensures a strong focus on practical applications. Research topics include the primary challenges facing Germany’s high-tech strategy (watchwords: digital economy, digital society, data protection and digital security), intelligent mobility solutions for sustainable businesses and energy economies, the use of digital transformation to create innovative living and working environments and the promotion of health through the optimization of acoustic and thermal comfort within both buildings and urban environments.

The aim is to devise methods, services and products which support the development of highly efficient district-level energy, building and mobility systems which can be networked intelligently using ICT and operated efficiently, renewably and sustainably. This involves the use of the internationally renowned HFT research hub “Energy-Efficient Buildings and Sustainable Urban Development” as a platform for enhanced cooperation with SMEs, large companies and regional authorities, which will in turn lead to the development and implementation of innovative concepts for the intelligent city (i_city) of the future.
It is against this backdrop that HFT Stuttgart’s core expertise in the field of transdisciplinary research into energy systems and ICT is set to be not only expanded, but also combined with longstanding experience in areas such as urban planning, architecture, building physics, psychology and business management in order to deliver an integrated vision of the intelligent, sustainable city of the future.

FH-Impuls

Set up by the BMBF, the FH-Impuls programme will provide a total of around 100 million euros in funding over a period of up to eight years. The aim of FH-Impuls is to further enhance the competitiveness of universities of applied science within the educational landscape and simultaneously increase their visibility within both the business world and society as a whole.

Each of the ten winning projects builds on an area in which the respective university of applied science is already engaged in intensive research and exhibits significant capacity for both knowledge transfer and real-world implementation. In particular, each project focuses on fulfilling the requirements of companies seeking to engage in long-term R&D cooperation. On the one hand, commercial partners will be expected to make financial contributions to research projects in order to safeguard the longevity of the respective partnerships. On the other, participating SMEs will benefit from excellent opportunities to enhance their R&D activities.

The i_city project is set to receive nearly 5.4 million euros in funding.

Contact further information

Prof. Dr. habil Ursula Eicker
Director Institute for Applied Research (IAF)
ursula.eicker@hft-stuttgart.de

Petra Dabelstein (petra.dabelstein@hft-stuttgart.de)