The lack of access to energy is one of the main obstacles to reducing poverty and bolstering industrialisation, as can be witnessed around the globe. That is why the focus on international research activities at InES is one of the cornerstones of the institute's strategy. Consequently, researchers at InES are active in a variety of international cooperations in the realm of Renewable Energies.
In the spirit of a university-wide internationalisation, InES has been leading international research projects since 2004 and offers students from all over the world the opportunity to complete a research stay in Ingolstadt. So far, nearly 40 international guests have been working at the Institute, in the context of completing internships, writing their theses or due to other science-related stays.
Focus on Africa
The Team at InES has specialised on cooperations with scientific institutions and companies in Africa. Despite the abundance of solar, wind and biomass ressources, large parts of the population in rural areas of African countries lack access to electricity. To change this situation, core elements of the Institute's international cooperation encompass the promotion of the use of energy systems based on Renewable Energies as well as the transfer of technology with local stakeholders.
The Bavarian Research Institute of African Studies (BRIAS) was founded in 2014 by four universities: Hochschule Neu-Ulm, University Würzburg, University Bayreuth as well as Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. The aim of BRIAS is to sensitize key stakeholders in politics and society for the universities’ comprehensive expertise in interdisciplinary research with African partners. At this year's coordination meeting in early August, the universities reported on current projects in Africa and sharpened BRIAS’ strategic focus.
02/2020 Start of the project "MIRET"
Through the EU-funded MIRET project (Mobility for Innovative Renewable Energy Technologies) InES supports student mobility within Africa in the field of renewable energies. >>Project Profile
10/2019 Continuation of HAW Kenya
The initiative "East Africa Network of Excellence for Universities of Applied Sciences" can be continued, thanks to renewed funding by the DAAD, under the leadership of InES until the end of 2021. The project's content focuses on engineering sciences, particularly renewable energy technology. >>Project Profile
07/2019 Start of the project "ÖkoFlussPlan"
The conservation of alluvial forests along the Naryn River in Kyrgyzstan is the focus of the international and interdisciplinary project titled "ÖkoFlussPlan". The three-year project involves partner institutions from Germany and Kyrgyzstan and has the objective of maintaining the alluvial forests of the Naryn and providing and implementing sustainable energy resources for the local population. InES is responsible for the sub-project "sustainable energy resources". "ÖkoFlussPlan" is being financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
05/2019 Electromobility in Kenya
The Siemens Foundation operates so-called Water Energy Hubs (WE! Hubs) on Lake Victoria in Kenya via a local susidiary. These Hubs provide the population around the lake with access to sustainably generated electricity and clean drinking water. On behalf of the Siemens Foundation, InES develops concepts for the integration of e-mobility into the existing WE! Hub infrastructure in order to expand the operating range of the WE! Hubs into the interior of the country. Moreover, future plans encompass for instance running fishing boats with PV electricity, thus helping to protect the fragile ecosystem of Lake Victoria.
04/2019 Start of the PROCEED project
The application-oriented joint project „Pathway to Renewable Off-Grid Community Energy for Development (PROCEED)“ examines options for a sustainable energy supply based on Renewable Energies via decentralised mini-grids in rural Africa. Under the leadership of InES, the German and Namibian project partners aim to effectively link technology and service developments, by focusing on an interdisciplinary approach (society, economy, technology). PROCEED is being financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). News article "Project start PROCEED" - read more >> Important milestone in the PROCEED project - read more >>
03/2018 Research cooperation with ENSTAB in Tunisia
Based on the initiative of InES, the THI concluded a University Partnership Agreement with the École Nationale des Sciences et Technologies Avancées à Borj Cedria (ENSTAB) in Tunisia, at the beginning of 2018. Such a cooperation between the two institutions has been inspired by the stay of two ENSTAB students at InES as well as a delegation visit of the ENSTAB University Directors to Ingolstadt in October 2017. In addition to student exchanges, joint research projects in the field of Renewable Energies are planned as part of the partnership.
11/2017 Start of the HAW Kenya project
With the new initiative "East Africa Network of Excellence for Universities of Applied Sciences", InES is launching its cooperation with partners in Kenya. The project's overarching objective is to inform Kenyan academics about the German concept of "Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften (HAW)" and to facilitate a transfer into the local context. The two-year project will be implemented under the leadership of the Hochschule Neu-Ulm and is being supported by the German Federal Foreign Office as well as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
09/2017 Research cooperation with Ethiopia
In addition to the existing Partnership Agreeent with the Addis Ababa University of Science and Technology which was concluded in 2016, the THI and the Ethiopia Ministry of Science and Technology have now agreed to intensify their cooperation in the frame of application oriented research projects in the realm of Renewable Energies. The details of this new agreement have been elaborated during a delegation visit by the THI in Ethiopia in August 2017, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
01/2016 Cooperation agreement with the Addis Ababa Science & Technology University in Ethiopia
In June 2015, a five-member delegation from Ethiopia visited THI to learn more about international activities and to exchange information on potential areas of cooperation. The representatives of the Ethiopian Ministry of Science, the Technical University of the capital Addis Ababa and other members of the government initiated the long-term institutional partnership.
03/2014 Launch of the NEED project
Together with five partners from Namibia, Zambia and Botswana, THI has defined several goals: to create structures for the development of technical know-how in the field of Renewable Energies in the participating countries; to connect important local stakeholders; and to increase the awareness for the benefits of Renewable Energies and a subsequent willigness for political action. The Network of Energy Excellence for Development (NEED) is scheduled for three years and receives funding from the European Union within the ACP Science and Technology II Programme. Newsartikel "THI startet zusammen mit afrikanischen Partnern das Forschungsprojekt NEED" lesen >>
02/2014 Foundation of the Bavarian Research Institut for African Studies (BRIAS)
BRIAS is based on a cooperation between the THI, the University of Bayreuth, the University of Würzburg and the Hochschule Neu-Ulm in the field of African studies. The multidisciplinary research institute strives to create awareness in society and politics for topics relevant in the African context. Moreover, it aims to foster cooperations with African research partners. Thus, new research ideas are developed and implemented together with partners in Africa. Newsartikel "THI gründet bayerisches Afrikanisches Forschungsinstitut BRIAS mit" lesen >>
2013 Student project "Tourist Lodge"
Dr. Tobias Bader, then PhD student at InES, developed an energy concept for a so-called "EcoEduLodge" together with students at THI. The idea was to analyse how to supply a lodge with Renewable Energies while simultaneously using the installation for educational purposes.
11/2012 Fact finding mission in Botswana and Namibia
As part of a fact-finding mission, InES scientists visit universities, research institutions and other local stakeholders in the field of Renewable Energy technology in Botswana and Namibia. In the course of this trip, the main pillars of the NEED-project are elaborated together with local partners.
In addition, InES researchers cooperate on an international level with the following scientific associations and partners (selection):
International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
Research platforms of the International Energy Agency: Task 38: Solar Air-Conditioning; Task 39: Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications
De Montfort University, Leicester (GB): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development
City University of Hong Kong (CN): Division of Building Science and Technology
Contribution to international climate protection by InES' project
Launched in April 2019, the PROCEED project is part of the funding programme CLIENT II and contributes to international climate protection efforts. The video shows how CLIENT II supports international cooperation for the development of innovative and sustainable climate, energy, environmental and resource solutions. Moreover, it explains CLIENT II's pioneering approach to promote joint research and development projects between German research institutions and companies and similar partners in emerging and developing countries.