University of Applied Sciences
Schellingstr. 24, 70174 Stuttgart
Postbox 101452, 70013 Stuttgart
T: +49 (0)711 8926 2660
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Professor Ursula Eicker
Organisation and relevant experience: The University of Stuttgart is a research-intensive university with an engineering or science orientation. It is located in one of the most powerful technology locations in Europe and carries out its role as an engine of innovation. The broad subjects and range of expertise in engineering, natural sciences and the humanities and the balanced cooperation with the Württemberg partner universities of Hohenheim, Ulm and Tübingen, with significant non-university research establishments, such as Max Planck and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the German Centre for aerospace and numerous other research institutes and the industrial sector enable the University of Stuttgart to develop their strengths and focus on issues of high future relevance.
Tasks: Stuttgart University will carry out optimisation of solar energy technology, develop the technology for retrofitting and test technology under controlled conditions.
Key personnel and relevant experience: Professor Ursula Eicker has carried out international research projects on solar cooling, heating, electricity production and building energy efficiency at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences since 1993. Her PhD was on amorphous silicon thin film solar cells at Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She then worked at the process development of large scale amorphous silicon modules in France. She continued research in photovoltaic system technology at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart. Her current research emphasis is on the development of solar thermal cooling technologies, energy concepts for low energy buildings and sustainable communities, control strategies and simulation systems, heat transfer in facades etc. Since 2002 she is the scientific director of the research centre sustainable energy technologies (zafh.net) in Baden Württemberg with 30 research scientists. She also heads the Institute of Applied Research of the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, where building physicists, geoinformation scientists, mathematicians, civil engineers and architects cooperate. During the last fifteen years she has coordinated numerous research projects on sustainable energy plants and buildings. Currently Prof. Eicker is the coordinator of an integrated European project on sustainable communities with 18 partners and a total budget of 17 million Euros and a Marie Curie graduate school on urban energy management.