Current research projects

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Current research projects in the field of environment and sustainability

At this point, a periodically changing exemplary selection of current research activities from the environmental field of the University of Kassel is made transparent. This overview does not claim to be complete and does not represent all research activities by far. If you are interested in publishing current projects, please send a short project description and a picture to:

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Stadt-Land-Plus- Joint project: Integrated urban-rural concept for the production of activated carbon and energy sources from residual biomass (CoAct)

The "CoAct" project converts leaves and other residual biomass into activated carbon and fuels in the Friedrichshafen area. In addition to the technical aspects, the economic and ecological effects are also being investigated. The products obtained are intended to benefit the regional economy, protect the climate and improve water quality.

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Decoding trace substances (DecS)

The research project "DecS", funded by the BMBF, pursues the vision of removing organic trace substances from wastewater streams in a targeted manner and relieving the necessary use of resources of the available technologies (ozone, powdered activated carbon, granulated activated carbon). This is to be made possible by the large-scale implementation of an intelligent monitoring and control center.

Image: Department of Human-Machine Systems Engineering at the University of Kassel

Carefree urban travel (U-high-3)

The goal is to develop an information technology assistance system to reduce user barriers in order to make public transportation more customer-friendly. This system is intended to support users along their travel chain in line with their needs. A mobility and simulation laboratory will also be used for this purpose.

Mobility Transformation - Key Factors for Sustainable and Resilient Transport (MOTUS).

Disruptive events change behavior and thus also the mobility behavior of many people. The goal of the MOTUS project is to develop a simulation platform that provides a holistic view of the urban transportation system and its actors.

Scaling Security Foundation for Critical Infrastructure (KRITEX)

The decentralization accompanying the energy transition makes the innovative and intelligent power grids more vulnerable to attackers and requires increasing regulation. The KRITEX project is investigating legal as well as technical and practical aspects in order to make the complex supply network more resistant to external attacks.

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Sheep creates landscape

The project aims to create sustainable structures to maintain and promote sheep farming and thus biodiversity in the long term in the hotspot region Werratal with Hoher Meißner and Kaufunger Wald. The main aim is to promote networking between habitats at landscape level. The project received the award as an official project of the UN Decade of Biological Diversity.

Relationship between environmentally relevant behavior and the development of values and norms (ZumWert).

This interdisciplinary project examines how norm development and internalization processes change over time and can be influenced by policies and strategies for action and communication to achieve an overall outcome that is beneficial to the community.

Integrated Model of Material Efficiency and Environmental Impact of Material Cycles in Buildings and Infrastructure (IMMEC).

The project will model plastic use in buildings and infrastructure to analyze the potential presence of contaminants, the recycling potential of plastics in the structures, and the health and environmental impacts of the entire value chain.