With two successfully completed projects, the CeMOS competence center (Center for Mass Spectrometry and Optical Spectroscopy) was able to present examples of its research strength at the Innovation Day for SMEs of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). This year's Innovation Day took place under the motto "Ideenfestival im Grünen" at the project management agency AiF Projekt GmbH in Berlin. It offers selected companies, research institutions and cooperation networks the opportunity to present projects supported by the Zentrale Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM). Since 2014, the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, which pursues a practice-oriented research strategy geared towards company cooperation, has been continuously invited to this forum with one to three research projects. Consequently, the scientists of the university together with the respective company representatives informed about their projects with market potential at a centrally located stand.
The innovative cooling truck body, which was developed in cooperation with KRESS Fahrzeugbau GmbH and MESA Bammental GmbH as well as the KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, was a special eye-catcher due to its size. Through the use of newly developed materials and insulation technologies, a 30 percent higher insulation effect is achieved with significantly reduced wall thickness, including a resulting larger usable area. The additional integration of latent heat accumulators as a further innovation means that the temperatures in the cold store can be kept constant for up to 80 hours without the use of energy.
The project presentation attracted many of the approximately 2,000 visitors to the stand of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. Prof. Dr. Lars Castellucci, member of the Bundestag for the Rhine-Neckar constituency (SPD), was also interested in the innovations - developed by medium-sized companies from his own region - and had Prof. Dr. Matthias Rädle and Joachim Kress, Managing Directors of KRESS Fahrzeugbau GmbH, explain the details of the truck cooling system.
Such joint projects - in this case initiated by the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Thilo Schenk - of several partners from industry and science not only strengthen the position of small and medium-sized enterprises in the region, but also scientific cooperation. Two young scientists from Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and another two from Karlsruhe are currently working on their doctorates in the subject area exhibited at the Innovation Day.