On 25-29 July 2022, the SophiA partners met at the International Summer School at the OST Rapperswil-Jona campus and it was all about sustainability!
The event was held for the first time by the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA), the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (OST) in Rapperswil, and the Transylvanian University of Brasov (TUB, Romania).
It was a great opportunity for 30 students to deal intensively with a wide variety of sustainability topics ranging from renewable energies, sustainable water engineering, sustainable production methods to environmentally friendly mobility but also to learn about SophiA technologies.
There were several presentations of the SophiA concept and technologies by the consortium partners:
- The refrigeration technologies of the SophiA Solar Cooling Container by O. Schmid from HKA
- The water technologies of the SophiA Solar Water Container by J. Hoinkis and S. De from HKA
- The solar technologies applied to both containers by H. Hoedt from SS
Read about the different SophiA technologies
Edem N’Tsoukpoe from 2iE came from Burkina Faso with the purpose of giving a talk about solar energy in Africa and thermochemical energy storage. During his stay, he had several meetings and visited Simply Solar to meet in person the inventor of Scheffler Reflectors.
During the summer school, the students were able to experience, in theory and practice, the heat pumps developed in the “TRI-HP” project and the solar-assisted cooling systems, steam generation and water treatment systems of SophiA, which are intended for African hospitals.
The HKA students explained their sustainable project “ecosail” to students from other universities using the sailing boat they had brought. They built the boat themselves and used more than 70% of natural or recycled materials.
“For students, the Sustainability Summer School is an ideal complement to their basic education: in a fun and international exchange, they learn about the latest research results and can experience the complex system interrelationships of sustainability and climate protection through concrete tasks,” said Elke Petersson, Dean of Studies in Environmental Engineering (Civil) at HKA.
Special thanks go to the donors Belimo, Geberit, Kälte Eckert, Technotrans, Thermofin, and the Association of Donors as well as the Department for Technology and Science Ethics at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the Erasmus Program of the EU for the financial support of the international Sustainability Summer School.
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