Signing a memorandum of understanding, the E.ON Energy Research Center (E.ON ERC) at RWTH Aachen University and the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, have formalized their future collaboration on researching and teaching energy research, specifically in the areas of energy saving, energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly energy systems. The planned cooperation is another important building block in E.ON ERC’s globally applied International Energy Cooperation Program, which is to intensify the international exchange with prestigious universities around the world.
"We are pleased to add this significant partner to our globally oriented International Energy Cooperation Program (IECP). Given the increasingly complex challenges related to the research and development of environmentally friendly, affordable and sustainable sources of energy for the future, we need international cooperation and division of labor,” explains Professor Rik W. De Doncker, Director of the Aachen Energy Research Center and a founder of the new cooperation, at the signing of the agreement in Gothenburg.
“Climate protection is an issue in Sweden and one that takes high priority at the Chalmers University of Technology. That said, we can only benefit from exchanging our knowledge with our counterparts in Aachen. Thus, both sides stand to profit, as do the remaining research facilities involved with the IECP and E.ON ERC,” says Professor Thore Berntsson, Director of Chalmers Energy Area of Advance, emphasizing the Swedish partner’s eagerness to collaborate.
Goals of the Collaboration
With this memorandum, both research institutes and their respective universities affirm their desire to exchange future scientific publications and other information of mutual interest.
Another important point in the agreement promotes academic exchange addressed specifically to the mutual activities of scientific personnel in research and teaching. The students are also to benefit from the cooperation between the universities; budding engineers and scientists from Sweden are as welcome in Aachen as Aachen students are in Gothenburg.
In addition, topics of research are to be identified that the five institutes of the E.ON ERC and the Chalmers University of Technology can use to conduct the required studies in close and delegable cooperation.
The German-Swedish collaboration’s extensive catalogue of projects also includes the joint planning and realization of seminars and conferences.