RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, is divided into nine faculties. With more than 42.000 students it is one of the largest engineering universities in Germany. It hosts several excellence research clusters and is among the top 3 leading organizations of the ranking list for funding of the German Research Foundation (DFG) which verifies the quality of its scientific research. RWTH has a significant portfolio of innovations, patents, and licenses. The individual competence centers at RWTH collaborate very effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums, while maintaining a strong focus on their own department specialty. The future strategy of RWTH to become an integrated, interdisciplinary technical University has been supported by funds from the national Excellence Initiative and several strategic partnerships, e.g. IDEA League and the JARA Research Alliance. RTWH ranks as one of the best German Universities with regard to external funding and was able to secure €330m in funding from public research grants and from business and industry. This demonstrates RWTH’s special status among German Universities and illustrates its success in linking academic research with private sector innovation activity.
The Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering (IOB) at RWTH Aachen University is part of the faculty of geo resources and materials science. The department was founded 1957 and nowadays consists of 1 professor, 1 senior engineer, 21 scientists, 11 non-scientific employees and 36 student workers. The department is divided into three main research groups (heat transfer and fluid dynamics, industrial furnaces, energy and material balances). IOB is specialized on the field of energy use in industrial process, especially in metals production. There is also a close relation between OWI and RWTH-IOB because Prof. Pfeifer as director of IOB is also the scientific advisor of OWI since 2007.
The Division of EU Project Management at RWTH Aachen University (RWTH-EUPM) provides advisory services for researchers and assists the RWTH Institutes in project administration and monitoring, finances and reporting through the entire project lifecycle. Furthermore, it acts as the central point of contact for any issues that might come up during the life-time of the project and after its conclusion. With currently more than 280 signed FP7 and H2020 Grant Agreements (30 are coordinated by RWTH), it has extensive experience in contractual, financial and administrative procedures in EU-funded projects.
Role in the project
RWTH will take care of the overall coordination and management of all administrative and financial tasks of the project. In addition, RWTH, in close cooperation with OWI, will oversee the monitoring of milestones and deliverables to ensure high project quality within budget and timeliness (WP1). Key tasks will be related to contractual, financial, reporting, guiding tasks, meeting organization and follow-up and day-to-day management of Residue2Heat.