Equipment

The Georg Dietrich building at Campus North provides a laboratory space of about 900 m² as well as office space for scientists and technicians. The laboratory hosts various test benches and also larger laboratory units. For thermal tests of building components a container-size climate chamber as well as two test chambers form a “triple climate chamber” for research on thermoactive building component systems (TABS). A hydrogen system unit with electrolyzer, fuel cell and hydrogen storage is set up next to the building. The 6.3 kWp photovoltaic system is installed on the carport roof in front of the building, below which the INES electric vehicle can be charged with photovoltaic electricity. The small wind generator contributes electric power of up to 4.5 kW. These electricity producers and consumers are part of the INES smart grid, which, in addition, features stationary lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. The laboratories of the department of Mechanical and Process Engineering are used for particular research tasks, too.

Furthermore, the building provides a computer pool and a seminar room with space for about 50 people. Apart from the use for lectures and seminars this room can also be rented from Offenburg University of Applied Sciences.