Hybrid flying: BTU receives nearly 39 million euros for CHESCO 05.01.2022

Starting signal for establishment of a center for the development of low-emission air drives on 05.01.2022 in Cottbus: Minister Schüle hands over first ILB notice to BTU President Grande / 238 million euros are available until 2026

In Cottbus, Brandenburg's Minister of Science and Research, Dr. Manja Schüle, today handed over to the President of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Prof. Dr. Gesine Grande, a grant notification from the Investment Bank of the State of Brandenburg (ILB) for around 38.56 million euros for the "Center for Hybrid Electric Systems Cottbus" (CHESCO for short) project. This means that the establishment of a center for research into hybrid-electric drives and systems can begin at the BTU.

In addition to Minister Dr. Manja Schüle and BTU President Prof. Gesine Grande, the CHESCO project managers Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Höschler and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Möhlenkamp as well as Dr. Jörg Au, Chief Engineer Business Aviation and Engineering Director Rolls-Royce Germany, took part in the handover ceremony. Due to the pandemic, the CHESCO team, under the project coordination of Dr. Jane Worlitz and Dylana-Chiara Stein, and many other invited guests were digitally present.

Dr. Manja Schüle emphasized the importance of the project for the region during the handover: "CHESCO is a mega project for Lusatia. Here, cutting-edge research is tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time: the development of climate-friendly flight propulsion systems. And: CHESCO can become a pull factor for the entire region. The center will not be a hermetically sealed ivory tower in which excellent minds work away in silence. CHESCO wants to provide concrete answers: with the region, but beyond it....I am convinced that it is not those who invest in industrial jobs, but those who invest in innovation, who invest in the future."

As part of CHESCO, BTU scientists led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Höschler and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Möhlenkamp will work on solutions not only for aerospace drives, but also for rail, road and off-road. Hybrid-electric drives - and thus the combination of gas turbine with generator or fuel cell, battery and electric motor - enable a variety of different drive systems.

One of CHESCO's goals is to accelerate the development time of innovative drive technologies by centrally bundling research and manufacturing competencies.

The center will be closely aligned with the requirements of our partners and customers. These include renowned institutes such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR), or the Fraunhofer Institutes, as well as important industrial partners such as Rolls-Royce Germany.

CHESCO is financed by the funding guideline of the State Chancellery of Brandenburg for the structural development of Lusatia, the funds come from the Structural Strengthening Act of the Federal Government. As part of the funding process, the project went through a workshop process organized by the state structural development company "Wirtschaftsregion Lausitz GmbH". In June 2021, the eligibility of the CHESCO project was confirmed by the interministerial working group (IMAG) Lausitz of the state government. Over the next five years, a total of 238 million euros is to be invested in building and equipping the research center. The Investment Bank of the State of Brandenburg (ILB) has now approved the first sub-project with around 39 million euros and issued the funding notice.

Further speeches as well as a detailed article on the ceremonial handover can be found under the following link: BTU website: Hybrid Flying: BTU receives nearly 39 million euros for CHESCO

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Opening of the new start-up centre "Startblock B2" at the campus

On 15.10.2021, the regional and Cottbus start-up centre Startblock B2 was opened in a festive setting. Start-ups and founders with (high)tech skills now have the opportunity to use 5,500 m² of offices, workshops, common rooms and meeting rooms to work on their innovative ideas.

In addition to the Cottbus Economic Development Agency, the CoLab team and many other guests, the CHESCO team was also represented with its own stand.

Opening of the Rolls-Royce development office in Cottbus 14.10.2021

The engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has been researching and producing at the Dahlewitz site in the district of Teltow-Fläming (Brandenburg) for 30 years. Rolls-Royce, the BMWi and the Brandenburg MWAE have now agreed to drive forward the research and development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the next generation of aviation in Brandenburg.

On Friday, 8 October 2021, Rolls-Royce will open a production facility in Cottbus. Around 50 highly qualified jobs are to be created in the region as early as 2021. The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, the DLR and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are scientific project partners.

The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and Rolls-Royce have been working closely together in the field of engine construction for 15 years. In 2005, the BTU was the first German university to join Rolls-Royce's exclusiveUniversity Technology Center (UTC) research network. In addition to supporting the development of next-generation aircraft engines, prototypes of future hybrid-electric propulsion systems are being developed, built and tested within theCenter for Hybrid Electric Systems Cottbus (CHESCO) project. CHESCO represents a unique centre for the research and production of (hybrid) electric systems, which is to be established on the TIP site.

Dr. Jörg Au (Managing Director Rolls-Royce Germany), Rob Watson (Director Electric Rolls-Royce plc.), Mr. Hendrik Fischer (Brandenburg State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy) signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the opening ceremony and cut the opening ribbon together with Dr. Riedel (Office of the Aerospace Coordinator).