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International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)

Stefanie Meilinger Portrait Nov 23 IZNE

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger

Professor for Sustainable Technologies, esp. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies/Director of the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)/Department EMT

Unit

Department of Engineering and Communication, Institute for Technology, Resource and Energy-efficient Engineering (TREE), International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)

Research fields

  • Sustainable Technologies, especially Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency

Location

Sankt Augustin

Room

G 037

Address

Grantham-Allee 20

53757 Sankt Augustin

Profile

Field of teaching: Courses of Prof. Meilinger

Areas of research:

  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Sustainability of technological transformation processes

Laboratory: Energy Meteorology Laboratory

 

Curriculum vitae

Professional activity:

Since 06/2013               International Center for Sustainable Development (IZNE), H-BRS

Professor for Sustainable Technologies,
especially renewable energies and energy efficiency

 

09/2012 – 05/2013     German Meteorological Service

Research assistant

 

02/2008 – 07/2012     Lufthansa Systems AG

Specialist and Product Manager for Environmental Flight Planning

               

01/2004 – 01/2008     Environmental Ressource Management GmbH (ERM)

Consultant Energy and Climate Protection
         

01/1997 – 01/2004      Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Department of Air Chemistry)

Research assistant
               

04/1996 – 12/1996      Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis

Research assistant

School, study and doctorate:

01/1997 – 08/2000       Doctorate (Dr.sci.nat.) in environmental sciences
at the ETH Zurich in cooperation with the MPI for Chemistry in Mainz

Subject: „Heterogeneous Chemistry in the Tropopause Region: Impact of Aircraft Emissions

10/1989 – 11/1995       Study of Physics
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

11/1995          Diploma (very good)
Subject: „Non-Equilibrium Liquid Stratospheric Aerosol“

10/1990 – 04/1995       Study of Philosophy
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

08/1992 – 08/1993       Study at the Indiana University Bloomington, USA

05/1989              Baccalaureate 

1980 - 1989       Marienschule Limburg/Lahn

1976 - 1980       Grund- und Hauptschule Oberbrechen

Research Projects

reTURN - Recycling organic residues and CO2 into fuels

The reTURN project partners are stepping up to revolutionize the transportation sector through sector coupling and to demonstrate a process for producing climate-friendly synthetic fuels at a viable cost.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
Green hydrogen from brewing biomass

In this project, the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences will analyse the availability of brewer's grains and the sustainability of procurement and processing. The design of a suitable electrochemical electrolysis cell will be carried out at Robert Gordon University.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Tanja Clees Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
KLUGER Transfer - Climate - Environment - Health - Transfer

The project's aim is to develop and test new methods and instruments for institutionalised transfer cooperation between non-university research institutions (AUF) and universities of applied sciences (HAW), using the example of global climate and environmental change and associated health effects. A multi-stage transfer chain from basic research via applied research and teaching to societal, economic, and political actors will be developed. Suitable and innovative formats will be designed and implemented to create a sustainable system of knowledge transfer into practice. Accompanying research will record and analyse knowledge transfer preferences of researchers and practitioners.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Katja Bender Prof. Dr Martin Hamer Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger Prof. Dr Wiltrud Terlau
NeLiPro – Next Level Lightweight Production

The aim of the project is the development of high-quality, lightweight structural components for the mobility sector, and the respective manufacturing technologies. To achieve this goal, a modular system for hybrid fiber composite lightweight components in the commercial vehicle sector is further developed and transferred to the rail vehicle sector. The lightweight components allow a significant weight reduction compared to the reference structures. Additionally, new manufacturing technologies are employed that require significantly lower energy input. As a result, a considerable amount of CO2 is saved both during production and throughout the service life phase.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
PV-Sp - Improving PV yield prediction for storage control - a pilot project with rooftop systems

In Germany, photovoltaic (PV) systems are increasingly being combined with battery storage systems to enhance self-consumption and relieve the electricity grids of weather-related power peaks. Predictions of solar radiation and expected PV power generation are prerequisites for an optimal battery charging strategy. In the PV-Sp project, a feasibility study is conducted exploring whether a radiation map can be created based on the PV yields of PV battery systems, leading to an improvement of PV power predictions.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
Curriculum 4.0.nrw - Designing university curricula for the digital world

The potentials and effects of digitalisation today encompass all areas of human and social activity. Universities are therefore responsible for enabling their students to develop competences that not only include the competent use of digital technologies, but also the ability to assess the potential and effects of digitisation in society and the world of work, to actively and reflexively shape digitisation processes and to keep pace with the rapid dynamics of change. In 2019/2020, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia developed the Curriculum 4.0.nrw funding line, which is intended to support the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in exploiting the opportunities of digital teaching, among other things. In the Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism, this funding line will be used to further develop the Master's programme in Sustainable Engineering Sciences, which addresses the funding line's thematic areas such as technical innovation and digitalisation.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Marco Jung
EnerSHelf – Energy supply for health care facilities in Ghana

"Dumsor" is the Ghanaian word for the frequent blackouts that happen on the country's electricity grid. Like many developing and emerging countries, Ghana suffers from frequent power cuts. On top of this, there is also the instability of the power grid. Both have a major impact on the health care services. Although electricity from photovoltaic systems could provide a solution, the photovoltaic (PV) market in Ghana remains relatively underdeveloped. This is where the EnerSHelf joint project steped in. Through dedicated research, research-practice collaboration in interdisciplinary teams, and on-the-ground implementation, the project paved the way for improved energy access and resilience within the healthcare sector, ultimately contributing to the well-being and prosperity of the Ghanaian population.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger Prof. Dr Katja Bender
TRE3L - TREE-Energy Lab

The institute TREE operates the TREE-Energy Lab (TRE3L) in the university's Center of Applied Research (ZAF)  with it's industrial partners GKN Driveline and GKN Sinter Metals. In the three sub-labs Powder Fabrication-Lab, Mobility-Lab and Hydrogen-Lab the three partners work on innovative techniques in powder metallurgy and recent topics of environment friendly mobility and energy-efficiency. These labs are supported by a Simulation-Lab.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Alexander Asteroth Prof. Dr Tanja Clees Prof. Dr Dirk Reith
Campus to World

The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences is adapting its existing transfer instruments to the changing demands and needs of business, society and science and is developing new suitable transfer mechanisms. The project is funded by the federal-state initiative "Innovative University".

MetPVNet - Satellite and meteorology-assisted prediction of PV power generation at the distribution grid level: development, validation, application

Research project for the (further) development of innovative energy meteorological methods for satellite-based forecasts of irradiation and PV power at plant level.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
eTa - efficient transportation alternatives

The development of sustainable electromobility is one of the social challenges our time, which is considered in the research project eTa. The energy efficiency of vehicles is addressed in aerodynamic projects and optimized operating strategies. In particular, non-classic vehicle concepts are in focus. Alternative mobility concepts based on non-fossil fuels need new supply structures. The optimized expansion of the loading infrastructure is therefore another issue. But even the best mobility concept is useless if it is not accepted by society and implemented by politics and business. Therefore, acceptance questions are a central element of eTa, which will be further developed. The following areas are addressed primarily by the need to reduce energy consumption: Efficiency of the vehicles Alternative mobility concepts Efficiency of mobility concepts Technical acceptance In particular, these are questions which arise only from the combined consideration of these subject areas and are usually not fully answered in classical manner. Examples of this are optimization of hybrid controls for muscle-electric hybrid light vehicles and study of the aerodynamics of ultralight vehicles where results of the classic wind tunnel tests often do not correspond to the results of the practice. Other topics that we are dealing with are predictive operational strategies for electric combustion hybrid vehicles and loss optimization, optimization of multi-stage placement of charging stations, acceptance of alternative mobility concepts.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Alexander Asteroth
PASS - Partnership for Applied Sciences

Within the framework of the NRW-Ghana Partnership and the funding program "NRW-Partnerships for the Promotion of Technical Universities in Ghana", the Ministry of Innovation, Economy and Research (MIWF) has been funding the university partnership project "Partnership for Applied Sciences - PASS" between the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (consortium leader), the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef and the two Ghanaian universities Kumasi Technical University and Cape Coast Technical University through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2017.

Partnership for Applied Sciences - PASS

As part of the NRW-Ghana Partnership and the funding programme "NRW Partnerships for the Promotion of Technical Universities in Ghana", the Ministry of Innovation, Economics and Research (MIWF) has been funding the university partnership project "Partnership for Applied Sciences - PASS" between Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (consortium leader), Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Bad Honnef International University of Applied Sciences and the two Ghanaian universities Kumasi Technical University and Cape Coast Technical University through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2017. The project has a duration of four years.

EnerSHelF_DEF - Energy self-sufficiency for Health Facilities in Ghana

The main objectives of the definition project "Energy Self-sufficiency for Health Facilities in Ghana" were to form a consortium of academic and corporate partners to prepare a draft proposal for a research and development (R&D) project aimed primarily at simultaneously improving access to health services and energy through the development and delivery of context-appropriate and sustainable energy solutions for health facilities in Ghana.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Katja Bender Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
Land-use related influence of aerosols on solar energy generation

Global energy demand is increasing year by year. On the one hand, this is driven by population growth and, on the other, by the increasing demand for technical equipment, travel/transport and consumer goods.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
Vehicle based photovoltaic system for energy efficiency and cost saving

The project is about the idea of a quick retrofit for conventional cars and buses, in order to reduce fuel consumption, related costs and CO2 emissions by using photovoltaic panels on the roof which are connected to the existing vehicle power supply network. This reduces the load on the alternator and leads to a reduction in fuel consumption. Tasks The main task of this project is to find out if the suggested PV system is applicable and profitable particularly with regard to sustainability: Theoretic calculations Experimental tests Analysing the results Impact estimations

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
Global Partnership - North Rhine-Westphalia for International Sustainable Development

Against the backdrop of the concretization of the 2030 Agenda adopted in September and the universally applicable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) anchored therein, solution strategies for the greater intensification of interdisciplinary cooperation between different scientific disciplines and the necessary internationalization of research will be developed in a dialogue between representatives of development and sustainability research, research policy and research funding institutions.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Katja Bender
Development of a software tool for the recommendation of individualized indoor climate settings using weather forecast data

In order to save energy, ergonomic indoor climate control adapted to people's personal preferences is a good way. For this purpose, weather forecast data can be used, personal climate control data from the past, preferences and simulation evaluation data can be included and evaluated. A room model will be developed and simulated that evaluates such data and suggests individualized room climate control.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
Vehicle based photovoltaic system for energy efficiency and cost saving

The project is based on the idea of a quick retrofit for conventional cars and buses, in order to reduce fuel consumption, related costs and CO2 emissions by using photovoltaic panels on the roof which are connected to the existing vehicle power supply network. This reduces the load on the alternator and leads to a reduction in fuel consumption. Tasks The main task of this project is to find out if the suggested PV system is fitting sustainability criteria, if it is applicable, effective and profitable.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger
Flasher - Predicting the yield of photovoltaic modules

Development of a flasher for photovoltaics with capabilities to control intensity, spectral energy density distribution, and angle of incidence for direct site- and time-based yield measurement in the laboratory.

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger Prof. Dr Dieter Franke
ELaBoR - Infrastructure for car charging stations

The goal of this project was to develop a strategy in order to extend the infrastructure of car charging stations in Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis.  Based on goals set by the government and information about the distribution of the car density in the area of interest, scenarios for the extension between 2016 and 2020 have been identified. In order to achieve these goals, the number of charging stations has to be raised successively from 256 (in 2016) to a number of 935 in 2020. Therefore, a grid map for the distribution of charging stations for electronic cars and bicycles had to be created. Also so called "points of interest" (POIs) (tourist attractions, leisure time facilities, etc.) as well as park-and-ride stations have been taken into account. All those options have been ranked according to their priority and their individual traffic data. The current distribution of charging stations has been investigated beforehand. With the help of an algorithm, the best positions and distributions for charging stations have been determined. Though, further analysis is necessary in order to bring these proposals into practise. Therefore, a guildeline has been developed and tested in a workshop for the locations "Königswinter" and "Bonn City Centre".

Project management at the H-BRS

Prof. Dr Stefanie Meilinger

Publications

Publications can be found via the link to the publication list below.