On 25th August 2020, Baden-Württemberg State Secretary Dr. Andre Baumann visited the University of Freiburg as part of his summer tour and informed himself about the development of the Upper Rhine university consortium Eucor – The European Campus. The tour focused on the French concept by the state of Baden-Württemberg adopted on the French national holiday Bastille Day (July 14, 2020) and the further development of the university consortium. On the other hand, Dr. Andre Baumann learned more about cross-border projects from the sustainability sciences within the consortium.

The project “Regional concepts for an integrated, efficient and sustainable energy supply and storage in the Upper Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region” (RES-TMO) aims at a reliable energy supply in the Upper Rhine region with increasing energy production from renewable energies. To this end, the project sponsors are investigating synergies arising from complementary generation, demand and storage capacities on both sides of the Rhine in order to develop recommendations for decision-makers.

The second project that was presented “Smart Meter Inclusif” (SMI) combines artificial intelligence and microsocial analysis. The researchers are developing new intelligent electricity meters, so-called smart meters, which are more efficient, secure and better accepted by consumers. Users of the tool, whose prototype was presented to State Secretary Baumann, will be able to collect and predict the consumption of their electrical appliances.

Finally, the participants of the event discussed the concept of Eucor – The European Campus for a post-Fessenheim perspective.

Dr. Andre Baumann has been the representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the Federal Government and State Secretary at the Ministry of State in Stuttgart since February 2020.

On the picture from left to right: Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Dr. Andre Baumann, Prof. Dr. Barbara Koch, Prof. Dr. Frederik Wenz, Prof. Dr. Alain Dieterlen.