The latest developments at TUM for a more sustainable future: Research findings, technical innovations, degree programs – as well as our commitment at home and in our global network.

  • Putting the fire lookout in orbit

    Forest fire monitoring: OroraTech launches first nanosatellite

    OroraTech, a startup formed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), is preparing to launch a fleet of small satellites. They will use infrared cameras to detect temperature anomalies at high temporal and spatial resolutions. With the data, the young entrepreneurs want to localize forest fires quickly and track their spread in real time.

    • Mobility, Sustainability, Research news
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    Electric trucks: ultra-fast charging in the megawatt range

    Consortium developing solution for low-emission cargo transport

    It is an ambitious goal: By 2030 the German government aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 65 percent compared to 1990. But how? With partners from industry and research institutes, scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are working on prototypes for an electric-powered truck and the charging station it will need.

    • Sustainability, Campus news, President
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    Dr. Markus Söder praises cutting-edge research 'Made in Bavaria'

    Bavarian Minister-President tours climate gas sensors at TUM

    Bavarian Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder recently visited a research station for greenhouse gases in the urban environs of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). During the tour he emphasized the significance of climate change as the greatest challenge of our time. "We can only reduce emissions efficiently if we understand them. This is unique international cutting-edge research, 'Made in Bavaria'," Söder said Monday. The Minister-President was on the roof of a TUM building learning about a sensor network for measuring greenhouse gases which is unique worldwide.

  • Ein kleines Feld in der Stadt: Ziel des Projektes Essbare Stadt München ist es, neue Möglichkeiten des Gärtnerns in der Stadt auszuloten und den Austausch zwischen Stadt-Gärtnern zu ermöglichen. Über solche und ähnliche Projekte diskutieren die Teilnehmer des 14. Weihenstephaner Forums.
    • Sustainability, Campus news, Event
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    Saving the world – Cultivating the city?

    Weihenstephan Symposium on the topic of "Urban Agriculture"

    How can urban food production contribute to a sustainable future? Is urban agriculture a trend phenomenon or can it be seen as a transformative element for the development of resilient food systems and cities? These and more are the topics of the 14th Weihenstephan Symposium on October 21 and 22. This hybrid event is organized by the Professorship of Urban Productive Ecosystems at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

  • Wood with chemical signs
    • Sustainability, Campus news, Event
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    New potentials of the traditional raw material wood

    TUM@Freising lecture series for the first time as a hybrid event

    The raw material wood has shaped the development of mankind like hardly any other natural material. For centuries, wood was one of the most important materials for satisfying people's basic material and energy needs. But how can we use this raw material today? At the TUM@Freising lecture series on Thursday, September 30, 2021, Prof. Klaus Richter from the Chair of Wood Science at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will explain how wood can be optimized through innovative technology and what potential this offers for climate protection.

  • Eco-efficient fertilization protects nature, health, and the wallet.
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Eco-efficient fertilization

    Researchers calculate billions in environmental and health savings

    Urea is a valuable nitrogen fertilizer which is regularly used in agriculture to fertilize large areas of arable land. However, the release of urea into the atmosphere extensively affects the environment and human health. These affects can be largely mitigated by the addition of “urease inhibitors”, which reduce gaseous ammonia losses. A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now calculated how the use of eco-efficient fertilizers can save billions in environmental and health expenditures.

  • A vision for the mobility of the future: the Hyperloop superfast train.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Event
    • Reading time: 5 MIN

    Faster, more sustainable and smarter travel

    TUM presents the mobile world of the future at IAA MOBILITY

    Will a hyperloop train soon whisk us from Munich to Berlin in just 30 minutes? Will artificial intelligence control our vehicles in the future? And how can we create more effectively networked, climate-friendly forms of urban mobility? These issues are being explored by scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Their research projects will be presented at IAA MOBILITY in Munich from September 7–12.

  • TUM experts will play a key role in research and development at the new Hydrogen Technology User Center.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Campus news
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    Go-ahead for technology user center in Bavaria

    TUM expanding hydrogen research

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is delighted that a Hydrogen Technology User Center (WTAZ) in Pfeffenhausen, near Landshut, has now been greenlighted. TUM will participate in the research and development work at the new Center as part of a Bavarian consortium. The decision in favor of this location was announced today by the Federal Ministry of Economics and the Bavarian state government.

    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    “We play ping pong with the tree”

    Interview with Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig on functional greenery in the urban environment

    More urban green helps to cool down cities. Baubotanik (bau = construction + botanik = botany) is a construction method that incorporates living trees into architectural structures. Specialists in this field at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) envision the use of trees to enhance the functions of the built environment. They use trees for structural purposes as supports for pavilions or balconies or in green facades to benefit the microclimate. In this interview Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig explains how digital tools can be used to integrate growth processes of plants into architectural designs.