The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has achieved two separate victories for central research fields in Hightech Agenda Bavaria’s competitive support program "Excellence Alliances and University Partnerships ("Exzellenzverbünde und Universitätskooperationen", or E-VUK). One success relates to the production, storage and efficient use of green hydrogen for the mobility of tomorrow, the other to the sustainable production of plant-based protein sources.
TUM will intensify its respective partnerships with Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in the area of hydrogen and with the University of Regensburg (UR) in the area of agricultural production. With the support of the E-VUK (Excellence Alliances and University Partnerships) program, TUM will concentrate its hydrogen research activities in particular on Electrochemistry, Chemical Process Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. This focus will be complemented by an FAU expansion in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, System Technologies and Management Sciences.
The agricultural science support for the joint TUM and UR project focuses on the connection between soil quality and the quality of foodstuffs, primarily for agricultural crops such as corn and barley. The shared objective is to use new scientific research to optimize sustainable production of plant-based protein sources in order to satisfy rising demands.
The successful acquisition of E-VUK support from the Bavarian State government will help form a sturdy foundation for submitting new Excellence Cluster applications starting in 2025. TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann said: "We submitted two proposals for funding in future-oriented fields. Both involved strong partners, and both proposals successfully won out over the competition: This fantastic success once again shows that major topics of the future such as sustainable mobility and reliable global nutrition can only be approached effectively by alliances of robust partners."