Project partners - Universities
Fachhochschule Esslingen, Hochschule für Technik (Germany)
The University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen is one of the oldest engineering schools in Germany. It was founded under the name of ‘State School of Engineering Esslingen‘ in 1914 and became the ‘University of Applied Sciences Esslingen’ (FHTE) in 1971. Almost 4,300 students are enrolled in nine different departments offering a total of 17 degree programs. In addition, there are three Masters programs taught in English as well as a cooperative study program.
The FHTE achieves consistently high standings in different university rankings, mirroring its reputation and the quality of the scientific training offered. It was named the number one German University of Applied Sciences in 1996 by “Manager Magazine” – a leading German business publication. The departments of Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Industrial Management and Building Services gained either first place or second place in German rankings of their respective departments throughout the last years.
As a vibrant university, the FHTE must respond quickly to the changing requirements of industry and the economy, so the university maintains ties with an extensive network of important companies such as Robert Bosch GmbH, DaimlerChrysler AG, Porsche AG and Ballard Power Systems AG.
The newly founded Institute for fuel cell technology of the University of Applied Sciences Esslingen is provided with a broad spectrum of scientific basic laboratory equipments, test applications and laboratory vehicles. Due to the interdisciplinary co-operation between scientific competence in the operation while experimenting on fuel cell stores, storage equipments and the know how in the automotive sector, a good synergy of competence in thermodynamics and constructive engineering as well as a long experience in the development in the automotive sector is combined.