Gregor Luthe: Der einstige Stotterer und Sonderschüler ist heute Forscher, der lieber in Gronau arbeitet, als in Berkeley oder auf Hawaii Professor zu sein. Foto: Jürgen Peperhowe

Gronau - Im Wintergarten seines Büros steht ein Kinderbett, gebaut wie ein Wikingerschiff – inklusive rot-weißem Segel, Steuerrad und Pferdekopf. Selbst gebaut. Im Büro glänzt ein Mahagonitisch, dunkelbraun und so lang, dass er für 20 Personen reichen würde. Selbst restauriert. Vorm Büro zweigt ein Labor ab, in dem zwei Wissenschaftler mit Glaskolben und Rührmaschinen hantieren. Selbst finanziert. Gregor Luthe war mit Sicherheit eines dieser Kinder, deren erstes Wort „selber“ heißt.

students at a webinar © National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold the next in its series of free webinars for the K–12 community to share approaches and best practices for teaching nano and emerging technologies on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 7-8 PM EDT.

Since 2001 in operation: Solar-powered, open, desiccant and evaporative cooling (DEC) of seminar rooms at the Southern Upper Rhine IHK, Freiburg.  © Fraunhofer ISE

The cooling demand in buildings is particularly high when the sun shines intensely. Consequently, with solar air conditioning the heating demand and supply are usually consistent with each other. Closed chillers and open sorption methods for direct air conditioning ensure a comfortable indoor climate. The recently published BINE Themeninfo brochure entitled "Cooling with solar heat" presents concepts and technologies for air conditioning buildings.

From Monday 29 August to Wednesday 31 August, the 1st “International Conference on Energy Geotechnics” will be held at Kiel University. Around 150 experts from over 26 countries are expected to participate and exchange opinions on geotechnical issues related with the energy transition. The conference is organised by Professor Frank Wuttke’s working group from the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University. Specialist audience and interested members of the public can register for the conference online until 30 August 2016.