Regional innovation strategy for Aachen University
When coal mines are closing in the Rhenisch area in Germany, eyes are turned to the Arctic Circle and the business development company LTU Business. “Northern Sweden is an excellent example where research and business cooperate successfully in this type of change,” says Aarti-Mona Sörensen at the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) at RWTH Aachen University.
The region is facing fundamental economic changes over the next two decades in connection with the decommissioning of lignite-based power production and thus lignite production.
“Lignite production and power production play a significant role in the region’s economy. Many SMEs as well as individual employees depend on it. We are now facing the challenge of carrying out a major structural transformation and given Sweden’s experience from this type of project, where research,business and the local communities are collaborating successfully for many years, it feels good to now get help from LTU Business, ”says Aarti-Mona Sörensen, scientific research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies at RWTH Aachen University and project coordinator.
“LTU Business has extensive experience in evaluating innovation potential, conducting thorough regional analyses and innovation strategies that create growth, which is valuable to us in the Rhenish area.” – Arti-Mona Sörensen, Aachen University
Mine ReWir is coordinated by RWTH Aachen University, with the goal to build on the region’s know-how and human resources within mining through creating an innovation network connecting businesses and local government. The first phase of the Mine ReWIR project will begin in September 2020 and end in May 2021, with a potential extension to 2024