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Research projects overview

Research projects are a central pillar alongside teaching at the university. Research ensures that teaching is always brought up to date. As a university of applied sciences, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences places particular emphasis on practice-oriented research. This is best achieved in cooperation with industry and ensures that both benefit from the new findings.


Systematic identification and naming of possible 100 MW electrolyser sites in the Bremerhaven urban area. In addition to the structural transmission capacity of the electrical distribution and transmission networks, the local application of hydrogen was also included in the site selection.


The overall objective of the project was the substitution of mineral oil-based lubricant additives with microalgae-based compounds. The project aimed at identifying ingredients from microalgae, and further on proofing and demonstrating their potential for the use as lubricant additives in machining applications.


Microalgae as a biocatalyst for waste gas from tile production in Bremerhaven and development of a gentle drying process for the algae biomass using waste heat.

Aptamer-based flow cytometer analysis for the detection of Legionella in drinking and process water


Aptamer-based flow cytometer analysis for the detection of Legionella in drinking and process water - This project aims to develop a rapid detection system for bacterial analysis in drinking and process water. The detection methodology to be developed represents a combination of enrichment and binding using nucleic acid-based reagents (aptamers) and fluorescence optical detection using flow cytometry. Translated with (free version)


How to solve one of the most important challenges of the 21st century, by meeting the world's demand for sustainably produced biomass, for food, biochemicals or active ingredients for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals? One answer is to integrate aquaponic fish farms, salt tolerant Salicornia plants and an innovative biorefinery

Bremen Logistics Transfer and Innovation Culture.


The logistics sector is one of the most important drivers of Bremen's economy. The BreLogIK project aims to exploit previously untapped innovation potential in close cooperation between Bremen science and the logistics industry.

Development of a balast water hygienization system for ships


Development of a gel stick for on-site control of the biological safety of the hygienized ballast water before discharge. Development of a new, time-efficient concentration method for bacteria for subsequent analysis by PCR.

Development of a quorum sensing based on-site detection system for the detection of L. monocytogenes in matrix milk.


Development of the biochemical coupling procedures for antibody immobilization as well as QS bacteria on the innovative lateral flow designed for 25 ml. Determination of the optimal reaction conditions for the detection of 1 CFU L. monocytogenes.


The production of the next generation of biofuels from biomass residues is the goal of this collaborative project with 13 partners from 4 EU countries. It focuses on jet-fuels for aviation and bunker oil for marine vessels. Various conversion processes are under investigation.

Good practice operation wind power


Analysis and elaboration of optimization potential and synergies between operational management, service and insurance of a wind farm.

Green gas for Bremerhaven

For the long-term success of the energy transition, with the goal of a 100 percent sustainable energy supply using renewable energies, we need alternatives to fossil fuels. However, energy sources such as the sun and wind are not available in equal quantities every day - an energy supply that relies increasingly on renewable energies needs a storage medium to balance out natural fluctuations and maintain surpluses: Hydrogen as a molecular energy storage medium, which is converted back into energy through combustion, plays a key role in this as a versatile energy carrier in the course of the energy transition and is suitable for decentralized, i.e. distributed, generation, storage and use. On the application side, the technical possibilities for hydrogen are basically available, but must be adapted to the individual requirements of the sectors and tested in order to achieve marketability and competitiveness.


Wasserstoff – grünes Gas für Bremerhaven Teilvorhaben Microgrid

Development of a sector-coupled energy generation unit that serves to provide electrical energy, heat and hydrogen. The hydrogen is generated within the microgrid itself, stored and converted back into electricity if required.


The aim of H2BPMM is to develop the necessary infrastructure for the H2-drive technology through a standardized description of the processes in the form of models and to make the processes more transparent. A exemplary process is the approval of stationary and mobile H2 filling stations.


H2Cool is researching how H2- and fuel cell technology can be used in temperature-controlled logistics. The aim is to develop a technical, ecological, economic, legal and safety-relevant concepts for H2 technology in temperature-controlled transport and to prepare the prototypical implementation of an H2 refrigerated trailer.

Hydrogen - Fischereihafen

Within the commissioned study, the extent to which CO2 emissions can be reduced in the fishing port and neighboring areas through measures for the production, storage, distribution and use of green hydrogen was investigated. The focus was on the application fields of mobility, logistics, industry and heat.

Industrial-scale process optimization for the production of a sustainable packaging solution from macroalgae for the food retail industry.

Mak-Pak Scale-Up

The goal of the Mak-Pak Scale-Up project is to optimize the process for producing an innovative, sustainable, disposable and ideally edible packaging solution from macroalgae for industrial implementation.

IWAS - Lune Delta

Design of cellular microgrids for the green, self-sufficient energy supply of the green Lune Delta industrial park. Here, a microgrid storage solution based on an integral storage system portfolio consisting of hydrogen, battery, supercapacitor systems and drainage storage systems in the Lune Delta is investigated in detail.


The Transfer Centre for Artificial Intelligence BREMEN.AI supports companies in the introduction of AI technologies and is committed to the coalescence of Bremen's AI scene. As one of the cooperation partners, the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven contributes to the networking of local players, among other things.

Kirkendall porosity in diffusion couples

The phenomenon of Kirkendall porosity is of great interest because it causes serious damage in joints of different materials. The individual pores can take a wide variety of morphologies. The underlying mechanisms shall be clarified using in situ 3D µ-XCT and physically understood by simulation.


The aim of the KuPoB project is the conceptual design of the conversion of a police vehicle to a fuel cell vehicle under taking into account the multifunctional operational requirements. Furthermore the operating and investment costs and the savings potential of resources, energy and emissions are examined.

Monitoring of slowly rotating components in wind turbines with a rotating sensor


The timely detection of damage to critical components and thus the reduction of failures in the energy supply by wind turbines (WT) is the primary goal in this project. Furthermore, a better secured evaluation of the drive train of a WT with regard to the further operation possibilities beyond the usual 20 years can be performed.


Multiple Stressors on North Sea Life

The sub-project of the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven "Fisheries in transition" analyses the spatio-temporal distribution of fishing effort in the German Bight with the help of high-resolution satellite data in order to derive the pressures on the seabed and identify so-called "hot-spots" of change.


The core object of the NaCl project is the development and piloted application of an novel, socially, ecologically and economically sustainable last mile logistics system based on a crowd approach, in which studentical drivers are allocated on-demand to transport orders during peak loads with electric bicycles.

Optimization and validation of a fermented egg white product


The aim of the project is to optimize the production of a fermented egg white product with a novel sensory character including ensuring textural and microbiological stability as well as up-scaling of the fermentation process.


The aim of the project is to prevent disturbances of offshore wind farms. On the basis of need assessment, weak points were identified and technical and organizational preventive and countermeasures were established. The developed solutions were validated with research and business partners.


The overall aim of PEGASUS is to combat organized smuggling of migrants by the analysis of mass data. Machine learning is used to identify criminal networks. The HSBHV is in charge of the criminological investigation and analyzes, among other things, the modus operandi and organization of smugglers.


The EU funded project investigated current practice in the prevention of violent radicalization in an European comparison and developed measures, instruments and recommendations to optimize prevention work. The usefulness and impact of the instrument will be investigated in the coming years.

Quality-oriented production control and optimization in the delicatessen industry

Manufaktur 4.0

The goal is to optimize delicatessen food production by improving quality-oriented production control using innovative digitization approaches (digital twin, AI), which leads to environmentally friendly effects (reduction of production waste, energy use).


The project will develop 2 innovative, sequential PCR systems that have integrated key questions in the analysis that are not answered by current SARS-CoV-2 analyses.


The main subject of the R3 project is the conception and software-technical design of a regional retail platform for the Northwest Metropolitan Region. The goal is to strengthen the competitiveness of the regional retail trade and the regional cooperation of retailers and logistics service providers.


The producers of organic products in the food segment need a strategy on how to deal with the issue of reformulation of product recipes (lowering the content of sugar, trans fats, fat content and salt). ReformBIO deals with a strategy for reformulation of finished products. The focus here is on sugar reduction. Consumer expectations of the health value of organic foods are identified, high-quality biocompatible and sensorially attractive optimization concepts are developed, and consumer-friendly labeling options are discussed.


The objective of SeraAZel is the extraction of additives from red microalgae for serum-free cell culture. Algae fractions obtained are evaluated for mammalian cell cultures and bioactive fractions are further characterized and identified and will lead to the formulation of a serum free cell culture medium.


The substitution of high priced ingredients by low priced ingredients is a problem that can be observed in the food industry ("horse meat"). This issue is gaining importance because retail standards (e.g. IFS, BRC) have formulated high requirements for authenticity control. In Germany, around 70,000 t of mechanically separated meat are processed annually. The use of mechanically separated meat from chicken and pigs is subject to declaration, but in contrast to mechanically separated meat from beef, sheep and goat, it is generally permitted. Translated with (free version)


The aim of the sH2unter@ports project is to create a concept for the smooth and operational integration of H2-powered shunting locomotives in the overseas ports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg. In a follow-up project, this serves as the basis for the prototype development of the locomotive by Alstom.

Software Testing

Since 2011, the survey "Software Testing in Practice and Research" has been conducted repeatedly in cooperation with the universities of Bremerhaven, Cologne and Bremen and the German, Austrian and Swiss Testing Boards. Thus, more than 10 years of data are available, which provide insights into trends and challenges around the quality assurance of software in the German-speaking region.

Sustainable packaging solutions from macroalgae for the food trade


The goal of the Mak-Pak project is to develop a sustainably produced, disposable and edible packaging solution as a presentation form for food in the out-of-home consumption and snack segment.

Transmitter and receiver optics, analog electronic signal conditioning,digital signal processing, merging of subsystems, project coordination


Development of an interferometric basic module for one-dimensional wind measurement for the control of wind turbines


Here, an anaerobic membrane bioreactor is used, which makes it possible to use 90% of the organic materials for biogas production instead of converting them directly into CO2 and sewage sludge as in the past. With natural zeolite mineral, ammonium is completely removed and can be converted into fertilizer.


A geo-information system is being developed that will use Artificial Intelligence to predict the chances of success for wind energy projects. A consortium of industry and science is working closely together on the "WindGISKI" research project, involving various disciplines from computer science to social science.


The goal of the joint WSL project was to establish a Living Lab in Bremerhaven. The Living Lab was to promote social and economic developments in all facets of the regional agricultural and food system, thus creating sustainable and regional food production and supply.