Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Júnior Staudt recently took part in a technical roundtable discussion between TUM and the Center for Innovation, Research, and Hydro-environmental Technology (CITEC) at TUM’s main campus in Munich. CITEC is a Panama-based institution that carries out research and development projects with the aim of improving operations at the Panama Canal and contributing to the sustainability of the hydrographic basin. The meeting fostered an exchange of information on possible research collaborations between TUM and CITEC.

Participants of the meeting among representatives of TUM, the Panama Canal, and CITEC. Photo: Alicia de Mier/TUM

Dr. Staudt presented the concept and goals of the recently launched Synergy Fuels project, a collaboration among six TUM professorships funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMDV). The project’s focus on synergies between biomass and power-to-X is of particular importance to the Panama Canal, as this approach promises possibilities to produce highly efficient, climate-neutral fuels for ships that are difficult to electrify. The Laboratory of Process Engineering looks forward to future collaborations between TUM and CITEC, as well as the opportunity to apply the professorship’s research excellence worldwide.