SP 1 - CUBES Circle

Subproject 1


CUBES Circle

CUBES Circle (SP1) represents the overall vision of the research project. The subproject investigates the project from a holistic perspective while considering the individual innovations as well as their interplay within the CUBES Circle. In terms of sustainability and outputs, attention is not focused on single CUBES, but rather on the CUBES Circle as a whole.

The first objective is the definition of product quality and the identification of indicators (e.g. nutritional values) determining quality. At the same time, sustainability represents the main principle and its interplay with product quality will be investigated. In order to evaluate the eco-efficiency of the production system up front, a novel approach will be pursued that integrates life-cycle-based assessment and scenario development. This enables the generation of a database for material and energy flows right at the beginning of the project. Which, in turn, enables early evaluation and steering possibilities during the development process. For a holistic system evaluation, SP1 defines application scenarios for the production system, which enable a manifold evaluation of the concept.

The CUBES Circle is at the center of the project and is conducted in co-operation of the Division Urban Plant Ecophysiology at HU Berlin and the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), TU Braunschweig. The team is pursuing a systemic approach to the integrated design of products and processes in accordance with the requirements of sustainable development (technical, economic and ecological).


Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Ulrichs is head of the consortium and contact person for all members of CUBES Circle. He also is responsible for the integration of the scientific committee into the project. He communicates with PtJ and the BMBF. Christian is also a member of the Future Agricultural Systems Coordinating Group. He is happy to answer press inquiries..

Contact: christian.ulrichs(at)hu-berlin.de


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann

Contact: c.herrmann(at)tu-braunschweig.de


Juan Felipe Cerdas, M.Sc.

Contact: juan.cerdas-marin(at)tu-braunschweig.de


Britta Buchholz (M.Sc.) is a research assistant at the professorship for Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering at the TU Braunschweig. There she deals with the life cycle analysis of production processes.
In the CUBES Circle project, her focus is on sustainability assessment, too. With the help of data from the other subprojects, she will evaluate the system from an ecological and economic perspective. She will also explore alternative scenarios using modified data sets.

Contact: britta.buchholz(at)tu-braunschweig.de

Other employees (cooperating or former): Lennart Büth