PEM Helps Shape New "GreenTech" Online Degree Program


The chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University is involved in a new online study program in the field of "green technology". The "Impact Degree" in "GreenTech" starts in November and was founded by the RWTH International Academy in cooperation with the "Tomorrow University of Applied Sciences" from Berlin. PEM contributes its own module "Foundations of E-Mobility" as well as the module "Battery Reuse, Repair, Recycling" in collaboration with "IME Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling" of RWTH Aachen University.


Green tech sector to grow 22 percent annually by 2030

With its four-month duration, the "Impact Degree" takes significantly less time than a bachelor's or master's degree and is aimed at learning specific content and skills. It can also be credited toward a master's degree at RWTH Aachen University. "More and more investors and entrepreneurs are focusing on startups that relate the technology theme to sustainability," says PEM Director Professor Achim Kampker: "That's one reason why the 'green tech' sector is forecast to grow by almost 22 percent a year until 2030." According to a study by the U.S. market research institute Allied Market Research, the global market for green technologies was worth more than ten billion U.S. dollars in 2020 and is expected to reach a volume of almost 75 billion dollars by 2030. The term "green technology" stands for developments in the field of climate-friendly production and links the environment, science, technology, and business.

Focus on solving key problems in electric mobility and circular economy

The online program of the "Impact Degree" is divided into two eight-week phases and is dedicated to the development of a solution – for example in the form of a prototype – for central problems in the field of the circular economy or electromobility in a total of eight courses. Participants will learn skills to create technology projects that can mitigate or, in the best case, reverse the impact of human activity on the environment.

The program will launch for the first time on November 22. The application period runs from late July through Oct. 31. More information is available online at