Model Factory

The model factory is seen as the heart of InnoCamp. The Model Factory offers several laboratories and experimental surfaces. Here it is possible to research processes, methods and products under real circumstances, keeping in mind efficiency in energy and resources as well as sustainability.

In the center of the activities are mutual research- and development projects of the University of Applied Sciences in Sigmaringen together with local companies.

The three key areas of the model factory::
> Resource efficiency within energy-production, - distribution and -usage
> Sustainable development and production of food
> Innovative products and processes in the area of health and biomedical sciences

RES – Living Lab Energy Transition of a City District

Our research focuses on how to implement a renewable energy production in the InnoCamp city district that will react flexibly to changing energy demand levels (smart grid).

In the first step, the energy demand of the InnoCamp district and university facilities shall be covered. In step two, further companies located on the grounds of the former military site (Graf-Stauffenberg-Kaserne) shall be included in this concept.

Long-term objective is the realization of an energy self-sufficient district on the grounds of the former military site that will be powered by renewable energy. For achieving this goal we are planning to generate power and heat via wind power, photovoltaics and solar thermal technologies and to optimize energy management in buildings and facilities using Industry 4.0.

Opportunities for cooperation

Apart from the close cooperation with the municipality of Sigmaringen we want to cooperate with interested companies in the field of research, commissioned projects and consulting services.

Advantages for external partners

  • Possibility of testing technologies under genuine operating conditions
  • Support in implementing energy-efficient processes and renewable energy supply
  • Testing of energy-orientated approaches in an Industry 4.0 context
  • Realization of local energy autonomy targets for the town of Sigmaringen


Prof. Dr. Lutz Sommer
Dean of Studies Business
Administration and Engineering
Albstadt-Sigmaringen University
Phone: +49 7571 732 9531

ZEN – Center for energy and sustainability management

The center for energy and sustainability management focuses on economic issues as well as process and product innovations along the energy supply chain.
The key elements of the research and transfer efforts are the design of new products, the development of new business models for the energy sector as well as a strategic and resource efficient energy supply for companies.

Ways of cooperation

In its role as a research and transfer center, ZEN accepts project orders and offers consulting services relating to energy sector issues. The target group includes both energy providers and industrial energy consumers.

Advantages for external partners

  • Economic analysis in the area of energy and sustainability issues
  • Management of process and product innovations along the energy supply chain
  • Consulting services for the energy sector


Prof. Dr. Jessica Rövekamp
Energy economics and technologies
Faculty of Business Science & Management
Phone: +49 7571 / 732-8321

Sustainable construction and operation of buildings and factories

The project supports the individual projects of the InnoCamp Sigmaringen, so their rooms become efficient in energy and resources. The ideal usage of the building is being supported by a management of implementation, area and energy as well as automation of buildings and process optimization. The hereby gained experiences are used for comparable industrial projects.

Possibilities of cooperation

Besides demonstration of realized examples, remittance works are being taken as well as trainings and counselling are offered. Target groups are companies of technical building services, of software development, specialized planners as well as internal and external facility managers.

Advantages for external partners

  • Methods and application of life cycle observation of constructional methods
  • Demonstration of energetic optimized restoration, of management of implementation as well as energy management and innovative tools and simulation processes (BIM, BAM, BOOM)
  • Trainings for planning of location and layout as well as optimization of logistics and production processes
  • Availability of a laboratory for facility automation, measurement and visualization of energy uses etc.


Prof. Dr. Markus Lehmann
Studiendekan Facility Management
Tel: +49 75 71 / 732 - 82 74

Test-kitchen and sensory lab

This multifunctional kitchen area with household and commercial kitchen appliances and a connected sensory lab is available for experimental purposes and appliance tests, facilitating product innovations, product development and performance analyses. In focus are projects, basic studies as well as product tests and demonstrations for energy- or resource-efficient household appliances, new food processing technologies and research on food loss in the processing- or supply-chain.

Ways of cooperation

Companies from the areas of food production and appliance technology can give commission for developing new products, for testing new processing procedures with respect to energy- and resource-efficiency; consumer organizations and training institutions are invited to keep updated on state of the art by “on-the-product-training” sessions.

Additionally, the facilities can be booked for events, product presentations, etc.

Advantages for external partners

  • Consumer training and comparative product-tests (by companies or in cooperation with consumer organizations, etc.)
  • Extensive processing facilities for product development and product piloting
  • Simulation of operation conditions, impact of misusage of processing equipment and processing steps
  • Test-kitchen product presentations, food/product photo-sessions, product training and cooking events
  • Comparative product-tests by food- or appliance- manufacturers
  • User- and consumer-test projects
  • Expert and consumer sensory analysis and evaluations of food and consumer goods in the sensory lab area


Prof. Dr. Gertrud Winkler
Dean of study programme food, nutrition, hygiene
Phone: +49 7571 / 732-8239

Production unit for sustainable food processing

n this production unit, food is being processed by using innovative technical procedures. The focus lies on: selection of the raw materials, design of the products, technical implementation of the production processes, and design of storage conditions and distribution channels.

Starting with a new product idea, the complete product development process will be followed through including sensory acceptance and shelf life tests. In modern pilot facilities the technical implementation can be tested and optimized with respect to efficient usage of energy and resources.

Ways of cooperation

Within cooperation projects, companies from the food sector can determine what food shall be processed and which processes shall be optimized. Future production and distribution will then be done by the partners and in the project partner’s own facilities.

Advantages for external partners

  • Feasibility tests of new product ideas from the area of food production
  • Products meet all legal requirements and can directly be used as samples for the market launch
  • Provision of process description and processing data for a sustainable process and product design


Prof. Dr. Christian Gerhards
Dean of studies Facility and Process Design
Phone: +49 7571 / 732-8296

ZHBMS – Center of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Topics like health, nutrition and aging are the key research areas of this new center of health and biomedical sciences at InnoCAMP in Sigmaringen. In this modern research center, applied research activities will be surrounded by training possibilities for and with external partner companies. Years of expertise of the University of Applied Sciences in Sigmaringen and the specialized Institute for in-vitro-tests (InViTe) will be brought together and concentrated here.

Five research areas form the technological and scientific core idea of the ZHBMS

  • Cell- and stem cell-based testing systems
  • Microbiological examination
  • Nucleic acid- and protein-based assay systems
  • Protein analysis and biophysical analytical procedures
  • Pharmaceutical analysis and food analysis

Cooperation options and partnerships

We invite companies in the pharmaceutical industry, diagnostics, cosmetic-, food-, and biotechnology sector to discuss joint and third-party funded projects with us. The ZHBMS offers numerous ways to realize these joint projects in a modern environment. The ZHBMS can also accept commission projects from external companies and offer training services in state-of-the-art techniques.

Advantages for external partners

  • Scientific support for new product developments
  • Accompanying research for optimization of production processes
  • Complete product testing
  • Independent assessment of products and ingredients
  • Assay development and improvement
  • Training services within the technological focus of the ZHBMS (e.g. cell- and stem cell- cultivation, corresponding analytical methods, equipment- and product-presentation of companies for their customers)


Prof. Dr. Thole Züchner
Professor for Bioanalytics and Laboratory automation
Phone: +49 7571 / 732-8580