On 7-8 of June, 2018 ASU Communication and Technology Transfer Center innovation and technology transfer specialist Egidijus Kasiulis visited SJE Ecohydraulics Engineering GmbH company in Stuttgart, Germany and met its director Dr. Ing. Matthias Schneider. SJE Ecohydraulics Engineering GmbH is a spin-off company founded by former scientists from Stuttgart University. It is unique small (currently having three employs) company, which main income comes from applied scientific studies. Company participates in scientific projects and additionally provides expert services for private and public sector.
Spin-off company was founded by scientists with the reason to further develop their product – CASiMiR software, which is primarily used to investigate water management problems with a strong focus on hydropower and its impact on water ecosystems. The product quickly became well-known, and over 17 years SJE Ecohydraulics Engineering GmbH has established itself as an expert in its field. Currently, the company participates in the H2020 project „FIThydro“ and annually conducts approximately ten expert studies in Germany and other countries, among which there are also studies ordered by hydropower plants’ owners who need to extend their existing hydroelectric power generation licenses and meet strict environmental requirements.
During the visit Egidijus Kasiulis not only got acquainted with the operation principles of spin-off companies in Germany but also participated in the introduction course for the habitat simulation model CASiMiR and learnt how this software can be used to study the impact of hydropeaking on water ecosystems.