The chair of Energy, Comfort and Health in Buildings investigates various aspects related to building and district planning. These include resource-saving use of energy as well as its generation and conversion, thermal comfort in the building and compliance with hygienic standards in residential as well as non-residential buildings up to the requirements of high-purity medical facilities.
The Department of Energy Process Engineering and Renewable Energy Conversion Technologies deals with energy conversion processes. The investigation of thermo-chemical conversion processes such as pyrolysis, gasification, liquefaction and combustion is a main focus of our work. Besides a variety of experimental approaches, process chains and energy systems are analyzed, modeled and evaluated both energetically and economically.
At the Chair of Heat Transfer and Heat Conversion, both fundamental and applied research is conducted in the areas of heat and mass transfer, non-conventional refrigeration (especially ejector systems and absorption chillers), as well as energy storage and heat recovery.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing society today. Tackling this challenge will require a complete reorganisation of the infrastructure necessary to satisfy our energy needs: electricity generators, storage, energy networks, heating supply, transport and industrial processes. Our group leverages cutting-edge research from a variety of disciplines to understand the most cost-effective pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy system. We also maintain the PyPSA open-source energy modelling ecosystem.
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Research at the Chair of Energy Engineering and Environmental Protection focuses on the design, analysis, evaluation and optimization of various energy conversion concepts and plants as well as of energy supply systems. The optimization is carried out with respect to cost, environmental impact and thermodynamic efficiency using both exergy-based methods and mathematical optimization methods.
The Chair of Energy Engineering and Environmental Protection offers the following courses for various bachelor and master programs: (Energy Engineering I and II, Power Plant Engineering, Design, Analysis and Optimization of Energy Conversion Plants and Computer Laboratory for Energy Engineering and Power Plant Engineering).
At the department, we work in an interdisciplinary manner on the topics Sustainable community energy in remote and humanitarian contexts, Community-based adaptation to climate change in remote and humanitarian contexts as well as Bottom-up community approaches, originating in local needs and requirements. Our teaching includes the courses Sustainable Energy in Remote and Displacement Settings as well as Adaptation to Climate Change.
The Institute for Digital Networking of Buildings, Energy Supply Systems and Users researches concepts and methods related to the digitalization of energy-related technologies. Our goal is to promote energy efficiency, increase user comfort and provide methods for better system integration.