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Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems

Heat generation accounts for about half of the final energy demand in the European Union. This sector therefore plays an essential role in reaching national and international climate goals, accompanied by the decarbonisation of the energy system. In order to be able to leave fossil energy sources behind in the near future, the energy transition will have to be based on a shift in the heating sector as well as a combination of different energy sectors (hybridisation).

The department Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems “(TEHS)” focusses its research and development activities on sustainable technologies/processes (Verfahren) for heating, cooling and electric energy. Our work is centered on individual technologies and components as well as on the development of overarching solutions on the level of buildings, neighborhoods, districts and cities.

TEHS is a competent partner for research, development and innovation for national as well as international technology and system providers in energy and construction (especially HVAC). Furthermore, TEHS is a partner for utilities as well as the relevant departments of the municipal administration for the research and development of urban energy systems on the communal level.

Depending on the type of task, different methodological approaches are applied, e.g. dynamic plant and system simulations (TRNSYS, Dymola, Matlab/Simulink amongst others), geographical information systems, co-simulations, characterisation of storage materials, component and system testing, HIL tests (hardware in the loop), inSitu monitoring, etc.


Main Topics

Development, simulation and optimisation of energy conversion plants
Development of integral utilities and systems in combination with building parts (roofs, facade, foundations, ceilings, etc.)
Heat storage technologies (building component, water and compact heat storage) in order to make energy systems more flexible
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Energy supply concepts (heating, cooling, electricity) for new constructions as well as existing buildings (residential and office buildings, special constructions)
Simulation and optimization of grid-tied infrastructure (heating, cooling, electricity) as well as hybridisation
Concept development and simulation of municipal and urban energy systems