Energy Systems Engineering
The efficient use of energy in order to conserve natural resources requires the analysis and optimization of energy conversion processes. It includes energy demand evaluation and reduction as well as the design and optimization of energy strategies for the business, industrial and communal sectors.
The research group Energy Systems Engineering focuses on the development of computer-aided methods for the analysis and optimization of energy systems and on the development of energybased and ecological evaluation techniques for industrial production processes. The aim is to achieve innovative and sustainable energy concepts. Additionally companies are advised during the implementation of specific energy efficiency measures.
Our research bases on the system-wide analysis of energy systems, e.g. the optimal integration of trigeneration (CCHP), and not primarily on considerations concerning specific technical units. In order to assist energy engineers and researchers in these kinds of tasks, the software TOP-Energy has been developed, which allows a universal energy anaylsis and is utilised in current research projects. Besides a user interface that enables graphical synthesizing of energy systems and the easy data acquisition and evaluation from process control systems, its core features are algorithms for numerical simulation and optimization of energy systems.