Systems Engineering - SYS -

The Systems Engineering group works at the interface between research and industry and deals with functional, energy-efficient, and sustainable energy solutions for buildings, neighbourhoods, municipalities, and the industry on a systemic level. Their work covers the conduct of feasibility studies and conceptual design, scientific support in planning and construction, as well as operational optimisation and evaluation.

The main work focuses are:

  • Innovative and renewable energy and utility concepts for municipalities and industries
  • Energy-efficient, sustainable district solutions
  • Innovative buildings (construction and renovation)
  • Monitoring of plants and buildings (analysis, operational optimisation, success monitoring)
  • System analysis and simulation
  • Energy centres using deep geothermal energy and biomass
  • Quality assurance of geothermal probes and thermal storages
  • Scientific advice and support during all project phases
  • Support and evaluation regarding municipal and national goals for climate protection

Head of Group:
Dr. Jens M. Kuckelkorn
Walther-Meißner-Str. 6
85748 Garching
Tel.: +49 89 329442-17
Fax: +49 89 329442-12

Deputy Head of Group:
Jakob Schweiger M.Sc.
Walther-Meißner-Str. 6
85748 Garching
Tel.: +49 89 329442-82
Fax: +49 89 329442-12

Services & Equipment


  • Feasibility studies for energy system solutions
  • Development of efficient, innovative, and sustainable energy concepts for buildings, districts, and municipalities
  • Scientific advice and support for building projects at all stages, from conceptualisation to quality assurance during the planning and construction phases
  • Preparation and implementation of monitoring concepts for evaluation and operational optimisation after commissioning
  • Simulation of energy supply systems, buildings, and energy centres
  • Design of innovative components
  • District heat network simulations, e.g. to evaluate network dimensioning and investigate expansion scenarios
  • Data analyses for evaluating the functionality and optimisation potential of energy systems, from component to system level
  • Support in scenario development and medium- to long-term planning of energy supply systems
  • Development of software
  • Development and support of energy management systems


  • Software for the dynamic simulation of buildings and plants (TRNSYS) as well as in-house developed software and add-ons.
  • System simulations using, among others, Dymola, Simulink, Matlab
  • Monitoring software for large data volumes
  • Benchmarking solutions
  • Simulation of district heat networks (STANET) and geographic information systems
  • Groundwater flow models (FeFlow)
  • Engineering software, e.g. EES
  • Mobile measuring devices for on-site assessment of room comfort, plant and building technology: thermal imaging cameras, room climate sensors, CO2 sensors, lux meters, heat and cold meters, electricity meters, data loggers
  • Triaxial cell test rigs for measuring the hydraulic conductivity of geothermal probes
  • Testing rig for measurement of district heating transfer stations, residential transfer stations, and fresh water stations
  • Testing rig for measuring the thermal conductivity of building materials
  • Particulate matter measurement and exhaust gas analysis
  • Hot gas/thermal oil test heat exchanger


Scientific and Technical Support for the Bavarian State Government's 10,000 Houses Programme

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The 10,000 Houses Programme is intended to support building owners during construction and refurbishment in taking into account future energetic requirements and in meeting the remaining energy demand in an environmentally responsible manner while supporting the energy system. ZAE Bayern has been commissioned to technically and scientifically support the conceptualisation and implementation of the funding programme. Project work is carried out in close cooperation with the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs. ZAE's tasks include technical support in the development of new, sensible funding modules as well as, in the amendment of present funding regulations, the ongoing management of the programme, but also the evaluation of funding eligibility for new and so far hardly applied technologies in the fields of heating systems, storage technologies, or renewable energies. This particularly concerns questions on innovative technologies still in development.

Head of Project: Dr Jens M. Kuckelkorn,

Scientific Support for Municipal Heat Supplies Using Deep Geothermal Energy

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ZAE Bayern has been entrusted with the scientific and technical support of various projects in municipal district heating via deep geothermal energy. Tasks range from feasibility studies and conceptualisation during the planning phase to the evaluation of ongoing plant operation, proposals for optimisation, as well as the implementation of concrete optimisation measures and evaluation of their success. The spectrum ranges from the analysis and evaluation of components to overall projects and systems aiming to implement an efficient ecological and economic overall concept. This includes support in medium- to long-term project planning or the technical comparison of variants for a future expansion of energy centres or district heating networks. The tools employed include application-specific calculation software.

Head of Project: Dr Jens M. Kuckelkorn,

ReWaMem - Recycling of Laundry Sewage for Reuse via Ceramic Nanofiltration

Project ReWaMem is a collaboration with project partners such as Kompetenznetzwerk Wasser und Energie (coordination) and Fraunhofer IKTS. The objective of the BMBF-funded project (funding code 02WV1568F) is to reduce the fresh water demand of laundries through the targeted treatment and reuse of sewage. The project is exemplarily implemented in a laundry near Coburg. The treatment problem is to be solved by ceramic membrane carriers and membranes in multi-channel pipe geometries to be developed or, as an alternative development, with rotating disk filters, each with a nanofiltration coating. Based on the starting points found for saving energy and water, ZAE Bayern is further developing a tool that will allow textile laundries to take a more specific look at their process chains to be able to identify the potential for sewage reuse within their company. Within ZAE's work package, benchmarks for laundering processes, particularly regarding energy and resource requirements, are to be developed and made available as a web-based tool.

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Head of Project: Andreas Bayer,
Project Duration: 03/2017–05/2021

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We conduct applied research at the interface between basic science and industrial application. Our methods and systems aim to achieve CO2 neutrality and thereby counteract climate change through the intelligent and efficient use of renewable energies.

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