Services

Sector Coupling

  • Concept Development
    • Design of energy concepts using renewable energies and (seasonal) storage of heat and electricity
    • Plausibility checking, management, and visualisation of large data volumes and time series

  • Power-to-Heat
    • Economic viability studies
    • Non-invasive evaluation of photovoltaic systems for PtH applications

  • Power-to-X
    • Performance optimisation for electrolysis processes
    • Economic viability studies

Storage Technology

  • Electrical Energy Storage
    • Development of cell components for redox flow batteries
    • Continued development of cell design
    • Electrochemical characterisation
    • Techno-economic modelling of storage systems

  • Thermal Energy Storage
    • Consulting and studies on the use of heat and cold storage in automotive, building applications, industrial processes, household appliances, etc.
    • Development of insulation materials

      • Sensible Heat Storages
        • Conception, design, prototyping, and system integration
        • Development of large sensible heat storages

      • Latent Heat Storages
        • Simulation of latent heat storage systems
        • Calorimetric assessment of the heat storage capacity of phase change materials (e.g. salt hydrates, paraffins) for temperatures ranging from -80 to 1,500 °C
        • Determination of the thermal cycle stability of phase change materials for temperatures ranging from -40 to 200 °C
        • Measuring of heat exchangers for latent heat storage or in latent heat storage systems
        • Examination of crystal structures and measurement of crystallisation rates

      • Thermochemical Storages
        • Simulation of sorptive storages
        • Determination of temperature and dew point breakdown curves for packed beds of solid sorbents (e.g. zeolites, silica gels, MOFs)
        • Determination of the water absorption capacity of solid sorbents (characteristic curve) for temperatures ranging from 30 to 350 °C at 20 to 70 °C dew point temperature
        • Investigation of the thermal and hydrothermal cycle stability of solid sorbents

  • Chemical Energy Storage

      • Hydrogen/Electrolysis
        • Analysis and optimisation of PEM electrolysis methods
        • Development of cell components (e.g. electrode materials, membrane-electrode units)
        • Catalyst screening, analysis of single cells and stacks (up to industrial scale)
        • Investigation of ageing mechanisms

Systems Engineering

  • Municipal Energy Supply/Buildings and Quarters
    • Development of efficient, innovative, and sustainable concepts for energy supply and climate protection in municipalities
    • Development of efficient, innovative, and sustainable energy concepts for buildings, quarters, and industrial sites
    • Scientific consulting and support throughout all project phases, from conception to quality assurance in the planning and construction phases
    • Simulation of central energy stations
    • Simulation of district heating networks, e.g. for evaluation of network dimensioning and analysis of expansion scenarios
    • Design and integration of innovative components
    • Design and implementation of monitoring concepts for evaluation and operational optimisation after commissioning
    • Economic and ecological evaluation
    • Development and support of energy management systems
    • Supervision of audits
    • Software development
    • Simulation of electrical distribution grids
    • Forecasting of electricity generators and consumers
    • Modelling of smart grid components (e.g. converters, batteries)

  • Industry/Processes
    • Scientific consulting and support throughout all project phases, from conception to quality assurance in the planning and construction phases
    • Design and integration of innovative components
    • Design and implementation of monitoring concepts for evaluation and operational optimisation after commissioning
    • Software development

  • System Analysis/Scenarios
    • Feasibility studies for energy system solutions
    • Analysis of metrological data to evaluate the functionality and potential for optimisation of energy systems, from component to overall system level
    • Simulation of energy supply systems and central energy stations
    • Support in the development of scenarios and medium- to long-term planning of energy supply systems

Heat Provision

  • Solar Thermal Energy
    • Development of components for solar thermal energy systems (solar panels, PVT collectors, heat storages, low-temperature heating systems, etc.)
    • Optimisation of solar thermal systems

  • Geothermal Energy
    • Analysis and integration of deep geothermal energy in central energy stations
    • Use of shallow geothermal energy, systems integration, and systems simulation for heat and cold provision as well as thermal storage
    • Environmental impact analysis for geothermal use of the subsoil
    • Development and optimisation of components

  • Heat Provision for Buildings
    • Integration of renewable energy from district heating, shallow geothermal systems, biomass, waste heat, and solar provison
    • Development of components for thermal energy systems (heat transfer stations, heat storages, low-temperature heating systems, etc.)
    • Execution of independent component tests
    • Planning support and metrological monitoring for demonstration projects
    • Execution of thermal response tests for geothermal probes
    • Verification of thermal response test equipment
    • Dynamic simulations (e.g. TRNSYS, Dymola, Polysun, ANSYS)
    • Economic viability studies

  • Heat Provision for Industrial Processes
    • Integration of renewable energy from district heating, shallow geothermal systems, biomass, waste heat, and solar provison
    • Development of components for process heat provision (e.g. high temperature thermal insulation)
    • Manufacturer-independent component testing (e.g. thermal conductivity of insulation materials)
    • Planning support and metrological monitoring for demonstration projects
    • Economic viability studies

Heat Conversion

  • Thermodynamic Fundamentals
    • Modelling and simulation of innovative thermodynamic cycles for heat conversion machines (chillers, heat pumps)
    • Fundamental theoretical and experimental investigations in the fields of thermofluid dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid process engineering with a strong focus on application

  • Heat Pumps and Chillers
    • Fundamental procedural engineering and construction of components, devices, and plants
    • Identification of promising applications for innovative heat conversion technology and implementation into real-world solutions
    • Energy system analysis, source-sink analysis, integrability of storages and heat pumps for waste heat recovery
    • Design and manufacturing of prototypes
    • Planning support and metrological monitoring for demonstration projects
    • Economic viability and market analyses