Research

The Institute for Energy Systems conducts research regarding problems in energy engineering. Our research is divided into four areas:

  • Power Plant Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Measurement Technology
  • Modeling and Simulation

We cooperate with fellow research institutions, as well as industrial companies, on a number of national and international research projects. We also coordinate several collaborative projects.

The expertise of the institute is also reflected in the operated testing facilities and the utilized measurement technologies, especially the use of laser measurement technology. The mechanical workshop, the electronics laboratory, and the chemical laboratory are also essential parts of the experimental operation at the institute.

The following software tools are used for modeling and simulation at the institute:

  • ANSYS Fluent, ANSYS CFX, ANSYS Mechanical (CFD/FEM)
  • APROS, Dymola (Dynamic Modeling of Power Plants)
  • Aspen Plus, Ebsilon Professional, IPSE Pro (Thermodynamic process simulation)
  • Catia V5 (CAD/CAM)
  • Factsage (Thermochemical database)
  • Matlab/Simulink

Key competencies: CFD-supported burner design, form optimization of blade and seal geometry, entire process calculations of IGCC plants, ORC process simulation, modeling of gasification and combustion processes (biomass, coal), as well as CFD-simulations of reaction kinetics, deposition, and slagging tendencies.

Furthermore, a Siemens GuD-Simulator can be found at the Institute for Energy Systems, which makes it possible to simulate various power plant processes, and to test the control system of power plants.