Welcome to the website of the Chair of Energy Systems

The Chair of Energy Systems conducts research regarding problems in energy engineering. Our research is divided into four areas: power plants, modeling and simulation, measurement technology and renewable energy. 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. Our educational focus is also on energy engineering.  We offer a variety of lectures with corresponding tutorials, internships, seminars and excursions in the field to our students. We hope you enjoy energy engineering!


GOLD project: TUM Horizon 2020 delegation visits Canadian partners and technical meeting in France

Within the framework of the EU Horizon 2020 project GOLD on phytoremediation of contaminated soils and sustainable biofuel production (https://www.gold-h2020.eu/the-project), partners of the Chair of Energy Systems at TU München (https://www.epe.ed.tum.de/en/es/research/projects/gold) visited the Canadian project partners of the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/genie-chimique-biotech/departement/professeurs/nicolas-abatzoglou, https://www.usherbrooke.ca/genie-chimique-biotech/departement/professeurs/ines-esma-achouri). In addition to the project-specific exchange on research questions of fuel production from contaminated biomasses, the meeting focused on the exchange of content on future research topics and the intensification of international cooperation, especially between Europe and Canada.

After a fruitful first year in the GOLD project, with successful pot trials and sowing of the energy crops selected in the project, a first technical meeting in person took place in Lille, France, at the invitation of the project partner JUNIA. In addition to the status updates of the individual GOLD partners on the optimization of selected high-yielding crops for phytoremediation purposes and the conversion processes to clean biofuels with low ILUC risks, the upcoming activities to optimize the value chain bridging the gap between phytoremediation and biofuels were also the topic of the meeting.

The highlight of the meeting was the visit to the former MetalEurope Nord smelting site in Pas-de-Calais, which after its closure had been one of the most polluted sites in Europe. As one of five sites in the EU and seven worldwide (https://www.gold-h2020.eu/pilot-sites), the use of energy crops to phytoremediate these contaminated soils is being studied there as part of the GOLD project.

LES erforscht chemisches Recycling von Kunststoffabfällen mittels Flugstrom- und Plasmavergasung

Der Lehrstuhl für Energiesysteme trägt bereits seit einigen Jahren einen wissenschaftlichen und technologischen Beitrag zur Energiewende bei. Neben der Energietechnik nimmt nun auch der Rohstoffwandel eine größere Rolle in der Forschung des LES ein. Aktuell wird der Großteil kunststoffhaltiger Abfälle in Feuerungsanlagen oder Kraftwerken thermisch genutzt, wobei fossiles CO2 freigesetzt wird. Mechanisches Recycling von Kunststoffen stellt zwar ein wichtiges Verfahren zur Einsparung von Rohstoffen dar, allerdings ist die Rezyklierungsrate des Kohlenstoffes begrenzt, es kommt zu einer Verschlechterung der Werkstoffeigenschaften und nur homogene Stoffströme können zurückgeführt werden. Für stark heterogene Gemischkunststoffabfälle aus Industrie und Haushalte sind vielversprechendere Recyclingtechnologien erforderlich.

Eine attraktive Möglichkeit zur Reduzierung der Emissionen sowie zur Etablierung einer nachhaltigen Kreislaufwirtschaft bietet das Chemisches Recycling von Kunststoffen oder sogenannten Ersatzbrennstoffen mittels Vergasung zu hochqualitativem Synthesegas für die Herstellung neuer Basischemikalien. In den Projekten VERENA (BMWK, 03EE5044B) und TWIN-PEAKS (EU Horizon 2020, 951308) werden gemeinsam mit internationalen Partnern aus Wissenschaft und Industrie die Flugstrom- bzw. Plasmavergasung sowohl experimentell als auch simulativ untersucht. Der Vorteil dieser Vergasungsreaktoren liegt besonders in der hohen Flexibilität bezüglich der Einsatzstoffe, dem quantitativen Umsatz sowie in der hohen Produktgasqualität. Dadurch können Kunststoffpolymere wie etwa Polyethylen oder Polypropylen und andere vielfältige Kohlenwasserstoffe bis auf die C1-Komponente zerlegt werden, um anschließend in katalytischen Synthesen über das Intermediat Methanol wieder Monomere für kommerzielle Kunststoffe zu gewinnen. Eines der Ziele in den Projekten VERENA und TWIN-PEAKS ist die erfolgreiche Erprobung dieser Einsatzstoffe zur Bereitstellung von Synthesegas. Mit diesem Ansatz lässt sich damit der Kohlenstoffkreislauf schließen sowie fossiles CO2 einsparen.

Ansprechpartner: Weiss Naim, Sebastian Bastek, Sebastian Fendt

Weitere Informationen zu den Projekten VERENA und TWIN-PEAKS finden Sie hier:

Start of the Future Lab REDEFINE H2E

This week, 01. December 2021, we start an international Future Lab. Under the acronym REDEFINE H2E - "Renewable Electricity Dispatch and Expendable Feedstock-Integrated Net-Zero-Emission Hydrogen Economy" - numerous international researchers from various well-known institutes will investigate the future of green hydrogen. The aim of the next three years is to create the basis for a hydrogen-based circular economy. Therefore, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is investing up to five million euros in our team (Funding number: 01DD21005). One of the highlights of this project is its high internationality as the researcher will come from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. In order to ensure mutual exchange, part of the researchers will temporarily be guests at our chair. We are already looking forward to welcome our new colleagues!

The current TUM press release on the REDEFINE H2E project can be found here:
TUM koordiniert Zukunftslabor für Grünen Wasserstoff - TUM

Contact: Tobias Netter, Sebastian Fendt

Website of the EU research project GOLD now online

The website of the EU project GOLD (Growing energy crops on contaminated land for biofuels and soil remediation) is now officially available (link). The Chair of Energy Systems is pleased to be part of the EU research project and to contribute together with the international partners to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the EU Green Deal. Further information about the participation of the LES can be found here.

Contact: Marcel Dossow, Sebastian Fendt

This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant number 101006873.

Two researchers of ES awarded with the „Christian-Hecht-Preis 2021“

The chair of Energy Systems congratulates his employee Matthäus Irl and his former employee Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Eyerer for winning the Christian Hecht Preis 2021. Both junior scientists have been honored for their contributions to the geothermal energy utilization in the Bavarian Molasse Basin and the Upper Rhine Graben at the Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern 2021. The jury of representatives from industry and academia decided for two awardees as both achieved the same number of points. Mr. Eyerer investigated various working fluids and an efficient and flexible concept for an Organic Rankine Cycle for geothermal CHP plants in his PhD. Mr. Irl works on the analysis and optimization of the operation of deep-geothermal CHP plants. Dr. Dietfried Bruss of the Stadtwerke München mentioned in the laudation that both awardees have quite some things in common. Amongst others, both works are part of the Geothermal-Alliance Bavaria, which proves the high scientific rank and the relevance of this research alliance.

Double success for the LES at this year's MSE Energy Colloquium

The Chair of Energy Systems congratulates its staff members Felix Fischer and Marcel Dossow for receiving the Best Presentation, respectively the Best Paper Award of the 11th MSE Energy Colloquium. Mr Fischer presented the successful progress of the BioCORE project in the field of highly efficient biogas utilization in high temperature fuel cells to a broad public for the first time. Mr Dossow summarised the results of his extensive simulations on the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) on his poster.

The BioCORE project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and will run until 30.11.2021. The poster is available for download. An introductory video to the poster is available here.

Website for EU research project TWIN-PEAKS now online

The website of the EU project TWIN-PEAKS (Twinning for Promoting Excellence, Ability and Knowledge to Developed Advanced Waste Gasification Solutions) is now officially available (Link). The Chair of Energy Systems is pleased to be part of the EU research project and to work together with the Lithuanian, Swedish and German partners on waste and residue gasification technologies of the future. As part of the research project, three core research areas were identified on which the joint research of the consortium is now focused: plasma-assisted gasification processes, plasma-assisted methanation and the topic of input materials and usage paths for gasification process chains.

Contacts: Sebastian Bastek, Sebastian Fendt                             

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951308. The sole responsibility for the content of this presentation lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the REA nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


EU research project ENGIMMONIA kicks-off at 1st of May 2021

The chair of Energy Systems is looking forward to be part of the EU research project ENGIMONNIA. A total of 22 partners from industry and research with a total funding of 9.5 Mio. € are investigating the decarbonization of the maritime sector with Ammonia as a future energy vector. Together with ORCAN ENERGY AG, the chair of Energy Systems is working on increased engine efficiency by means of waste heat utilization in ORC systems. Further information on the project and the consortium can be found here. The Project begins at 1st of May 2021 and has a project duration of 4 years.

Contact person: Christoph Wieland