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Climate neutral, renewable and conventional energy supply systems

The conversion to a climate-neutral society is one of the biggest challenges of our time. The promotion of renewable energy sources depends on sociological, technological and economic framework conditions. In the area of energy production, our researchers concentrate on the development of processes and technologies for the optimised utilisation of renewable energy sources such as biomass, solar energy, hydro power, geothermal energy and wind power. Furthermore they work on the improvement of conventional power plants. Another field of research is the design of smart grids and the development of innovative energy storage systems. Next to these technological issues also political and economic questions are of interest to our scientists.

The know-how of the TU Wien in the area of energy research covers various fields. It ranges from basic research - e.g. the testing of new materials for photovoltaic and fuel cells - to the development of new processes and technologies to actual project cooperations with partners from energy economy and industry. In addition, our experts prepare potential and risk analysis concerning new energy sources and they evaluate political strategies and measures.

Research topics

 Renewable energy systems

  • Hydro power
  • Solar energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Biomass
  • Wind energy
  • Nuclear fusion

Power plant optimisation

  • Innovative processes and technologies
  • Components and construction
  • Conventional energy generation

Smart grids

  • Grid integration and operational management of renewable energy sources
  • Control and regulation
  • Supplyside-, demandside- and storage-management

Storage systems

  • Thermal (multiphase systems)
  • Chemical  (fuel cells)
  • Mechanical (fly wheels)
  • Hydraulic (pumped storage)

Energy economics and politics

  • Potential and risk analysis of renewable energy sources
  • Political strategies and framework of the energy system
  • Environmental economics