The department of Energy System Integration conducts application-oriented research and is particularly concerned with innovative energy storage and energy conversion systems as well as the development and analysis of process engineering processes.
The main focus is on the development of applications in aviation. The focus is on systems for commercial aircraft such as emergency power generators and on-board energy systems ("more electric aircraft") as well as propulsion systems for small aircraft ("all electric aircraft").
The research topics dealt with form a bridge function between the main focuses of electrochemical and thermochemical energy storage traditionally located at the institute. Thus, the department takes on an interdisciplinary and application-oriented supplement to the institute's research profile.
The scientists develop efficient battery systems and effective, multifunctional fuel cell systems for stationary and mobile applications. Both the selection of suitable components and targeted system designs based on detailed modelling and simulation calculations are part of their work. The tailor-made system design depends on the specific application and requirements, for example for on-board power generation (Auxiliary Power Unit - APU) for A320 aircraft and propulsion in aviation applications, for mobile applications or for stationary power supply.
In addition, the researchers are working on concepts for the conversion of large-scale industrial processes to renewable energy - from coal-based power generation to the steel, cement, glass and chemical industries and the production of alternative fuels for aviation. With the help of detailed process simulation, the options for renewable industrial processes are mapped and optimized in terms of efficiency, CO2 savings and costs. The methodology of process engineering cost estimation is transferred to the software tool for techno-economic analysis (TEPET - techno economic process evaluation tool) and is thus available for all processes of introducing renewable energy.
The declared aim of the work in the Department of Electrochemical Systems is the transfer of scientific findings from basic electrochemical research to application, taking into account established, industry-oriented and quality-assured development processes.
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