TESYS – Technical Energy System Analysis



Drawing on technical and scientific competencies, systems analysis can demonstrate the potential and limits of new and existing technologies, in accordance with ecological, economic and social criteria. When evaluating technological innovations, the database used is critical, as are the methods for mapping the complex system structures, taking into account all relevant interdependencies.

The primary focus is the transformation of the energy supply to a renewable basis, with designs for future-oriented technology pathways and calibrated market models. Furthermore, these research activities will be accompanied by the creation of an independent, interdisciplinary and integrated energy system analysis facility.

Research Objectives

The core objective of TESYS is to establish an independent institute for energy systems analysis that in the long term will serve as a central point of contact for the business, political and research domains. The guiding principle of the interdisciplinary work is to shape the transition to an energy supply that achieves a high level of sustainability through the use of renewable energy technologies. In order to better achieve the research objective, the competencies of the institutes involved in TESYS were grouped into the following topics:

  • Energy supply: The design of technologies for the provision of usable forms of energy, such as electricity, heat and chemical energy carriers.
  • Transmission and storage: Design of the infrastructure for the distribution of the various forms of energy, as well as their storage, including any necessary conversion processes.
  • Energetic and material use: Identification and description of all end users in the fields of industry, commerce, household and transport.
  • An overall systemic view: Design of an energy system based on holistic analyses and their evaluation in terms of technical, economic and social criteria

Involved Professors and Departments

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences - Faculty 1

Institute of Applied Microbiology
Institutsleiter: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars Blank

Chair for Heterogeneous Catalysis and Industrial Chemistry
Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry (ITMC)
Head: Professor Dr. Regina Palkovits

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Faculty 4

Chair and Institute of Control Engineering (IRT)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Abel

Chair of Technical Thermodynamics (LTT)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Bardow

Chair for Wind Power Drives (CWD)
Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs

Department of Chemical Engineering, Process Systems Engineering (AVT.SVT)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Alexander Mitsos

Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger

Chair of Fluid Mechanics and Institute of Aerodynamics Aachen (AIA)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Schröder

Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3)
Chair for Fuel Cells
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Stolten

Institute of Power Plant Technology, Steam and Gas Turbines (IKDG)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Christian Wirsum

Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering - Faculty 5

Mineralogy & Economic Ressourcen (EMR)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Peter A. Kukla

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - Faculty 6

Institut für Elektrische Anlagen und Energiewirtschaft (IAEW)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Albert Moser

Photovoltaik (IEK-5)
Chair of Photovoltaics
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Uwe Rau

Institute for High Voltage Technology (IFHT)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armin Schnettler

Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Uwe Sauer

Business and Economics - Faculty 8

Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. soc. oec. Reinhard Madlener

Chair of Operations Management (OM)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Grit Walther

Economics and Social History and History of Technology (WST)
Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Paul Thomes