Energy and Environment (E+E)

Energy transition and climate change: Our planet and all of humanity need our cutting-edge research. We think outside the box and are involved in many important fields of research from start to finish, from idea to innovation by developing new concepts and materials for energy conversion and storage for instance. At TU Darmstadt, scientists from the fields of engineering, humanities, social and natural sciences collaborate because the important questions of our time are best answered as a team.

Be it hydrogen as an energy carrier or the cooling of magnetic materials, the intelligent electric grid or the climate-neutral house, our researchers want to make this transformation possible in a responsible manner, both in technology and for the public. They rethink concepts – right through to transporting heat in conditions of weightlessness.

Profile Topics

All our Research Fields live and breathe scientific excellence. Top scientists and their teams propel research forward by way of highly focussed and highly relevant research topics. These Profile Topics shape the academic reputation of Technical University of Darmstadt. They are characterised by highly attractive and successful collaborative projects.

Carbon-Neutral Circles

New technologies are key to making the energy transition work: To store and transport regeneratively generated energy in large quantities and over longer periods of time, chemical energy carriers are needed that can be integrated into a carbon-neutral circular energy economy. In addition to hydrogen and e-fuels, metals are particularly suited for this task.

Within this high-profile research topic, these innovative storage materials and their use are explored. The research behind it covers a large area ranging from fundamental chemical reactions and the development of processes through to pilot facilities. Thus, the research topic will result in important contributions covering future demand for renewable energy in all areas of application, i.e., in buildings, mobility and industry.

Integrated Energy Systems

Climate neutral energy supply from renewable energy sources is possible by closely interconnecting the energy sectors electricity, heat and mobility. The real challenge to ensure an efficient, safe and sustainable energy supply is about how to transport and store these different forms of energy while keeping track of the divers demands from industry, trade, traffic and private households in an ideal fashion.

The research topic explores methodologies for effectively operating and designing such integrated energy systems and for developing political and economic strategies for their implementation. Energy systems of all sizes are examined – from a (supra)national level down to local districts or complex single components such as built-in heat accumulators.

Scalable Clean Water Cycles

Climate change, population growth, migration into cities, environmental pollution – all these developments are exacerbating water shortages worldwide. Sustainable water management and a renewable circular economy are therefore becoming increasingly important in order to ensure access to water as such a vital resource in good quality in the future.

The research in the profile topic pursues a holistic approach – from the molecular level to complex river basins, from analyses and evaluation of inputs of pollutants and pathogens to hydrogeochemical environmental processes and new technologies for the recovery of valuable substances. Technological and socio-economic issues are thereby linked in the process.

Thermo-Fluids and Interfacial Phenomena

The flow of liquids and gases is essential for technical and industrial applications: Thermo-fluids transport energy in heat exchangers to cool notebooks, surfaces are coated in innovative printing processes, multiphase flows enable transfer across interfaces, microfluidics allows for control of chemical reactions… Our research analyses, describes and predicts key phenomena such as complex flows, interfacial dynamics, heat and mass transfer, which are highly relevant for energy and environmental technology processes.