The Unite! Winter School involves researchers and teachers specialised in energy systems, energy policy and energy economics: Graz University of Technology (Austria), Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and Aalto University (Finland).
The transformation of energy systems is one of the most pressing challenges of our time. While climate neutrality and the reduction of fossil CO2 emissions were in the foreground in the past years, security of supply has become a high priority since the Russian war against Ukraine. However, a sustainable and resilient energy supply also means moving away from fossil fuels. To increasingly replace them with wind and solar, chemical energy carriers such as hydrogen are key to storing, transporting and using renewable energy. As another complementary option to hydrogen, metals such as iron have come more into the focus of science and industry as carbon-free energy storage. Whatever the technical solution may be, it must not be evaluated separately, but always in combination with the socio-economic aspects.
About the organisers
The Darmstadt Graduate School of Energy Science and Engineering at TU Darmstadt offers PhD students optimal conditions to develop their scientific skills in a concentrated way and to cooperate within a highly motivating interdisciplinary environment. The Graduate School emerged in 2012 from the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.
The aim of the Darmstadt Graduate School of Energy Science and Engineering is to train the energy engineers of tomorrow in a multidisciplinary field of competence. The PhD students are thus given the opportunity to master the demanding scientific, technical, economic and social challenges in an interdisciplinary approach. The main task is the sustainable transition from fossil, non-renewable primary energy sources of today to renewable and environmentally friendly energy resources of tomorrow.
The optimal strategy is, on the one hand, to increase the efficiency of conventional energy technologies in order to meet the high requirements for pollutant emissions and, on the other hand, to simultaneously develop innovative, advanced renewable energy technologies. These must be developed to a competitive technological readiness level and create safe, reliable and cost-effective solutions.