The Future Energy Systems & Lifestyle group supports business, administration and society in establishing a sustainable energy economy. This is based on a future-proof economic system characterised by renewable energy, maximum energy efficiency, integrated biomass use, provision of intelligent, needs-based energy services and products, and involvement of user and consumers (e.g. through lifestyle changes).
The expertise of the interdisciplinary research group comprises technical, economic, ecological and social aspects of energy technologies and energy systems as well as biomass use and associated land use. This expertise enables us to cover the entire innovation process from technology and system development to evaluation through to market implementation.
Our research areas include
- Energy Systems Assessment
We analyse and assess energy systems, products and services in terms of their effects on the environment, economy and society across their life cycle. Key methods include environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) (e.g. carbon footprint), life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) and social impact assessment (SIA).
- Best Technology Choice
We develop new innovative value chains from materials to products and services in order to maximise social benefit. Our internationally recognised expertise in this field includes eco-mobility based on renewable fuels, energy storage, biorefineries producing a spectrum of products and energy, and energy efficiency in companies, buildings and cities.
- Lifestyle Transformation Tools
We develop measures and implementation concepts for sustainable energy technologies, energy systems and lifestyles for business and public administration. Our tried and tested approaches include the development and methodical implementation of strategic concepts for stakeholder involvement, the design of future-proof programmes and guidelines for urban development as well as conflict analysis and process management in the event of competing resource uses.