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Research Field

Environmental & Energy Systems

Spokesperson: Prof. Mathias Ernst, mathias.ernst(a)

Deputy Spokesperson: Prof. Christian Becker, c.becker(a)

The world population's demand for energy and products will continue to rise in the coming decades. The efficient, climate- and resource-friendly supply of energy and products will therefore remain the greatest technical and sociopolitical challenge of the near future. In this context, it is important to implement climate neutrality and environmental compatibility in energy supply and product generation as far as possible. The TUHH is involved in many basic research-oriented and application-oriented projects on the issues of efficient climate and environmentally compatible energy and material supply, storage, conversion, transmission, distribution and use. The focus is on, for example, sector-coupled energy systems, planning and operation of resilient energy networks, the generation of sustainable energy sources, low-emission combustion of biogenic solid fuels and thermophotovoltaics. Issues relating in particular to hydrogen production and use, as well as hydrogen transport and logistics, also have a high priority. In the Water-Energy Nexus, water quality and energy-efficient treatment technology complex, functionalized materials, energy efficiency in treatment, processes of soil salinization and degradation, and the simulation of energy storage mechanisms, transport and conversion processes are the subject of research. In close cooperation with DLR, research on mitigating the climate impact of air transport is taking place. For many relevant products and processes, a holistic view of products and product-service systems over all life phases, "Life Cycle Engineering" (LCE), is of great importance. Its main aim is to optimize the economy and ecology of the product or process.

Societal Impact

Research Clusters

The following research clusters contribute thematically to the research field  "Environmental & Energy Systems"

Study: Master Programs

The following master's degree programs take up the contents of the research field "Environmental & Energy Systems" in the course of study

Contact to Research Field Coordination

Spokesperson: Prof. Mathias Ernst, mathias.ernst(a)

Deputy Spokesperson: Prof. Christian Becker, c.becker(a)