Fields of research
In the field of nanomaterials, the focus is on a deeper understanding of effects based on the nanostructuring of particles or the nanoporosity of materials. The findings are used in application-oriented work with other groups of ZAE Bayern or external partners to develop functional materials for the field of energy technology, such as energy storage systems or thermal insulation components.
The International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Experts Group on Science in Energy", has identified the development of efficient and cost-effective energy storage as the most important challenge for future R&D activities. Energy storage systems are essential for integrating renewable energies and increasing energy efficiency.
Energy Efficient Processes
The increase in efficiency makes a significant contribution to the development of our future energy structure. In addition to reducing heat consumption in buildings, the efficient conversion of heat in energy supply systems and industrial processes is a central element. The efficiency of thermal processes for power, heat and cooling must be improved by the targeted reduction of exergy losses.
ZAE Bayern develops energy-saving concepts and forward-looking technologies for energy-efficient buildings (e. g. evacuated insulation systems, functional layers, room temperature control with PCM). These innovative technologies are characterised and optimised throughout the entire development process, from laboratory samples to the finished product, and are evaluated metrologically as part of demonstration projects in existing buildings or as new buildings (monitoring).
System Engineering Modelling
The system engineering modelling and analysis of physical processes, energy-technical components and even complex energy systems is a focal point of the work at ZAE Bayern, since in many areas of science numerical simulation has replaced theoretical and analytical considerations.
In its core competence areas of renewable energies, energy storage and energy efficiency, ZAE Bayern combines materials research, component development and system optimization into a seamless value-added chain in an interdisciplinary research approach. The researchers at ZAE Bayern work at the interface between basic research and applied industrial research and deal, among other things, with nanomaterials, thermal and electrochemical energy storage, energy-efficient processes, photovoltaics, energy-optimised buildings and urban areas as well as smart grids and cross-sectoral energy systems (electricity and heat/cooling).
We work at the interface between knowledge-based basic research and applied industrial research. Under the motto "Excellent Energy Research - Excellent Implementation", we realize complete innovation packages that build on synergies between generation, storage and efficiency measures.