The working group Thermal Energy Systems and Biomass develops and evaluates innovative technologies for energy conversion and efficient methods for heat generation. Another research focus includes the experimental development of technologies based on combined heat and power generation of gasification processes with fuel cells. Furthermore, experimental research and development in the field of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) as well as solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) is increasingly being conducted. One research focus in this field includes the development of degradation mitigation.
In cooperative research projects, combustion simulations of melting and annealing furnaces are carried out and the heat management of different systems is investigated by using numerical methods. The numerical simulations are performed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Methods (FEM) and Lattice-Boltzmann Methods (LBM).