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Overview: Sustainable Systems

The world's population is growing, and energy use and environmental pollution are on the increase. At the same time, natural resources and raw materials are becoming scarce and the effects of climate change are warning us that we need to reduce our output of greenhouse gases. Scientists in the Field of Expertise Sustainable Systems at TU Graz are focussing on these complex challenges and undertaking interdisciplinary research to find sustainable solutions. Research topics range from sustainable urban planning, innovative building technologies and energy systems to the use of renewable energy sources, intelligent energy networks and green mobility.

Research Topics

Urban and mobility planning 

  • Landscape Urbanism – ecological synergies in urban and regional development 
  • Smart Cities – energy-efficient urban-planning densification 
  • Financing models in urban development 
  • Smart Mobility – multimodal transport planning and intelligent traffic systems 
  • Life-Cycle Costs in infrastructure (road, rail, supply lines)  

Sustainable construction 

  • Form follows energy – energy concepts of buildings 
  • Sustainability analysis of construction products and buildings 
  • Resource-efficient, non-standard construction methods – prototype construction in the robot design laboratory 
  • Resource-saving construction in lightweight and solid construction 
  • Economic implementation of complex geometries and shapes in wood construction 
  • Advanced wood and concrete technology 
  • Optimal lighting – simulations and experiments in the lighting laboratory 
  • Multifunctional facade engineering and media integration  

Future-oriented energy systems 

  • Integral energy landscapes – historical development and future strategies 
  • Numerical calculations and hydraulic model experiments for hydro power plants 
  • Innovative system solutions for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technology 
  • Thermal energy systems and biomass exploitation 
  • Process evaluation and synthesis, and waste and emission-free technologies/systems 
  • Simulations and experiments on thermal turbomachines and machine dynamics 
  • High-voltage and distribution networks of the future, and energy-efficient electric drives and machines 
  • Economic analysis of energy and electrical systems

Shares in Companies and Cooperations

Competence Centres and Networks

TU Graz events

20. November 2020, 02:30 PM - 22. November 2020, 04:00 PM
Sustainable Systems (Field of Expertise)

28. May 2021, 02:30 PM - 30. May 2021, 04:00 PM
Sustainable Systems (Field of Expertise)

Illustrations of Urs Hirschberg, Martin Fellendorf and Christoph Hochenauer

Heads of the Field of Expertise

from left to right:

Urs Leonhard HIRSCHBERG
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Arch. Dr.sc.ETH
Institute of Architecture and Media

Christoph HOCHENAUER
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Institute of Thermal Engineering

Martin FELLENDORF
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. 
Institute of Highway Engineering and Transport Planning
 

Contact: FoE-Sustainable-SystemsnoSpam@tugraz.at

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Dipl.-Ing.

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christoph.adametznoSpam@tugraz.at