Energy at the right time, place and form


Energy at the right time, place and form. Smart Energy enables the sustainable. Affordable and reliable path from Source to Utilization to provide energy in the suitable form, in the right place, at the right time and in sufficient quality

Focus Area

Around the world, energy demands for heating, cooling, and thermal water treatment have risen significantly over the past few years – and demand is expected to further increase by 40 percent by 2035. In the future, there will need to be heightened emphasis on a variety of energy sources such as the sun, waste heat, and biomass. This calls for new and ongoing development of energy conversion and storage technologies as well as their combination in sustainable systems. One example of efficient utilization of resources is that of maximizing the use of heat that is created during the energy conversion process. This can be done by integrating various energy and material conversion processes into one system. These so-called poly-generation systems can result in overall utilization efficiencies in excess of 90 percent, thus making a valuable contribution to protecting the environment. It is easier to attain these high utilization efficiencies with decentralized systems than with centralized systems because electricity and heat are generated at the point where the heat is needed.


  • I) Develop a concept for a autarkic Multi-Modal Energy System (power, heat, cooling, gas, water, EV, -grid, balancing to minimize grid-exchange ) systems in a typical household with 100% renewable energy, electrical and thermal storage devices, operation manager system for generation (forecast), demand response and optimal electrical vehicle integration in order to reach 100% autarky.
  • II) Build a simulation, and/or small scale prototype system in lab-scale (MakerSpace, FabLab,…


  • Integrate storage, power to heat solutions, electrical & advanced cooling and water solutions and renewable energies into the household.
  • Demonstrate the economical advantages of different technologies and conversion/storage paths
  • Describe the constraints in technology options, policy regulations and economical issues
  • Outline the opportunities for new business model and new energy services
  • Describe existing business models as well as new business models which you need to implement your multi-modal system