Owing to the rising prices of fossil energy sources, the commitment to phasing out nuclear energy, the increasing importance of regenerative energy generation, and the political environment, energy supply has been experiencing a radical transformation, especially in Germany.
Energy policy now seeks to use the feeding of photovoltaic, biomass and wind energy into the power grid in such a way as to ensure that the conditions for maintaining equilibrium between generation and consumption are maintained. The Institute for Efficient Energy Systems (IEE) at the Hochschule Weserbergland is working on making that a reality in cooperation with the Institut für Solarenergieforschung [Institute for Solar Energy Research] (ISFH).
The IEE’s special strength is its interdisciplinary approach. It has engineers, business administrators, computer scientists and legal professionals working on various topics. The result is a comprehensive view of things that encompasses technological, economic, and legal perspectives equally.
If you are interested in becoming a cooperating partner and implementing innovative projects, then please feel free to contact the team at the Institute for Efficient Energy Systems.
The following are some of the previous projects of the Institute for Efficient Energy Systems:
High efficiency factor motors/generators with electrical excitation and made without the use of rare materials (a cooperative effort with the University of Hanover)
A cooperative research project of Prof. Martin Kesting and the Institut für Solarenergieforschung Hameln (ISFH)
Students are involved in particular through industry-associated projects as a part of their project-based study programmes. Past projects of this description include the following:
Feasibility study for building a hydroelectric power plant: technical feasibility, use of different technologies, location possibilities, ecological, legal, and social aspects, technology acceptance, economic efficiency (client: Stadtwerke Neustadt am Rübenberge – 2011/12 – awarded the Energy Award 2012)
A study for the roll-out of smart meter measuring systems for three public utilities: market analysis, market roles, roll-out scenarios, costing (2013/14)
Feasibility study for the introduction of an exchange-based “green power auction” for electricity generated from renewable energy sources (client: TenneT – 2012/13)
Economic efficiency study of a biomass centre – use of green waste as an energy source and as a material – acceptance, economic efficiency, logistics (client: the District of Hamelin-Pyrmont – 2012/13)
Construction of a photovoltaic system on the HSW building (underlying economic conditions – 2009/10) including monitoring and analytical tools for the solar outputs (secure data retention, measuring systems, display over the Internet – 2012/13).
In addition, practical and technical reports and bachelor theses relating to energy management and energy technology have been written for years under the guidance and supervision of the mentioned professors and similarly depend on an exchange of information relating to development, application, and research. Various technical and economic problems encountered by business enterprises, which range from matters relating to practice-oriented development to scientific questions and the associated analyses, experiments, and evaluations, are studied by students under the guidance of professors in a specific business environment. Plans for the future call for students’ involvement in the institute’s research projects during their practice phases.