Urban Energy Systems
Bauhaus-Institute for
Infrastructure Solutions
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar


Coudraystrasse 7
99423 Weimar

+49 (0) 36 43 / 58 46 32

+49 (0) 36 43 / 58 46 39

mark.jentsch @ uni-weimar.de

Welcome to Urban Energy Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Research and Teaching Profile    
The supply of energy and the associated energy infrastructure are essential to keep the urban environment 'alive' and as such should be an integral part of urban design considerations.

Urban Energy Systems research and education within the Bauhaus-Institute for Infrastructure Solutions (b.is) at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar considers core areas of energy provision and consumption in the urban environment, today and in the future under a changing energy system. This includes considerations of energy efficiency, urban energy fluxes, renewable energy generation as well as the implications of a changing climate.

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The research and education in the field of Urban Energy Systems is centred on fundamental and applied research in the areas of sustainable urbanism and construction. The knowledge base includes:
  • Urban energy analyses and climate change impact assessments
  • Hydrogen and renewable energy systems as part of the transition of the energy supply system
  • The generation of weather data series for energy system and building performance simulation
  • Energy efficient buildings and refurbishment
  • The development of teaching programmes with respect to energy and sustainability issues

International Collaboration
The area of Urban Energy Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar holds close contact with researchers of the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton, where Assoc. Prof. Jentsch is a Visiting Lecturer. Research collaboration is undertaken with respect to 'Liveable Cities', energy performance in buildings, thermal comfort studies and weather data for engineering applications. The collaboration also includes the involvement in PhD projects with respect to these topics.

>> Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton

Further contacts exist to the Departamento de Ingeniería de Obras Civiles at the Universidad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile and the Department of Engineering Services within the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) in Thimphu, Bhutan. In February 2015 a team of researchers from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar embarked on a collaborative research project with the partners from the MoWHS which aimed at investigating options for sustainable thermal insulation of buildings in Bhutan. This project was finalised in December 2016 and the partners are seeking to continue the collaboration via new projects.

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Latest News

July 2017 - Urban Energy Systems presents its work at the university's 2017 summaery exhibition.

June 2017
- Student workshop on traditional earth construction techniques conducted in Oettern close to Weimar.

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Publication Highlights

Most cited paper - Jentsch MF, Bahaj AS, James PAB, Climate change future proofing of buildings – Generation and assessment of building simulation weather files, Energy and Buildings, 40 (12) (2008) 2148-2168.

>> Google Scholar Citation Analysis

Most recent paper - Jentsch MF, Kulle C, Bode T, Pauer T, Osburg A, Tenzin, Namgyel K, Euthra K, Dukjey J, Tenzin K, Field study of the building physics properties of common building types in the Inner Himalayan valleys of Bhutan, Energy for Sustainable Development, 38 (2017) 48-66.

>> Publications
Current Research Projects

LocalHy - Decentralised electrolysis of water from renewable energy with combined hydrogen and oxygen use
Role: subproject principal investigator
Funding body: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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