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 are 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 built environment, today and in the future with respect to the upcoming changes in the energy supply system. This includes work considering energy efficiency, urban energy fluxes and renewable energy generation as well as hydrogen based energy infrastructure solutions and the implications of a changing climate on the urban environment and its infrastructure.

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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 the urban microclimate, energy performance of buildings, thermal comfort studies and weather data for engineering applications.

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Further contacts exist to the Departamento de Ingeniería de Obras Civiles at the Universidad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile where Dr.-Ing. Aner Martinez Soto who conducted his PhD in Urban Energy Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar holds a lecturing position. This collaboration spans all fields of energy systems in the urban environment and builds on Dr. Martinez Soto's PhD work.

The team furthermore collaborates with the Department of Engineering Services within the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) in Thimphu, Bhutan. This joint research work is aimed at investigating the current energy performance of the Bhutanese building stock as well as at developing solutions for improving construction quality, specifically looking at options for sustainable thermal insulation of buildings in Bhutan.

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Latest News

December 2017 - A consortium including the Urban Energy Systems team is selected for conducting research and development in the field of creating a hydrogen based energy economy.

October 2017
- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jentsch visits Japan with Thuringian industry delegation.

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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.

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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.

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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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