Prof. Dr. Mark Jentsch

Energy Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Welcome

The research area in Energy Systems was established at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in May 2012. Since October 2019 the chair in Energy Systems is an endowed professorship financed by the following donors:

  • AVX/KUMATEC Hydrogen GmbH & Co. KG,
  • Thuringian Ministry of Economy, Science and the Digital Society (TMWWDG),
  • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar,
  • Stiftung für Technologie, Innovation und Forschung Thüringen (STIFT).

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. Energy Systems research and education within the Bauhaus-Institute for Infrastructure Solutions (b.is) considers core areas of energy provision and consumption in the urban built environment, today and in the future with respect to the current transformation of the energy supply system towards a more sustainable structure. This includes work on 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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Objectives

The research and education in the field of Energy Systems is centered on fundamental and applied research in sustainable energy infrastructure, urbanism and construction. The knowledge base includes:

  • Hydrogen and renewable energy systems as part of the transition of the energy supply system,
  • Urban energy analyses and climate change impact assessments,
  • 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 Energy Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar holds close contact with international researchers. For example, 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 passed 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. Further contacts exist to the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton, where Prof. Dr. Jentsch is a visitor.

The team furthermore has had a collaborative project with the Department of Engineering Services within the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) in Thimphu, Bhutan. This joint research work was aimed at investigating the 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

July 2019 - Strategic discussion with the Thuringian Minister of Economy, Science and Digital Society Wolfgang Tiefensee on the potentials of establishing a hydrogen economy in Thuringia.

July 2019
- Site visit of the Thuringian Minister-President Bodo Ramelow on the sewage work in Sonneberg to inform about the distributed hydrogen solutions installed there.

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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, Büttner S, Dezentrale Umsetzung der Energie- und Verkehrswende mit Wasserstoffsystemen auf Kläranlagen, gwf Gas + Energie, 160 (6) (2019) 28-39.

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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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H2-Well - Hydrogen Source and Value Added Region Main-Elbe-LINK
Role: principal investigator
Funding body: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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