Prof. Dr. Mark Jentsch

Energy Systems at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar


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 sponsors:

  • Kyros Hydrogen Solutions GmbH,
  • Thuringian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and 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 ( 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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The research and education in the field of Energy Systems is centered on fundamental and applied questions in sustainable energy infrastructure, urbanism and construction. The knowledge base of the group 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

November 2020 
- Prof. Dr. Mark Jentsch participates in panel discussion on science communication within the framework of the Science Day 2020.

January 2020 - Kick-off meeting held in Apolda for develoing a research project within the H2-Well initiative.

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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 - Lerch T, Jentsch MF, h2-well-Initiative für den Aufbau einer dezentralen Wasserstoffwirtschaft, ARGOS Das Wirtschaftsmagazin für Mitteldeutschland, 11/2021, 31-33.

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Current Research Projects

- 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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h2well-compact - Compact hydrogen supply system for decentralized mobility applications
Role: principal investigator, subproject principal investigator
Funding body: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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