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Institute of Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering (IEFE)

picture of professor Dr. Frank Tillenkamp, Director of Institute
  «Designing sustainable solutions for energy systems of the future requires combining expertise from thermal and electric energy engineering. We do this at IEFE.»

Prof. Dr. Frank Tillenkamp, Director of Institute


About us

Researches at the Institute of Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering (IEFE) along with partners in science and industry make important contributions in the fields of thermal and electrical energy systems and renewable energies with respect to energy-efficient systems, procedures, processes and systems. We provide expertise in three strategic core areas of research:

    Our three core areas are split into the following Technical Units:

    We are continuously advancing our expertise in these areas in the interest of designing more efficient energy systems and strategic utilisation of renewable energy. Interaction between our core areas enables IEFE to consider problems presented by industrial partners from various technical perspectives to then develop innovative and efficient solutions. IEFE is able to gain and convey know-how in close collaboration with its partners using well equipped laboratories in line with student work or direct orders.

    We will gladly aid you with new and improved products, utilising our experience in applied research and development and our modern infrastructure. Please feel free to contact our Team with any queries.

    Degree Programmes

    Bachelor's Degree

    The bachelor programme at the Institute of Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering (IEFE) focuses on students enrolled in the mechanical engineering and energy- and environmental engineering programmes who are taking courses in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, energy engineering, numerical flow calculation, combustion engines and process engineering.

    The interdisciplinary bearing of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics becomes apparent when students enrolled in other ZHAW degree programmes are instructed at the Institute of Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering (IEFE). Our lecturers teach various follow-up projects in a variety of degree programmes through interdisciplinary classes.

    In our well equipped machine laboratory our students put their theoretical knowledge to the test, expanding it through practical experience.

    Teachings at the IEFE in the bachelor's degree programmes:

    Master's Programme

    Lecturers at IEFE provide instruction in line with the Master of Engineering (MSE). The MSE is an educational offering, jointly developed by Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences, aimed at highly motivated, academically strong Bachelor students.

    IEFE forms the Master Research Unit (MRU) «Energy Systems and Fluid Engineering». Students enrolled in our Master's programme are closely involved in our research projects and obtain their master in «Energy and Environment».

    Our Partners

    Knowledge transfer and collaboration are key in the energy sector. IEFE is therefore part of the BRENET, the national centre of excellence for building technology and renewable energies, and a member of the energie-cluster.ch and the Swiss Association for Refrigeration Technology (SVK).


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