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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


With its expertise, the IEFE makes an important contribution to new energy-efficient systems, methods, processes and factories.  The IEFE concentrates on the three strategic focal areas of energy efficiency, renewable energies and energy storage and networks. These focal points are worked on by specialised groups. Topics in these specialised groups include photovoltaics, thermal processes, energy systems, fluid engineering, model-based process optimisation, storage technologies and electrical networks. This well-founded know-how is fostered in applied research projects with industry partners and also purposefully passed on to students.

Collaboration for international projects

Currently the IEFE is working on the acquisition of international projects and is eagerly interested in forming consortia with international partners. We would like to get some collaboration with other academics and industry partners to develop new ideas with the main focus on the energy sector. Furthermore we intend to offer our expertise and infrastructures as support to those projects. The IEFE is interested to participate at the following calls:

  • LC-SC3-RES-33-2020: Increase performance and reliability of photovoltaic plants (11.12.2019)
  • LC-SC3-B4E-8-2020: Renewable and energy efficient solutions for heating and/or cooling, and domestic hot water production in multi-apartment residential buildings (15.01.2020)
  • LC-SC3-B4E-5-2020: Integrated design concepts for energy-efficient ICT in buildings (15.01.2020)
  • LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020: Decarbonisation energy systems of geographical Inslands (29.01.2020)

For more information or for future cooperation, please contact Serena Danesi, responsible for EU acquisition

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.

    International Workshop DynPOWER

    The international workshop DynPOWER takes place every year in autumn and is organized by Dr. Rafael Segundo and Prof. Petr Korba. The international workshop is a free event that brings together an international panel of experts from industry and academia to debate and present what they are doing to overcome the future energy.

    Click here for more information about the event and review pictures from previous events.

    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».



    Certificate valid for the research group Energy Systems and Refrigeration

    We have worked hard to structure our work according to international standards, to write binding work instructions and to test various processes in measuring fluid flows (temperature, pressure, flow, humidity and velocity). As a result, various target procedures have been documented and guidelines for dealing with measurement uncertainties and the correct use of test equipment have been drawn up. In addition, our employees will also receive regular training and further education in the future. All these measures serve to confirm the quality of our work as traceable, accurate and structured.

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