The Institute for Renewable Energy is internally structured in five different research groups:
SUSTAINABLE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
Hybrid heating and cooling systems for buildings, sustainable district heating and cooling systems, efficient heating and cooling systems for industry applications
PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY SYSTEMS
Performance and reliability of PV systems, solar resources: exploitation and mitigation of variability, PV integration in electricity grids, building integrated photovoltaics
ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS
Energy flexible buildings and building clusters, façade system concepts, architectural solutions for natural ventilation and daylighting, cost optimal solution-sets for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) with high Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
ENERGY RETROFIT OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Energy performance of historic buildings and districts, conservation compatible energy retrofit solutions, hygrothermal performance of buildings and buildings details, conservation aspects in building retrofit and energy planning
URBAN AND REGIONAL ENERGY SYSTEMS
Sustainable energy planning and policies, spatial decision support systems and models for sustainable energy development, big data frameworks, economic and financial evaluations of sustainable energy solutions
The activities within this groups are coordinated by a head of research group. For the elaboration of cross cutting research projects the single groups are working closely together.
A team of technicians is supporting the research groups in specific activities like monitoring and data processing.
The overall research projects are coordinated by the direction and supported by an administration team.