Future Energy Systems

Future Energy Systems

The key research priority combines research from natural science, engineering, and economics in order to contribute to designing the future energy system. Activities span from fundamental research in chemistry, biology, and geology to applied research in chemical engineering, energy process engineering, computer science, mathematics, and economics. Strong research areas across faculties include photovoltaics and hydrogen systems, geothermal energy, e-mobility, advanced materials and processes, energy networks, as well as energy markets and energy system analysis. FAU’s activities are strengthened through close cooperation with research institutions such as the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE), The Helmholtz-Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) or the Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and IISB. FAU jointly with various institutions in the metropolitan area of Nuremberg have established the interdisciplinary institution Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN), where researchers and partners from firms and politics develop solutions for the future energy system.

Research Focus Areas involved:

  • Energy markets and energy systems analysis (Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law – School of Business and Economics)
  • Power Electronics and Energy Technology (Faculty of Engineering)
  • Materials and Light-Matter-Interaction (Faculty of Sciences)
  • Climate & Resources (Faculty of Sciences)

Outstanding Activities


Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm

  • Organization: School of Business, Economics and Society
  • Working group: Chair of Economics (Economic Theory)
  • Phone number: +49 911 5302-224
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Prof. Dr. Dirk Guldi

  • Organization: Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
  • Working group: Chair of Physical Chemistry I (Prof. Dr. Guldi)
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-27340
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