The Institute for Energy, Drive and Environmental Systems Engineering (IEAU) was founded in 2009 with the aim of cross-faculty cooperation in research and teaching. Since February 2020, it has continued to operate under the name Thuringian Energy Research Institute (ThEFI). It represents an association of a total of 12 departments from the 4 faculties of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computer Science and Automation, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Economics and Media, and bundles the scientific expertise of Ilmenau University of Technology in the fields of energy and environmental technology.
The aim of the institute is,
- to intensify interdisciplinary research in the field of electrical power, drive and environmental systems engineering from the fundamentals to the application,
- to increase the transfer of knowledge through research projects together with scientific partners and partner companies, and
- to continuously develop the research competence in-house and with the scientific partners.
With the ThEFI, a joint scientific institution has been created, which can be joined by relevant subject areas of all faculties and which deals intensively with topics relating to resource-saving, consumption-oriented, low-pollution and environmentally friendly technologies and processes.
In terms of content, the entire complex process of energy generation and distribution, energy storage and control, and energy conversion in concrete fields of application is taken into account. Fields of development are innovative energy supply technologies, new forms of electrical grids and storage management, effective drives for vehicles, machines and plants as well as solar and wind power plants of the future. Dirk Westermann is the director of the ThEFI. He is represented by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Thomas Hannappel.
ThEFI promotes the commercialization of research results in close cooperation with industrial companies and associations. The Center for Energy Technology (ZET), which is affiliated as an operating unit, acts as an interface to the companies and is part of the university's operating units as a central technological facility. The ZET is managed by M.Sc. Dipl. Business Economist Susan Oxfart and forms the structural basis for the establishment of independent researchers (scientifically oriented) and working groups (service-oriented). As a cross-faculty institution, the ZET has the task of organizing, implementing and managing scientific services and contract research.