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Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology (zafh.net)

Ten billion gigawatt hours – that is the amount of energy that Europe consumes each year. The operation of buildings alone counts for 44 per cent of this energy consumption.

This fact is the reason behind the drive of the “Centre for Applied Research at Universities of Applied Sciences – Sustainable Energy Technology (zafh.net)” to concentrate on in-depth building energy research as well as on the development of integrated energy concepts for buildings and regions. Their goal is to find economical and energy-efficient solutions and to make these solutions available for use in a way that is practical and integrative.

Interdisciplinary research and development in this field of study is the central goal of the Research Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (zafh.net).

zafh.net Network

zafh.net Stuttgart is responsible for the management of the zafh.net network.

The zafh.net network is a research network with the goal of creating a concentration of expertise in the field of building energy research. It was founded by the Baden-Württembergian Ministry of Science in 2002 with support from the regional foundation Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg and is located at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences.

The network’s objective is to use judicious networking to interconnect the research activities that are being conducted at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, Biberach, Offenburg and Konstanz as well as by other partners. This serves to strengthen Baden-Württemberg’s already excellent energy-efficiency research field. Energy research at zafh.net Stuttgart has been greatly improved due to the cooperation within the zafh.net network.

zafh.net Stuttgart

Currently, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. habil. Ursula Eicker, approx. 30 staff members from the departments of Physics, Building Physics, City Planning, Geo-information, Infrastructure Management, Mechanical- and Supply Engineering, and Architecture are working on numerous national and international research projects.

Zafh.net works in interdisciplinary research groups, mostly in cooperation with industry and other research centres, on innovative energy concepts and energy management solutions for buildings and communities as well as on components for solar heating and cooling as well as simulation and management of energy equipment/plants.