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Westphalian Energy Institute

The Westphalian Energy Institute (WEI) is a central scientific institution of the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences and concentrates the university’s energy technology competences across locations and faculties.

The WEI is organised in different groups, each dedicated to the one of our core areas: renewable energies, energy conversion and distribution, energy use, energy industry and energy policy. The institute employs 20 professors, as well as research assistants and doctoral candidates and since its foundation it has not only worked in cooperation with other scientific institutions in many fields, but has also positioned itself as a research and development partner for the industry. The interdisciplinary work of the institute’s research teams encourage innovative approaches to research and development. The WEI carries out research in the fields of process simulation and process control technology, electromobility, and battery and hydrogen technology. In cooperation with partners from the industry, our research teams have applied for several patents in recent years, thus embodying the applied character of research at the Westphalian Energy Institute. Projects such as the development of a PEM fuel cell-based self-sustaining power supply for sensor systems in boreholes clearly show how creative cooperation between rurhvalley universities is already producing innovative solutions.

Our core competencies

Energy industry and energy policy
The energy industry is oriented towards the “energy policy triangle”. The three elements of the triangle are energy-supply security, environmental sustainability, and energy efficiency, which is not to be confused with a maximum profitability for energy producers. The intervention of the state in the energy industry is determined by energy policy, which defines the institutional conditions (the state vs. the market) and puts in place the structure of the energy industry. Energy policy is sectoral structural policy and thus a part of economic policy with interdependent connections to environmental and climate policy as well as transport policy.
Energy use
In the core area “energy use”, the institute studies energy flows in combination with the use of building infrastructure. The objective is to achieve the most efficient possible energy conversion of the so-called final energy, into the form needed by the final user (light, heat, mechanical work, etc.).
Renewable energy
Forward-looking energy conversion in combination with resource-efficient energy use are the focus of the research core area “renewable energy”.
Energy conversion and energy distribution
WEI researchers in the field of energy conversion and energy distribution mainly study topics related to energy systems technology.

Partners in the projects

COMPRESS

Condition Monitoring for predictive maintenance adapted to geothermal electric submersible pumps

GeoSmaGriR: Smart Solar Geothermal Energy Grid Ruhr

Flexible and decentralised feed of solar and geother­mal heat into heat networks using existing...

SyncFueL

In future, self-produced energy should be available at remote charging stations. Regional...

"FH-Impuls" ruhrvalley

ruhrvalley is the beginning of the transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral centre of excellence for...

GeoFuelCells

In a joint research project called “Energy Self-Sufficient Borehole Sensor Technology Powered...

Ruhr Master School

At Ruhr Master School of Applied Engineering (RMS) you can benefit from the diversity of...

VOMPELS

The transformation of the energy sector into an energy industry based on renewable energy sources...

KLS

Sensors for above and/or underground monitoring of, for example, storage facilities or waste...
Schematically improved electrode configuration

IT-PEM

Developing low-cost electrode systems based on improved iridium-titanium oxide catalyst layers to...

EMEL: Energy Management in Metropolitan eMobility-Charging Infrastructures

The extensive use of electric vehicles in metropolitan regions faces the same dilemma as electric...

HT-MoDe-FC

The development of a modular test system makes possible the reproducible and standardised...
The nanostructured Si-Ir nanoparticles

LIKELY

New catalysts lower the cost of energy storage using hydrogen production
Scanning electron microscope photo of platin nanoparticles on functionalised carbon nanofibers, coated using pulse plating.

HyPresMEA

Developing low-cost, durable, and improved membrane electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cells and...
Schematic structure of a vanadium redox flow battery

VARZELL

Vanadium redox flow batteries are recyclable, environmentally friendly, and extremely durable....
Scanning electron microscope image of Pt/CNF catalyst

LOCOPEM

Nanomaterials increase the performance of catalyst layers in fuel cell systems
Test station for high-pressure electrolyser

HyPresPEM

An electrolyser test station facilitates long-term analysis of developments in the field of...

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