Early Career Research Groups

Graduate College 'New Resource Conservation Systems'


This ECR group forms a graduate college where PhD aspirants from a variety of technological and other related programmes collaborate in the analysis and development of New Resource Conservation Systems.

The foremost objective is the best-possible preparation of all junior researchers involved for their future careers in industry and science. We see a promising approach in the interdisciplinary exploration of topics that are relevant for both our University and our region’s industry.

Each individual subject area belongs to the realm of the Energy and the Environment research sub-profile and reflects a part of our University’s share in the academic support of the Energiewende - Germany's exit from nuclear and fossil-fuel energy. Our early-stage researchers acquire leadership skills and also are equipped to independently conduct applied research, to hold lectures, and to help improve knowledge transfer and networking in our region.

Current projects

A Future-Proof Power Generation [FIS link]
Project leader: Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Kratzsch

Unsteady Flows
Project leader: Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Meinert

Resource-Saving Products
Project leader: Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Klaubert, Prof. Dr.-Ing. F. Hentschel

Power-to-Gas-to-Power [FIS link]
Project leader: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. T. Zschunke

A Decentralized Combined Heat and Power Generation
Project leader: Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Meinert

Information and Communications Technologies
Project leader: Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Lässig

Regional Energy Markets [FIS link]
Project leader: Prof. Dr. rer. pol. T. Schütte

Duration of the projects: 01/08/2015 - 31/07/2018

Overview of our projects [PDF, German]

Development of Environmental Engineering Processes for a Sustainable Utilization of Natural (Non-Renewable) Resources


The elements of our environmental infrastructure include natural rock and loose sediment slopes, dams, dykes, dumps o‎‎‏‏r sanitary landfill deposits, intended to serve their purpose over indefinite or at least very long periods.

We create forecasting tools and optimize material input with the primary aim to develop and establish environmental engineering principles for a sustainable utilization of environmental resources.

Subordinate objectives

  • Extending the service life of existing structures through the development of realistic forecasting tools
  • Optimizing material input for new structures and for the restoration or retrofitting of existing structures through optimized material parameters
  • Eco-friendly processing and utilization of problem materials for the retrofitting or new construction of environmental infrastructure

To this end, we have formed a cross-faculty group of young researchers - graduates from various (environmental) engineering programmes, who combine the unique approaches of each department in the development of methods for a sustainable use of resources.

The group's partners

  • Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences
  • Freiberg University of Mining and Technology
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences

Duration: July 2016 - June 2019

FIS link

ECR group 'Geothermal Energy'


Nachwuchsforschergruppe "Erdwärme" an der Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften und WirtschaftsingenieurwesenFollowing the commencement of another colleague’s employment in December 2017, the ECR group 'Geothermal Energy' in our Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering has become fully staffed. The interdisciplinary team comprises five early career researchers coming from the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Engineering Sciences, Earth Science, and Business Administration and Engineering: Prasanth Subramani, Lukas Stöckmann, Axel Gerschel, Thomas Schäfer and Tom Walter. Together they are committed to the research project 'Thermal Storage Processes in the Vicinity of Downhole Heat Exchangers during Heat-Pump Based Heating and Cooling of Buildings', launched on 1 August 2017 and led by Prof. Dr. Schütte, Prof. Dr. Krimmling and Prof. Dr. Meinert.

VersuchstandIts objective lies in finding answers to technological and academic questions revolving around geothermal heat pumps and to establish practically relevant concepts for their improvement. The group has access to powerful computer equipment allowing them to carry out numerical sample calculations in reasonable time. In experimental settings, the team can also rely on an extensively equipped downhole heat exchanger test stand. Students of our University gained first insights into the project and the subject area of 'near-surface geothermal energy' altogether in December 2017, when the members of our group hosted a seminar on energy management with subsequent lab work.

The project has its own presence on the Faculty homepage and the University’s Research Information System (FIS) since January 2018.

Faculty homepage: http://f-w.hszg.de/forschung/projekte/geothermie.html
FIS link: Thermal Storage Processes in the Vicinity of Downhole Heat Exchangers

Letzte Änderung:22. August 2018

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