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The institute is one of the leading German University institutes in the field of energy systems, energy efficiency and energy management with the focus on electrical networks. The institute is headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Rehtanz and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timm Faulwasser.

Research and studies of the institute solve questions for a technically executable and sustainable electricity system of the future. The research topics cover the following areas:

  • Flexible Transport and Distribution Networks
  • System Integration of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Efficient Use of Energy
  • Electricity Industry and Markets

For this purpose, technologies in the fields of process control technique, control engineering, power electronics, centralized, decentralized and renewable energy sources and storage technologies for the requirements of future energy supply systems are being developed and analyzed.

The individual solutions are integrated in the overall system of energy supply and electricity markets. The future structure of transmission and distribution networks, as well as their operation and process control architecture is derived from manifold analysis. For this purpose, today’s electricity industry structures as well as legal and regulatory parameters are taken into account. Efficient applications of electrical energy, such as the electric mobility complement the research. Modeling and simulation are important design tools that are completed by prototypes for practical verification.

The priority objective is to create technically and economically feasible methods towards an environmentally suitable, sustainable and secure energy supply.

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Research Areas

Transmission- and distribution networks (Smart Grids)
  • European transmission network structures (overlay, super grids)
  • Grid integration of innovative equipment
  • Network planning and operations of fluctuating energy sources
  • New structures and operational concepts for distribution grids
Measurement and automation systems (Smart Applications & E-Mobility)
  • New IT concepts for power system protection, control and automation systems
  • Wide-area monitoring and protection systems
  • Grid integration and charging concepts for e-mobility
  • Distributed energy management
  • Systems for decentralized supply structures
Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources
  • Carbon efficient energy infrastructure
  • Power Quality
  • Multi-functional and highly efficient power electronics
  • Efficient energy applications
Electricity Industry and Energy Economics
  • New energy marketplaces and structures (E-Energy)
  • Integrated electricity market and network simulation
  • Future control reserve markets
  • Asset management for network expansion and maintenance

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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