Building technology and renewable energies / Solar heating and cooling / Integrative planning
Honorary Professor at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
General Manager of Green Chiller Association for Sorption Cooling e.V., Berlin
Lecturer at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Department of Architecture and Design, Courses KlimaEngineering & Architecture & Interior Architecture
General Manager of SOLEM Consulting
Managing Director of Dr. Jakob energy research GmbH & Co. KG
Director/CTO of SolarNext AG, Rimsting
General Manager of Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology (zafh.net) at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
Ph.D. in Applied Thermodynamics at De Montfort University Leicester, U.K.
Scientific Assistant at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.(FH)), Studies of Building Physics at Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart
COOLING DOWN will propose a vision for a renewable cooling sector in Europe in the coming decades, and issue policy recommendations and proposals to achieve it. To develop this vision, extensive research about the potential of renewable cooling technologies (geothermal and solar thermal cooling) – in line with the Renewable Energy Directive Article 7 requirements for eligibility as renewable cooling – and the projected trends for cooling.
SorpTES will develop a modular, compact, loss-free, thermo-chemical heat storage system. Due to the absorption processes it is capable to store energy as well as to produce heat or cold. This product development accelerates the transition of heating and cooling towards renewable, environmentally friendly systems.
BEEN (Building Energy Efficiency in Nepal) is an international project funded under the EU SWITCH-Asia Grants Programme in the field of Sustainable Housing and Building. It facilitates the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular building sector by supporting green technologies through capacity building and policy and finance interventions.
LevelUP (Upgrading of local markets through the use of biogenic residues) will demonstrate the feasibility of using biomass for electricity and combined heating and cooling production at a real research and demonstration plant, thus making an important contribution to the development of needs-based and climate-friendly electricity generation in Ghana.
REGEN-BY-2 will research, design, construct and experiment a lab-scale prototype of a two-phase fluid cycle, which is constituted by both liquid and vapor phases. This machine can convert (from small to large-scale) any typology of renewable thermal source from low to high temperature (e.g. solar, aerothermal, geothermal, hydrothermal) including additional thermal sources (e.g. waste heat) in energy vectors, i.e. electric, heating and-or cooling powers.
TRAIN4SUSTAIN stimulated the demand for skilled construction sector professionals (architects, contractors-SMEs and workers) through raising acceptance of regional and national qualifications and skills on the EU construction market. To this end, comparability of national qualifications and sustainable energy skills is key for increased transparency and penetration power in the market.
The INNOVEAS project addressed the issues regarding the low uptake of energy auditing practices by European Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). European SMEs are exempt of the obligation to carry out energy audits; nevertheless energy transition is a joint task. INNOVEAS enhanced the willingness to invest in energy efficiency improvements in industrial processes.
Minimized energy demand for heating (domestic hot water), ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) in buildings is a major premise for the implementation of solar HVAC systems. The nearly zero Energy Building Concept and solar HVAC complement each other well and lead to a joint integral solution far beyond state of the art. Innovative applications of solar cooling and heating components and new building integration methods are the core of the sol.e.h2 project.
The target of the HyCool project is to increase the current use of solar heat in industry processes by coupling of a new Fresnel CSP solar thermal collectors (FCSP) system together with a Hybrid Heat Pumps (HHP), which is a combination of adsorption and compressor based heat pump.
The IntenCITY project aims to establish a network and communication platform with Eastern Europe to initiate research projects in the field of strategies for the demand-oriented integration of intelligent, flexible and efficient heat generation in urban energy systems.
NewTREND sought to improve the energy efficiency of the existing European building stock and to improve the current renovation rate by developing a new participatory integrated design methodology targeted to the energy retrofit of buildings and neighbourhoods, establishing energy performance as a key component of refurbishments.
With the aim of reducing the primary energy requirement in the building sector, which is estimated at 40% of the total energy requirement worldwide, this DiReg project aimed to investigate collector regenerators for an innovative, direct solar thermal regenerated liquid sorption system for air conditioning in buildings.
Resource and energy efficient manufacturing combined cutting edge knowledge and experience from production processes, energy simulation software tools, energy and resource planning and renewable energy and storage to develop and demonstrate a methodology and platform likely to boost the efficiency of both energy and material resources.
The FRESH NRG project aimed to optimize a Linear Fresnel Collector (LFC) with a target efficiency above 50% at 250°C for industrial use.
The InSun project has demonstrated the reliability and quality of large scale solar thermal systems for different types of industrial process heat applications on medium and high temperature levels.
POLYCITY was a project of the CONCERTO initiative, co-funded by the European Commission. In the course of the POLYCITY Project, three large urban areas in Germany, Spain and Italy were developed, particularly in the field of energy optimisation and the use of renewable energies.