Centre for Applied Research on Urban Energy Systems and Resource Efficiency - 2nd funding phase

Overview and questions

What is the most efficient way to implement the energy transition in Baden-Württemberg?

The research association "Urban Energy Systems and Resource Efficiency - ENsource" is working on this question and has been developing simulation, automation and optimisation tools for resource- and climate-friendly urban energy systems together with industry partners since 2015. In the "ENsource" project, eight Baden-Württemberg Universities of Applied Sciences (HAW) are cooperating with non-university partners, companies and municipalities.


Urban energy systems are highly complex structures. Due to the increasing coupling of electrical and thermal sectors, future energy generation and distribution will require flexible and resource-efficient solutions.

Research has the elementary task of being an innovator by providing solutions and breaking down barriers to implementation. The focus is also on consumer behaviour. ENsource supports the implementation of climate protection measures in five case studies. In these case studiesthe developed simulation, automation and optimisation tools as well as business models that make modern energy systems possible are tested. It is to be expected that application-oriented research based on concrete case studies will bring the technologies and developments faster to the market and thus accelerate the transformation process.

The research association intends to use its expertise to translate scientific findings into practical measures and thus advance the transformation process towards a sustainable society.

In the course of this, practice-oriented concepts for the application of the methods and (IT) tools developed in ENsource have been developed in ENsource.

Targeted results

The aim of the research is to develop climate-neutral and resource-efficient tools that can be applied to urban energy systems. On the basis of a systematic analysis of stakeholders and potential users as well as the experiences from the ENsource case studies, the approaches developed in ENsource were further developed and consolidated in an application-oriented service catalogue. 

Through the service catalogue, in which the stakeholder groups are addressed and the individual tools are presented, the research activities are to be integrated into practice and become beneficial tools for interested stakeholders.

ManagementProf. Dr. Volker Coors, Prof. Dr. Bastian Schröter
PartnerHS Aalen, HS Biberach, HS Heilbronn, HS Mannheim, HS Pforzheim, HS Reutlingen, HS Rottenburg, University of Stuttgart/IGTE, University of Freiburg/INATECH, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg ZSW, Fraunhofer ISE
SponsorMWK-BW and EFRE
Call for tenderZAFH
Duration1st funding phase 01.01.2015 - 31.07.2018, 2nd funding phase 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020
Extended until31.03.2021



Name and position Field Email and phone Room
+49 711 8926 2708 7/030
Professor Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology +49 711 8926 2371 7/028
Akademische Mitarbeiterin +49 711 8926 2950 7/005
Academic staff member, Doctoral candidate Sustainable Energy Technology Competence Centre +49 711 8926 2939 7/006