Energy Research

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The availability of affordable, clean energy and climate protection are among the 17 sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations in 2016, with the aim of achieving them by 2030. The transformation of energy systems, of mobility and of the value chains for fuel materials towards the use of renewable energies is an important and central element in achieving these goals.

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As part of the key research area Energy Research, more than 300 scientists from Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) are working on these issues. LUH is home to outstanding competencies in the areas of wind and solar energy research. An additional focus is electrical power engineering, spanning from power electronics to high-voltage engineering to energy informatics. Researchers are also investigating the transport and intermediate storage of energy, as well as thermal and electrochemical energy conversion. The research examines both systemic linkages and interactions with the environment and society. With the opening of the expanded Large Wave Flume in 2023 (one of the largest in the world), the Dynamics of Energy Conversion research building and the Test Centre for Support Structures, Leibniz University Hannover is home to unique research infrastructures. Among other things, these facilities enable experimental studies of support structures and foundation elements for wind turbines on a large scale, or the investigation of questions regarding the conversion of power plants for operation using hydrogen and the adaptation of aeronautical gas turbines to enable the use of alternative fuels.

Through the close cooperation with partner institutions, LUH’s energy research benefits from a strong network of university and non-university research facilities – for example, the Energy Research Centre of Lower Saxony or ForWind, the joint wind energy research centre of the universities of Bremen, Hannover and Oldenburg.

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