Participating Institutes


ISEA of RWTH Aachen University

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The Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) of RWTH Aachen University was founded in 1965 and has been headed by Professor Rik W. de Doncker since 1996. Today, ISEA houses the Chair of Power Electronics and Electrical Drives of Professor de Doncker, the Chair of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Technology of Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer, and the teaching and research area for aging processes and lifetime prediction of batteries of Forschungszentrum Jülich of Professor Egbert Figgemeier. ISEA is part of the Energy and Environment Division of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University.


IEM of RWTH Aachen University

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The Institute of Electrical Machines and Chair in Electromagnetic Energy Conversion (IEM) of RWTH Aachen University deals with all aspects of the calculation, further development, and application of electrical machines and electromagnetic energy converters in research, in scientific services for industry, and in teaching. This involves all conceivable electrical machines, such as asynchronous machines and synchronous machines, transverse flux machines and linear drives. The practical applications of the work are found in the field of small electrical machines in the power range from a few watts to large drive powers in the megawatt range. Drive motors for hybrid and electric vehicles or auxiliary power units are among the core activities of the institute. Further focal points are the calculation and simulation of electrical machines, the measurement and characterization of hard and soft magnetic materials as well as insulating material systems and the control of electrical drives.


ISF of RWTH Aachen University

For almost 60 years now, the Welding and Joining Institute (ISF) of RWTH Aachen University has been conducting research on modern welding and joining technologies. The work of the ISF team comprises almost all industrially relevant, non-detachable joining methods. Those include arc joining with its modern process variations, the entire spectrum of electron and laser beam welding, resistance and friction welding processes as well as adhesive bonding. In connection, also work about the processing of modern materials with welding methods, about automation and mechanisation, process simulation and also about occupational safety and environmental protection is carried out. Besides fundamental process analyses, main emphasis is put on the application-oriented implementation of the gained results into advancement and further development of joining technologies for innovative material and structural design. Also, great importance is placed on industrial collaboration.


tme of RWTH Aachen University

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At the Chair of Thermodynamics of Mobile Energy Conversion Systems (tme) of RWTH Aachen University under the direction of Professor Stefan Pischinger, research on all topics concerning the vehicle powertrain is conducted. Core focus is still the research on conventional combustion engine development like the implementation of innovative engine designs, fundamental research on more efficient combustion processes also in combination with alternative fuels, and the improvement of the engine mechanics as well as aftertreatment systems. Additional research areas include virtual engine development, hybrid powertrains, electric mobility, fuel cells, and mechatronics for combustion engines. At any time, research is closely associated with the ongoing development of intelligent methods for test procedures and engine calibration.


WZL of RWTH Aachen University

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For decades, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University has been synonymous worldwide with research and innovation in the field of production technology. In different areas, both basic research and scientific projects oriented to the requirements of industry are carrid out, and practical solutions for the rationalization of production are developed. WZL's core competencies lie in internal and external process optimization as well as in factory and production planning. In this context, the topic of "Industry 4.0" is playing an increasingly important role. Within the framework of numerous funded joint projects and industrial projects, the WZL team has been able to build up extensive knowledge in the field of process and production management, production control, and industry.


PEM of RWTH Aachen University

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The Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University was founded in 2014 by StreetScooter co-inventor Professor Achim Kampker. In numerous research groups, the PEM team is dedicated to all aspects of the development, production and recycling of battery systems and their components as well as fuel cells and the production of the electric powertrain and entire vehicle concepts. The researchers are active in teaching as well as in nationally and internationally funded projects and in collaboration with renowned industrial partners. The focus is always on sustainability and cost reduction – with the goal of a seamless "Innovation Chain" from basic research to large-scale production in the immediate vicinity. In recent years, PEM has gained specialized knowledge in the design and layout of battery and fuel cell systems, which can also be applied to stationary storage systems.