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The progressive climate change, the shortage of raw materials and fossil resources are central challenges of this century. An exponential increase of the world’s energy needs hinder the nuclear phaseout and therefore the development and expansion of renewable energies.


In order to meet these challenges, it is necessary to design more energy efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly plants as well as products. The development of such products or processes require mostly during the conception and prior the construction accurate knowledge of the physical heat transfer, mass transfer operations and fluid mechanics in particular. We generally have the know-how in these fields.

Moreover, considering the energy and environmental balance sheets in the manufacture of such products and their overall processes is absolutely essential. In most process chains play the thermal and thermodynamic processes mainly a significant role. For instance, during the evaporation or condensation of steams and steam mixtures in particular, it is considered as the limiting procedure in integrated production processes.


The engine of this energy-intensive operations is mostly the fossil energy , which in turn releases by combustion byproducts such as emissions and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere . This kind of energy and materials conversion find its place almost in all technical processes and cause such well known and undisputed global warming and accelerated climate change


In order to prevent this in the long term therefore, it is required that sectors such as industry, transportation and households come in accordance with sustainable concepts, further development and technical improvements in product design and process implementation.


For these purposes, Heat Transfer and Process Design offers the scientific development, the optimized engineering and validation of innovative energy and process solutions for the areas of production, product development and renewable energies.



Dr.-Ing. Roy Peterson

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