HITEC Research in Energy and Climate is interdisciplinary and international

Challenging questions, exciting research, a pool of PhD theses

HITEC covers the fields of energy and climate research for a sustainable future. The grand challenge - how can society be supplied with energy on a global scale – can only be answered if we develop environmentally friendly renewable energy concepts, i.e. if we succeed in using fossil fuels more efficiently in the future, in refining stationary storage technologies, in tapping completely new energy sources, and in increasing the proportion of renewable energies in the energy mix.

About 300 senior scientists and up to 200 doctoral fellows coming from various disciplines are investigating modern energy conversion technologies within the framework of climate and environmental protection in Jülichs’ Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK). The topics IEK covers in the energy sector range from materials science, photovoltaics and fuel cells, through nuclear fusion and nuclear safety research, right up to innovative coal and gas power plants. In the climate sector, attention is focused on the atmosphere. The chemistry and dynamics of anthropogenic and natural trace gases such as water vapour, hydroxyls and carbon dioxide are monitored in the atmosphere by means of measuring instruments on the ground, in the air and in space. Jülichs' research in analysis of energy systems complements the spectrum and is an important cornerstone for the transition process towards alternative energy sources and provides advice for our society, politics and industry.

Research fields in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research

HITEC research also encompasses energy and climate research from 5 partner universities. All IEK directors and many principle investigators (PIs) have a joint appointment with either RWTH Aachen University, University of Bochum, University of Cologne, University of Düsseldorf, and University of Wuppertal. The PhD degree will always be awarded by a university even if the research is performed on Jülich campus.

HITEC research is further embedded in a wealth of scientific collaborations: with scientists of the Helmholtz Association, in projects of the European framework programme and in international projects.

Energy and Climate Research at Helmholtz

Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association. The Helmholtz Association is a community of 18 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centres. These centres have been commissioned with pursuing long-term research goals on behalf of the state and society. Helmholtz Centres perform top-class research in centre-embracing and strategic Research Programmes in six core fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Structure of Matter, Aeronautics, Space and Transport.