Thermal Energy Converters

»We develop systems for cooling as well as switching, pumping, converting and conducting heat.«

The »Thermal Energy Converters« department, headed by Dr Olaf Schäfer-Welsen, concentrates research activities on pumping, converting, conducting and switching heat. Our work draws on more than 20 years of experience and far-reaching expertise in special measurement techniques, simulation, material development and system integration.

Our skills include the development, conception and assembly of efficient caloric heat pumps and cooling systems based on magnetocaloric, electrocaloric or elastocaloric materials, as well as the development of thermoelectric modules and systems. Moreover, we are conducting research on novel designs for efficient heat transfer based on heat pipes and heat pipe-based thermal switches for precisely regulating heat flows.