Thermal Energy Converters

»We pump, convert, conduct and switch heat – tailored to novel applications.«

In the »Thermal Energy Converters« department, headed by Dr Olaf Schäfer-Welsen, we focus on functional materials with special physical properties. We use caloric and thermoelectric materials to build innovative systems for cooling, temperature control, and converting heat into electricity.

Using these materials in heat pumps, cooling systems, and generators makes the systems we develop especially environmentally friendly, cost-efficient, and durable. Beyond that, we devise, build, and characterize new types of heat pipes, especially pulsating heat pipes, for efficient heat transfer.