Participating institutions

On the university level, TU Dresden and RWTH Aachen University are involved in this research project. The cooperating industrial partners are Glen Dimplex Deutschland and Viessmann.



The Technische Universität Dresden has its roots in the Technische Bildungsanstalt Dresden founded in 1828. Today it is a full-curriculum university with 18 faculties in five schools which, in addition to the engineering and natural sciences, comprise the humanities, cultural and social sciences and medicine. This diversity of disciplines, which is unique in Germany, is possible thanks to the promotion of the interdisciplinarity of the sciences that makes it one of the most dynamic universities in Germany and contributes to the integration of the sciences into society.

Further information can be found here: TU Dresden


RWTH Aachen University (short: RWTH Aachen) is the largest technical university in Germany and one of the most renowned in Europe. The university’s engineering focus is linked to the natural sciences and medicine.

The Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate (EBC) is one of 260 institutes at RWTH Aachen University and part of the E.ON Energy Research Center (ERC). The EBC conducts research on reducing energy consumption to create thermally comfortable interiors. In addition to looking at vehicle interiors, the focus of the research is on buildings. The interaction of measures on the building envelope and systems engineering to increase the energy efficiency of buildings is in the context of energy-efficient district concepts with the coupling of thermal and electrical networks. For the development of decentralized energy supply concepts with the integration of regenerative energy sources, concepts for power generation, demand and storage management are being developed with intelligent communication between all components, from energy conversion to energy distribution to delivery and the integration of user behavior. The work of the institute is based on a large test bench equipment as well as advanced simulation methods and the coupling of simulation and hardware.

Further information can be found here: EBC



Glen Dimplex Deutschland GmbH is part of the internationally active Glen Dimplex Group with headquarters in Ireland – a leading global supplier of electrical heating systems and domestic appliances. Glen Dimplex Deutschland GmbH merges the group’s know-how and expertise worldwide to develop highly efficient systems for heating, cooling and ventilating of buildings as well as for commercial and industrial applications. Glen Dimplex Deutschland GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of heat pumps in the market segment of small and medium-sized with a heat capacity between 5 kW and 130 kW, which are used in domestic, commercial and industrial applications.
Our core competencies in the field of refrigeration include series and special refrigeration machines for industry, medical technology and commerce with refrigeration capacities from 0.1 kW to 250 kW. Glen Dimplex Deutschland GmbH has extensive expertise in the cooling of medical technology systems, process cooling and the cooling of machine tools.
Research and development activities focus on internal projects and cooperation with research institutions. For example, projects on the use of refrigerants for refrigeration and heat pump systems are being worked on and modern control engineering concepts are being developed.

Further information can be found here: Glen Dimplex Deutschland GmbH


The family-owned company Viessmann was founded in 1917 as a workshop for heating technology and is now a global, broadly diversified group with over 14,500 family members and a total turnover of around 4 billion euros. The Climate Solutions and Refrigeration Solutions divisions include sustainable solutions in the areas of heating, cooling, water and air quality. Under Viessmann Investment, the family-owned company bundles strategic investments and partnerships with medium-sized companies. The diversification area manages all venture capital investments in early-stage technology companies, including the machine room as a growing ecosystem for family businesses. The development and operation of sustainable real estate is managed by the Real Estate diversification area. The Viessmann Foundation coordinates all social commitments and represents the social responsibility of the family-owned company. All activities are based on the corporate mission statement “We create living spaces for generations to come” – this is the responsibility that the large Viessmann family faces every day.

Further information can be found here: Viessmann


Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action – The social market economy forms the basis for our society – a society characterised by freedom, openness and solidarity. According to these principles, the government must afford businesses freedom to operate on a level playing field whilst also promoting prosperity and social security for the people living in Germany. Ensuring the preservation of global ecological assets, including the climate and biodiversity, will, however, require a fundamental development in the German and the international regulatory framework. This is the central task of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

Further information can be found here: BMWK