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Darmstadt Graduate School of Excellence Energy Science and Engineering

The Darmstadt Graduate School of Excellence Energy Science and Engineering at the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt which is funded by the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments enables PhD students to develop their scientific skills in a focused way, and to cooperate under optimal conditions in a highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment.


Photo: Katrin Binner / TU Darmstadt
Photo: Katrin Binner / TU Darmstadt

The mission of the Darmstadt Graduate School of Excellence Energy Science and Engineering is to educate tomorrow’s leading Energy Engineers in a multidisciplinary field of expertise needed to identify and master the most demanding scientific, engineering, economic and social challenges in an interdisciplinary approach. The main challenge is viewed to be a continuous transition from the carbon-based, non-renewable primary energy sources of today to renewable and environmentally friendly energy resources of tomorrow.

The optimal strategy to meet this challenge is on the one hand to improve conventional energy technologies and render them progressively more efficient, to meet the ever more stringent demands on pollutant emissions, and on the other hand to simultaneously develop innovative, advanced renewable energy technologies, which must be brought to a competitive technological readiness level and provide safe, reliable and cost-effective solutions.

Graduate School


The Graduate School represents the educational part of the TU Darmstadt Energy Center, an existing entity at the university. The comprehensive expertise on energy topics in different departments at the TU Darmstadt will be united in a combined effort to offer programs of interdisciplinary education and research. Four Energy Technology Integration Platforms – will be established within the Graduate School as main interdisciplinary research areas.

  • Solar fuels
  • Building integration and energy self-sustaining urban settlements
  • Smart energy networks
  • Flexible energy converters with low CO2 emissions

The Darmstadt Graduate School of Excellence Energy Science and Engineering is organized according to three guiding principles:

  • Energy technologies in transition
  • Energy technology integration
  • Evolution of sustainable energy technology

The scientific concept concentrates on efficiency and optimisation strategies with a strong additional impetus on integration aspects.

Innovative Components

The educational program consists of a Preparation Phase, equivalent to a Master’s course, and a PhD Research Phase, involving a novel interdisciplinary curriculum. The standard entry requirement for the Graduate School is the Bachelor’s Degree, but students with a Master’s degree will also be accepted.

The central innovative element of the Graduate School is to organize both education and research in Multidisciplinary Dissertation Project Teams. Key elements of this training program are an early involvement of students in research projects, training in transferable skills, and a comprehensive mentoring and supervision concept.

Other features:

  • International Research Exchange Program
  • Industry Exchange Program
  • Close collaboration between academia, industry, government, and public

Associated Initiatives

The university and the Principle Investigators have built up significant new structures and initiatives in the field of energy science and technology in the last years. These include, among others:

  • A Master’s degree course, Energy Science and Engineering
  • INGENIUM was established by the university to support young researchers.
  • The Darmstadt Energy Center, founded in 2007, has proven to be an efficient platform for supporting energy-related teaching, research, and technology transfer.
  • The university successfully participates in the Climate-KIC of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • Teams from TU Darmstadt won the Solar Decathlon competition organized by the DOE in 2007 and 2009.