Research at TU Clausthal is concerned with technologies and methods for sustainable management of resources – i.e. energy, materials, and data – also drawing on and contributing in various ways to the concept of a circular economy. This applies not only to the extraction of raw materials from primary and secondary sources and the design of resource-light and recyclable materials and products, but also to interconnected questions in complex processes, short and long-term energy storage, CO2-cycle management, and innovative ideas for business models. In all of this, the shift to digital technologies is understood as an ineluctable issue that cuts across all topics. In these areas of great relevance to society and science, TU Clausthal makes outstanding and internationally recognized contributions to research.
TU Clausthal’s capacities are focused on four research areas which are closely intertwined:
Sustainable Energy Systems
In this research area, scientists are looking for answers to the question of how we can ensure a reliable supply of energy on the basis of fluctuating renewable sources.
Raw-Materials Supply and Resource Efficiency
This research area concentrates on the major challenges of primary raw materials and recycling.
New Materials and Processes for Competitive Products
This research area pools TU Clausthal’s expertise in materials research and its application in manufacturing processes.
Open Cyber-Physical Systems and Simulation
This research area is concerned with the possibilities and problems associated with the growing interconnectedness of everyday objects and machines.