The Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group takes an interdisciplinary approach to the design and implementation of future sustainable energy systems.
The subject of study is energy planning in general with a focus on technical, geographical, economic and institutional aspects, such as energy system analysis, feasibility studies and public regulation seen in the light of technological change. Among others, the group promotes the concept of Smart Energy Systems to provide the scientific basis for a paradigm shift away from single-sector thinking into a coherent and integrated understanding of how to design and identify the most achievable and affordable strategies to implement coherent future sustainable energy systems.
The group hosts the energy system analysis model EnergyPLAN, which is a freeware used by researchers all around the world. So far, the model has been used in more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.