Competence Center Power to Fuel


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger; Dipl.-Ing. Bastian Lehrheuer

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Considering declining natural resources, alternative energy sources represent an ever-increasing growth potential. However, electricity from renewable energy sources is accompanied by a high fluctuation and partly unused energy. This leads to an inefficient use which depends on factors like weather conditions, inappropriate energy demand for existing offer or insufficient large-scale storages, which are extremely difficult to calculate. The use of this energy for a CO2-free fuel production provides one solution to tackle this challenge with the potential to be early economically feasible. The use of these fuels as an energy storage also constitutes a promising approach.

The Competence Center Power to Fuel (P2F) has devoted itself to the ambitious goal of developing innovative processes in order to achieve the highest possible efficiency in the conversion of electrical energy into fuels.

The interdisciplinary nature of the research at P2F forms the basis for a successful integration of all individual processes into a process chain from power generation, fuel production to its use. A holistic process analysis and optimization of the process with the fuel as degree of freedom is characterized by the Competence Center Power to Fuel. A total of eight research institutes of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich are working together at P2F to develop a comprehensive overall concept.


Schinkelstraße 8

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Program Coordinator: Dipl.-Ing. Bastian Lehrheuer
Phone: +49 241 80 95352
Fax: +49 241 80 92630
Email: lehrheuer@tme.rwth-aachen.de

  • System
    • System Analysis
      • Technical
      • Economical
      • Ecological
      • Social Science
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Innovation and Exnovation in the Transformation of Structures
    • Well to Wheel
    • Acceptance of Critical Infrastructure
    • Technology - based system analysis
  • Resources
    • Renewable Energy
      • Wind
      • Solar
      • Geothermics
      • Biomass
      • Water
    • Materials
      • Water
      • Inorganic Substances
      • CO2
      • Recyling of Polymers
      • Biomass
  • Infrastructure
    • Storage
      • Battery
      • Chemical Storage
      • Thermal Storage
      • Overarching topics
    • Grids & Networks
      • Integration
      • Flexibilization
      • Security
  • Conversion
    • Supply
      • Non-Fossil Carbon Sources
      • Fuel Cells
      • Electrolysis
      • Power Plant Technologies
      • Photochemical, Solarthermal & Electrochemical Processes
      • Energy to Chemicals
    • Consumption
      • Residental Buildings
      • Industry
      • Transport & Agriculture

Profile Area ECPE

The provision of sustainable energy and materials is clearly one of the major global challenges which were identified in the future strategy of RWTH Aachen University. The profile area Energy, Chemical & Process Engineering (ECPE) addresses the two most important pathways to achieve this goal: Improvements in energy and material efficiency and the transition to renewable sources.

More information on the profile area's key topics can be found here.

RWTH Aachen Profile Areas

RWTH Aachen University is convinced that in order to solve today's complex and multi-faceted problems, universities have to develop appropriate, integrated approaches. The Profile Areas are designed to address interdisciplinary topics and thus to enhance the University’s capability to engage in significant research activities and take on large-scale projects.


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