The development of efficient sustainable energy sources is one of the major challenges currently facing the world. Global research is focused on increased efficiency of conventional energy sources, the development of practical renewable sources for the future, and the distribution of energy throughout global networks. The effective use of computational approaches in this diverse and multi-disciplinary area is essential to complement experimental activities.
At EPFL, computational energy research is undertaken in a wide range of areas, including hydraulic and gas turbines, fuel cells, nuclear fusion, and wind and solar energy. These applied activities rely on the integration of fundamental studies in different basic areas (e.g. fluid and solid mechanics, plasma physics).
Specific laboratories involved in computational energy research include:
- CRPP-TH – Research Center in Plasma Physics – Theory Group (Prof. Paolo Ricci and Prof. Laurent Villard)
LENI – Industrial Energy Systems Laboratory (Prof. Daniel Favrat)
LMC – Hydraulic Machines Laboratory (Prof. François Avellan)
LTCM – Heat and Mass Transfer Laboratory (Prof. John Thome)
GTT – Applied Thermodynamics and Thermal Turbomachinery Group (Dr Peter Ott)
WIRE – Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Laboratory (Prof. Fernando Porté-Agel)