Research at the MSE Research Centers

Scientists of various disciplines work together within the MSE Research Centers. They collaborate to examine key issues relating to energy supply and energy use.

Research at the MSE aims to pursue broad objectives:

  • Develop the use of renewable energies
  • Advance development of electromobility
  • Increase energy efficiency in the supply and transport of energy
  • Establish methods for achieving energy efficiency and sustainability in the construction industry
  • Research on energy concepts to integrate renewable energies

Five research centers and a number of overall research projects are engaged in investigating these topics. Young researchers in doctoral programs also support the work of MSE with a doctorate.

Research Centers

Each of the five MSE research centers is dedicated to a specific topic, and research carried out on an interdisciplinary basis.

Power Generation

Outside view of the TUM thermal power station in Garching
The CPG researches technologies for the generation, transport, storage and regulation of electricity. (Picture: Uli Benz/TUM)

The Center for Power Generation (CPG) works to improve the efficiency and climate compatibility of existing and future power plants.

Renewable Energy

Solar cells
Drawing more energy from the Sun, wind, biomass and the Earth's interior. (Picture: Andreas Heddergott/TUM)

The Network for Renewable Energy (NRG) carries out basic research into new materials and technologies in order to make better use of renewable energies.


The two-seater electrically powered vehicle “Visio.M” developed at TUM
Electromobility not only includes vehicles but also energy supply and infrastructure. (Picture: Florian Lehmann/TUM)

The Science Center for Electromobility (WZE) views electromobility as a system: from vehicle production through to mobility concepts.

Sustainable Building

“NexusHaus”, an energy-saving house developed by students at TUM and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA)
Sustainable, energy-optimized construction can be used to save resources. (Picture: TUM, UTA)

Besides energy efficiency in buildings, the Center for Sustainable Building (ZNB) also carries out research into planning sustainable cities, including matters of traffic, energy and population.


Endurance test in the battery lab. (Picture: Eckert/TUM)
Endurance test in the battery lab. (Picture: Eckert/TUM)

From researching the material to operation in the vehicle: in the four faculties of chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, more than 100 scientists are working together to promote the production of batteries based on various technologies.

Combined Smart Energy Systems

The Center for Combined Smart Energy Systems (CoSES) bundles the expertise of TUM for research on energy systems to develop viable concepts for the integration of a large proportion of renewable and distributed energy sources into the existing energy system.


MSE offers opportunities for doctorates, in particular on interdisciplinary topics in the field of energy research­­­­. Graduates of universities for applied sciences have the opportunity to take up a doctorate within the TUM Applied Technology Forum.