Welcome to SWK E²!

The Institute for Energy Engineering and Energy Management at the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences

The SWK E², which was converted into an institute in 2017 under the direction of Professor Dr.-Ing. Jörg Meyer, offers interdisciplinary research and teaching competence in the field of energy by professors with different specialisations from the various faculties of the university, supported by numerous scientific staff and student assistants. The institute was founded in 2012, initially as an interdisciplinary competence centre, and was already cooperating with our long-standing and reliable partner, SWK-Stadtwerke Krefeld.


Partner and References

Research for society and industry

The research focus of our institute is the analysis and optimisation of energy systems and processes from a holistictechnical and economic point of view. The energy systems considered are mainly from the fields of renewable energies, conventional heating, cooling and power plant technology as well as industrial energy plants. As our approach is interdisciplinary, we always take into account the economic and ecological aspects.

Numerous publicly funded projects and projects in cooperation with companies and regional SMEs have been successfully completed since the institute was founded. The interdisciplinary structure of our institute is also reflected in the versatility of our projects. Specialist expertise and extensive communication between the topic clusters are the keys to our successful project implementation.

We are looking for student assistants!

Practical training for tomorrow's engineers

Besides research, practice-oriented teaching is the second important pillar of the institute. The seven professors of the SWK E² Institute teach competences in a wide range of courses ranging from the theoretical principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, to application-oriented practical courses in the laboratories to computer-aided simulation and optimisation of energy systems. The interdisciplinary approach and proximity to companies from the business world, such as the Stadtwerke Krefeld, form the foundation for a successful entry into professional life. The SWK E² is regularly looking for student assistants to support current research projects, and also offers the opportunity to prepare research-oriented theses.

Master Energy Industrial Engineering

Study projects

Energy for studies

The Master's programme in Energy Industrial Engineering (Master of Engineering) pursues the goal of training qualified executives in the increasingly important field of energy. Here you will find all information about the programme, the individual modules, enrolment and much more.

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Technical centre

technical centre

Research laboratory of SWK E²

In the technical centre, practical experiments are carried out as part of the courses. In interdisciplinary projects, students develop and build their own machines and systems.

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Student projects

Part of teaching are several interdisciplinary projects, in which students in groups of up to 5 persons solve an energy technology problem together. Below you will find a selection of student projects.

Energy balance
Student project
Energy balance of school buildings

The aim of the project is to draw up an energy balance to identify measures for energy-efficient refurbishment. For this purpose, energy flows are to be recorded and analysed over a longer period of time. On this basis, energy-optimising measures will be developed and economically evaluated.

Student project
Student project
Energy monitoring

The aim of the project is to commission and validate a mobile and expandable energy monitoring system that can be used to record and evaluate any energy flows. After conducting a market research for the individual components, a prototype was developed. This was validated and is now ready for use for projects with external partners.

Student project
Student project
Test bench for the assembly of PV module

The aim of the project is to develop a test system and build a prototype. In addition, it is intended to think about the market price of such a system or a service with this system as well as about the marketing (develop business models, possibly consider franchise system).

Student projects
Student project
PV for the Hochschule Niederrhein

The Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences has a number of unused roof areas on which photovoltaic systems could be installed. This project aims to investigate how this potential could be used in an economically and ecologically advantageous way. The initial focus will be on the Krefeld-Süd campus.

The SWK E² team

The SWK E² headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Meyer is a committed team of experienced research professors and young, goal-oriented scientific staff from the fields of engineering and economics with extensive expertise.

site plan
Site plan and parking spaces

The SWK E² Institute is located on the Krefeld South campus in building J. Directly in front of the building there is a large car park, which is accessible from both Obergath and Reinarzstrasse.

Note on deliveries:

Deliveries can be made directly to the building door or to the institute’s technical centre next door.

If you have any further questions, please contact us - we will be happy to help you.