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Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH)


In our vision, the development of new technical systems is guided by sustainability considerations. We contribute towards this aim with excellence in research and teaching. Our highly qualified graduates will be a new class of engineers with the ability and motivation to create a sustainable future.


The Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) engineers solutions for today’s challenges in sustainable development. Our areas of competence are threefold: Sustainable Materials, Energy Systems and Resilience.
Joined by stakeholders from private and public sectors we conduct research in interdisciplinary projects on methods, models, materials, technologies and demonstrators to create technical systems which meet the needs of current and future generations.
Our department is based on an equal partnership between the University of Freiburg and the five Freiburg-based Fraunhofer institutes. This foundation makes us unique in the research landscape and allows us to cover the entire range from fundamental research to industrial application.

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In cooperation with the Fraunhofer-Institutes in Freiburg, following research emphasis were conceptualized 

  • Sustainable Materials, which can be produced and applied in an energy and resource friendly  way
  • Energy Systems, which can provide a reliable and efficient supply and storage of renewable energies
  • Resilience, which can secure the resistance and adaptability of systems towards environmental disasters and climate change

Find illustrative examples of research here.



Moreover, INATECH is giving new impetus in the field of teaching:

The English-taught Master of Science program ‘Sustainable Systems Engineering’ has successfully started in winter term 2016/17. Find more information here.

Starting winter term 2018/19 a German-speaking Bachelor of Science program will follow. Find more information here.


Additional Information:

Uni'Alumni 2018 magazine's cover story is about INATECH. The article and magazine are available here.