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The research group ECODESIGN

As a research group of the department for engineering design and product development we have been working in the field of ECODESIGN in a national and international context since 1996. The main focus of our work lies in the development of ECODESIGN tools (see QUICK LINKS on the right side) and their implementation in cooperation with companies. Additionaly we provide academic teaching and workshops related to ECODESIGN.

Our research interests range from raising awareness, the development of environmental assessment methods, product improvements to environmental communication methods.

The long standing project experience and the established contacts to various project partners enable us to participate in various national and international funding programs. In addition to our Team we have a pool of motivated students interested in researching ECODESIGN questions within the scope of a diploma or PhD thesis.


Donnerstag, 2021-09-16

Neues Qualifizierungsprojekt für Unternehmen geplant - circular design_BAU - save the date 05.10.2021!

Die Forschungsgruppe Ecodesign plant eine neue Schulungsmaßnahme zu kreislaufoptimierten Baukomponenten und Geschäftsmodellen. Eine Info-Veranstaltung für interessierte Unternehmen findet am 05. Oktober 2021 statt! Mehr

Current research projects

SPECTRE - Seminar for circular economy-inspired product and business model development

Goal: competence development for manufacturing businesses related to the circular economy



DUKE - Decarbonised companies through circular economy (2021-2022)

Goal: Creating a knowledge basis to reduce GHG-emissions in the production of goods effectively



4E Power Electronic Conversion Technology Annex PECTA Task B  (since 2020)

Goal: Analysis of environmental impacts of specific reference products with wide bandgap semiconductors compared to conventional Si-based semiconductor products

CircularStart - Circular Start into Business (since 2019)

Goal: Support incubators and consultants to integrate in sustainability aspects in their trainings for start-ups

Current courses

307.438 Engineering Design and Development of New Products

Subject of the course: Starting with clarifying the tasks, developing the functional structure to concept design and detailed design the different stages of product development are presented in this exercise. The focus is on the early stages of product development.

307.439 Product Development, Innovation and Ecodesign

Subject of the course: Using examples from industry the application of the methods and techniques will be demonstrated. Additionally real product developments tasks aiming at new solutions for a given problem have to be solved during that course.