Universities are encountering a challenging field
involving the processes of social change, eco-
logical issues and rapidly changing technolo-
gies. None of these topics can be isolated from
each other. The answers to questions regarding
our future have to be found in the interaction of
all these disciplines. Based on this knowledge,
Hochschule Esslingen views itself as a body
that works on the close collaboration between
its faculties and disciplines. To work out a clear
profile that is also recognised by external par-
ties, Hochschule Esslingen concentrates on top-
ics that are of relevance specific to the economy
and society: a changing society and sustainable
energy technology and mobility.
This was the intention for founding the Institut
für Nachhaltige Energietechnik und Mobilität
(INEM, Institute of sustainable energy technology
and mobility) in April 2012, a cross-faculty unit
which currently comprises five faculties – vehi-
cle technology, fundamentals, mechanical engi-
neering, supply engineering and environmental
technology, and mechatronics and electrical
INEM embraces the broadest cross-sectoral
tasks in sustainable mobility and energy systems
with a focus on energy storage and transforma-
tion. This also involves energy management,
system integration of fuel cells, batteries, power
electronics in drive-trains and supply systems,
and technologies and systems for generating re-
newable energy. The latter means, for example,
photovoltaics, wind power and biomass, which
includes hydrogen systems and storage.
sustainaBle energy technology and moBility
Institut für Nachhaltige Energietechnik
und Mobilität (INEM) der Hochschule
Kanalstrasse 33
73728 Esslingen, Germany
Year of establishment:
9 professors and 11
research assistants (2012)
Prof. Ferdinand Panik
Phone: +49 711 397 3327
Fax: +49 7023 745681
Cross-faculty core programme at the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
E-City – Buggy, an INEM student project
Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, tests the plug-in hybrid
distribution vehicle, a joint project of INEM and SMEs of the Stuttgart Region
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