Bremen University

The PSE Laboratory

The laboratory of Process Systems Engineering (PSE) has opened its doors in October 2015. Process systems engineering concerns the systematic analysis and optimization of decision-making processes for the discovery, design, manufacture and distribution of products. The PSE lab turns its attention specially to the current energy challenges that the world is facing. Current research relates to:

  • biobased production;
  • hydrogen economy;
  • carbon storage and utilization;
  • electrochemical storage of energy;
  • energy efficiency in chemical process systems.

The PSE lab tries to answer the following fundamental questions:

  • How to design and operate systems such that the best trade-offs can be found between multiple and conflicting criteria (e.g. between economic- and environmental impact);
  • How to design and operate systems in such way that maximum flexibility is guaranteed for changing and uncertain circumstances (e.g. availability and quality of raw materials, equipment failure, changing prices and demand);
  • How to deal with and solve the resulting process models in an efficient way. In other words, how to deal with complex combinatorial problems.

Currently, the group has thirteen scientific co-workers and several Master and Bachelor students that work with the topics sketched above.

The group provides courses in the areas of:

  • Separation processes;
  • Numerical methods for process engineers;
  • Introduction to the design and analysis of energy systems;
  • Advanced dynamics and control of processes;
  • Elements of process systems design;
  • Optimization of energy systems.

The group is part of UFT and of the Institute for Advanced Energy Systems (AES). In addition, the PSE laboratory has an excellent international network for projects and collaboration.

PSE diagram

Positioning of PSE within the Energy Excellence program of Bremen University.