EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research) is a research institute founded in 2001 by EDF and the KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), with the ambition (a) to be the center of excellence on “Sustainable Cities” and “Distributed energy” for EDF R&D, (b) to develop partnerships with research institutes in Germany and in Europe and (c) to intensify the link between the research networks and industry. EIFER is employing about 110 researchers, with a wide range of scientific competencies.  In 2014, EIFER employs around 110 staff members of different nationalities, with multi-disciplinary skills.

What we do

Together with international research entities, EIFER aims at creating values for our two members and their respective partners: cities, local communities, and industries. EIFER focuses on three strategic priorities to tackle the challenge of the energy transition:

  • Contribution to Sustainable City Engineering through integrated approaches, models and tools for the multi-sectorial analysis of cities and territories, for strategic planning
  • Development of Local Energy Concepts and Solutions from technology road-maps and local resources analysis towards support to operational projects. Relevant for ene.field, this includes research in fuel cells and other decentralized mCHP and heating devices.
  • Analysis of the Trends and Interactions within Energy Systems through simulation at different scales and European prospective analysis using a systemic approach

Our role in the ene.field project

In the ene.field project, EIFER’s role concerns its competences regarding the development of fuel cells and the evaluation of environmental impacts. Being principally involved in the analysis work package, EIFER’s main task is to carry out (environmental) Life Cycle Assessments of fuel cell-based mCHP and relevant alternative systems.


Mr Philipp Preiss