Energy centre


The aim of this platform is research and development in the field of renewable energy resources in order to reduce or eliminate harmful environmental impacts. The efforts focus on new technologies of transport and processing of energy raw materials, on their effective energy transformation and modern solutions of the so-called microgrids of electric power and thermal energy making use of accumulation.


Research focus: • Tools and models to make power-engineering predictions based on artificial intelligence • Simulation methods for the design and optimization of smart grid operation • Development and optimization of smart grid control algorithms • Research in power accumulation • Research in off-grid protection • Pilot testing and verification of the developed tools, methods and models • Construction of converters applied in power-engineering and modern smart grids • Research in electromobiles and smart grids • Design and implementation of measurement systems for smart grids, including communication dependencies • Complex research in hydrogen technologies • Research in power-engineering diagnostic methods


Accredited workplace for diagnostics and operation of thermal power engineering equipment.


Research focus:
• Diagnostics of power-engineering facilities
• Diagnostics and optimization of milling equipment and milling circuits
• Guarantee measurements of power generation units, boilers,
turbines, pumps, heat exchangers and cooling towers
• Combustion tests of co-burning of coal
• Accredited measurements of gaseous emissions
(CO, NOx, SO2, CxHy (TOC), HCl, HF, O2 and solid pollutants
• Measurements of NO, NO2, N2O, and NH3 emissions
• Measurements of Hg concentration in the combustion products
• Efficiency testing of power equipment and power units according
to ČSN and EN Standards
• Assessments, expert statements and equipment adjustment proposals
• Monitoring of combustion stability
• Air balance of boilers and analogous technologies
• Boiler operation optimizations
• Measurements of exhaust fume dew-point


The Structural Integrity and Materials Design (SIMD) Laboratory studies the mechanical behaviour of structures and structural components in operating conditions. Researchers analyze the causes of degradation processes in structural materials.

The Laboratory has a range of tensile testing equipment used to determine strength and local mechanical characteristics using miniature specimens. There is also equipment for testing the strength of real-size structural components. Besides performing standard hardness tests, the Laboratory is also able to determine micro- and nanohardness in localized volumes of material. Resistance to crack propagation in structures at real stress states is determined by toughness testing under quasistatic and dynamic loading. Stress deformation characteristics and toughness characteristics are used to calculate the lifespan of structures operating at extremely high or low temperatures, under conditions of high-speed dynamic impact or under time-variable loading. Microstructural causes of material damage are studied using optical, confocal or scanning electron microscopy techniques. The Laboratory compiles expert reports on the causes of damage to structures and structural components; researchers also recommend measures for extending service life and optimizing safety.

The laboratory is able to offer complex services (analyzes, research / development, testing, measurement, technical solutions) in the field of material engineering for industry partners. Within the framework of international cooperation, the laboratory collaborates with Yokohoma National University (Japan), with TRACTEBEL engie (Belgium), Montan Universitat Leoben (Austria).

Metallographic testing (Metallography Laboratory)

  • Hardness testing (HV HRC, HB, Knoop)
  • Nanoindentation (hardness tests, scratch tests, modulus mapping, AFM regime)
  • Macroscopic/mi­croscopic structural tests (macro/micro etching)
  • Phase composition determination / structural analysis
  • Micropurity determination

Mechanical properties testing (Mechanical Testing Centre)

  • Tensile tests at various temperatures (from –70 to + 900 °C)
  • Charpy notch toughness tests at temperatures from –70 to 200 °C
  • Fracture toughness tests
  • Paris fatigue crack propagation tests
  • High-cycle/low-cycle fatigue tests
  • CTOD tests
  • Flexural tests
  • Static stiffness testing on rubber
  • Dynamic properties testing
  • High-speed tensile tests from 1 to 20 m/s

Expert reports Fractographic analysis of fracture surfaces

  • Determination of roughness / surface topography (confocal microscopy)
  • Assessment of causes of failure
  • Tensiometric measurements
  • Deformation measurement (optical/laser method)
  • Residual stress measurement (hole-drilling method)
  • NDT – acoustic emissions measurement
  • NDT – capillary tests
  • NDT – ultrasound measurement
  • Technical calculations