The ZEE acts as a central scientific facility; it brings together scientific institutions within the university that engage in renewable energy problems in research and education, as well as forming cooperation agreements with institutions from outside the university in the areas of research, education, and advanced training. The ZEE is interdisciplinary and cross-faculty and currently involves seven of the University of Freiburg’s 11 faculties.

The ZEE is responsible for fundamental, practice-oriented research, as well as industry-related research and development. Preparation for high calibre Master and PhD programmes is currently in progress.

The ZEE belongs to a research association, of which the following members are of equal standing:

Forest Research Institute

The Forest Research Institute in Freiburg is a research facility of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg with excellent expertise in the field of applied wood-energy research, amongst others.

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems is a global leader in applied solar research and plays an important role in the area of solar energy systems.

Offenburg University of Applied Sciences

The Offenburg University of Applied Sciences displays excellence in the field of education as well as applied research and development with its Faculty for Mechanical and Process Engineering. This makes the university an important partner for the ZEE.

Öko-Institut e.V.

The renowned Freiburg "Öko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology" will be economically and politically involved in both the climate protection and energy areas of the Centre.