Energy research

News from energy research: spring chickens and mature ideas

Unusual new projects are linking research for the energy transition with sustainability. For example, resource-conserving materials for batteries are being tested, as are other innovations to cut carbon emissions.

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Germany set to become a hydrogen country

62 large-scale hydrogen projects are to receive public funding under an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) for hydrogen. The measure forms part of the National Hydrogen Strategy.

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Energy policy

Centre for innovations for the energy transition: the Future Energy Lab is being set up in Berlin

If companies are to test digital technologies for the energy sector, they need to be able to network easily and effectively with one another. The Future Energy Lab piloting and networking laboratory already provides a virtual platform for this. It is now obtaining an analogue address too.

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What exactly is the Energy Efficiency Roadmap?

This way, please! Rather like a bus timetable, the Energy Efficiency Roadmap sets out the route to an impressive 50% cut in primary energy consumption by 2045. Here’s an overview of the most important “stops” and current changes to the timetable.

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Peter Altmaier - Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Quote of the week

“Almost half our electricity already derives from renewable energy, and the phase-out of coal-fired generation has been decided and is now being rapidly rolled out. Energy efficiency has led to the formation of entirely new branches of industry. And we have seen massive growth in electric mobility during the last year. But we also know that the transformation has to take place in such a way that Germany and Europe can be competitive and sustainable.

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, talking to the magazine Wirtschaftswoche.

What the press say

This time in ‘What the press say’: Why the Federal Government wants to allow exports of CO2, how retrofitting of air traffic control equipment can make more space for wind energy, and how lightweight construction is making offshore wind energy even more climate-friendly

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direct reports

  • The whole of life in the spotlight: combining resource efficiency and the energy transition

    “SUMATRA” is the first research project on resource efficiency in the energy transition context; it started in June. The participating scientists want to make LED lighting systems more sustainable – via better product design and new use concepts. The innovative lights are to be designed to be fully reusable and reyclable. The experts aim to take the first steps towards a circular economy in the lighting industry.

  • IEA report published: net-zero in the energy sector by 2050

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its much-awaited report entitled “Net-Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector”, which aims to show the global energy sector a path to greenhouse gas neutrality. The IEA report was presented in Paris on 18 May 2021 and for the first time models a transformation route for the energy sector up to 2050. Building on the scenario analysis of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook and its Energy Technology Perspectives from 2020, the special report sets out a detailed roadmap. It assesses costs and benefits of the necessary transition and provides more than 400 specific milestones for all sectors en route to greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050.

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