Energy research

How to make sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing work

The ETA transfer project has been taking the latest discoveries of energy efficiency research to the factories of manufacturing companies – the places where they can make a real difference. The project will come to an end in 2021. Time for some stocktaking.

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Onshore wind power gaining traction: total capacity increases

Over the first six months of 2021, the expansion of onshore wind power capacity has accelerated compared to the same period the year before. This is a trend that had already begun in 2020.

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Electricity market

New expert opinion looks at whether Europe’s energy supply will remain secure up to 2030

More renewables instead of conventional energy sources, an increasingly European electricity market and the phase-out of both nuclear energy and coal-fired power in Germany – a new expert opinion examines whether the new electricity mix can cover the electricity demand up to 2030.

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What exactly is repowering?

Generating more environmentally friendly electricity with fewer wind turbines, minimising the impact on the environment – Repowering could be another key ingredient in the further expansion of wind energy and it could also become easier to use.

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Ursula von der Leyen - President of the European Commission

Quote of the week

“Our goal is to protect our planet, whilst at the same time protecting our prosperity. We have the goal, but now we presenting a roadmap for how we are going to get there.”

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on the ‘Fit for 55’ package which raises the Union’s climate ambition.

What the press say

This time in ‘What the press say’: How much hydrogen will be needed in the transport sector in the future, how Sweden is sending a strong message by producing green steel, and why the German grid is more reliable than ever before in spite of the energy transition.

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direct reports

  • The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy presents new funding strategy for the regulatory sandboxes for the energy transition

    Companies and research institutes can now submit, all year round, project sketches for all priority areas of the 7th Energy Research Programme in the funding area ‘regulatory sandboxes for the energy transition’. The regulatory sandboxes for the energy transition form part of the Federal Government’s 7th Energy Research Programme and are thus an integral part of Germany’s energy research policy. Their focus is on projects that test and optimise innovative technologies under real-life conditions and on an industrial scale. The first projects were launched in 2020 and 2021. They were selected from the winners of the Regulatory Sandboxes for the Energy Transition competition.

  • Fifth annual meeting by the Energy Efficiency and Climate Action Networks Initiative to be held on 22 September 2021

    The Energy Efficiency and Climate Action Networks Initiative (IEEKN) was launched by the Federal Government and the business associations at the end of 2014. It is one of the central measures undertaken as part of the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE). The initiative is to help companies set goals for themselves in order to improve their energy efficiency and climate impact as part of a moderated transfer of expertise. The German Energy Agency (DENA) heads up the IEEKN office on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Registration for the annual meeting is free of charge. It will be held under the motto “Working together to improve energy efficiency and climate action”.

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