Economics, Environment and Research Ministries launch beacon projects for the storage initiative
Joint press release of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
The Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology (BMWi), for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), and of Education and Research (BMBF) have launched 60 innovative research projects in the field of energy storage technologies. In order to enable Germany to meet 80% of its electricity needs from renewable sources, whilst maintaining the level of energy security, the Federal Government's "Energy Storage" promotion scheme aims to foster the necessary technological breakthroughs and cost reductions, and to help new energy storage facilities to be brought rapidly to the market.
In addition to the "wind-hydrogen coupling" project, to the projects concerned with producing hydrogen or methane via surplus wind energy, and to the "batteries in distribution grids" project, which involves the coupling of battery storage facilities with distributed renewable energy facilities, especially photovoltaics, support is also being provided for energy systems analysis and thermal storage units. Furthermore, in order to secure the skills needed for the transformation of the energy system in the long term, funding is going to groups of young scientists at five German universities so that they can undertake interdisciplinary research into various storage technologies.