On 2 May 2017, Minister Zypries gave the opening address at the event celebrating 40 years of research under the Federal Government's energy research programme. The event doubled up as the beginning of the "Future of Energy Research" conference that took place at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the same day. The conference was attended by some 150 energy experts from business, science and academia.
Said Minister Zypries at the opening: "40 years of energy research have paved the way for a number of innovative energy technologies. Beginning in 1977, the Federal Government has provided a total of around 12 billion euros in funding to more than 17,300 research projects. As we make the transition to an energy system that is more efficient and relies more on renewables, we continue to rely on strong energy research. Energy research holds the key to new technical solutions and concepts and to the future competitiveness of Germany's industrial base. We have made it our goal to design a new energy research programme that will be a strategic part of our energy policy and make us ready to face the future. We have launched a consultation on this to ensure an even closer dialogue with industry and science than we have maintained in the past."
For the latest examples of energy research projects, please consult our annual . In 2016 alone, approx. 1,000 new energy projects were approved for funding, most of them in the fields of photovoltaics, wind energy, and energy efficiency in the industrial and commercial sectors and in buildings. Overall, they received approx. €550m in funding.