Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Bareiß (3rd from the left) receives the results report "Technologies for the Energiewende" by scientists from the Wuppertal Institute and the Technical University of Munich.

Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Bareiß (3rd from the left) receives the results report "Technologies for the Energiewende" by scientists from the Wuppertal Institute and the Technical University of Munich.

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Academics from the Wuppertal Institute and the Technical University of Munich presented the report “Technologies for the energy transition” (in German) to State Secretary Thomas Bareiß today. The report is the outcome of the strategic flagship project entitled “Trends and prospects in energy research”, and is an important milestone in the preparation of the seventh energy research programme, which the cabinet intends to adopt in the autumn of 2018.

State Secretary Bareiß said: “Energy research is a strategic element of energy policy and is indispensable for the long-term success of the energy transition. In recent years, it has delivered impressive results, e.g. in the fields of energy storage and highly efficient, climate-neutral buildings, as well as in the application of renewable technology. However, incentives to do research should never restrict or exclude, but should offer freedom and openness. For this reason, technology neutrality is a basic factor for the future. The results of the strategic flagship project ‘Trends and prospects in energy research’ provide robust scientific findings about the potential of innovative energy technologies and thus provide important input for the Federal Government’s new energy research programme.”

In preparation for the 7th Energy Research Programme, the Economic Affairs Ministry engaged in a broad-based consultation process in 2017. Numerous stakeholders from academia, commerce, civil society and the Länder participated in this, submitting position papers and expert recommendations. The results were presented to the public in February 2018. The strategic flagship project “Trends and prospects in energy research” provided academic support for the consultation process. The findings of the study are now to serve as an academic basis for the 7th Energy Research Programme.

The scientific analysis presented today consists of a comprehensive technology assessment based on a large number of criteria, evaluating aspects like the innovative and market potential of forward looking energy technologies in the international context, the related industrial potential, and gaps in innovation. The researchers also formulated principles for the future design of funding strategies for energy research. The lead responsibility for the research project rested with the Wuppertal Institute and the Technical University of Munich.

The evaluation of the consultation process and the findings of the flagship project can be accessed (in German) at www.energieforschung.de.