Close-up image of two researchers symbolising 40 years of the Energy Research Programme - Quo Vadis?


In 2018, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy provided funding for 4,036 research projects which focused on shaping the energy supply system of the future. For the first time, more than 1,000 new projects were launched within one year. This shows the great importance that the Federal Economic Affairs Ministry attaches to innovative ideas and new technological developments geared towards transforming the energy system. In its annual report "Innovation through Research", the Federal Economic Affairs Ministry now presents selected project examples and comments from project managers, and provides an overview of the current state of research and development.

State Secretary Feicht said: “There is a steady increase in the share of renewables in the electricity grid, and solar and wind energy in particular. But we must also press ahead with increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources in industry and commerce, in buildings and neighbourhoods, and in the transport sector. In order to achieve this comprehensive transformation process, we continuously need innovative ideas and developments. New findings from research laboratories and R&D departments help us to complete this task successfully. The Federal Government’s Energy Research Programme provides a funding framework that facilitates innovations “Made in Germany”. This makes Germany´s energy transition a success and boosts Germany as a location for technology and industry”.

The report presents around 60 research projects in detail. The increasing links between the electricity, heating, cooling and mobility sectors are reflected in the new topics of special focus set by the Federal Economic Affairs Ministry in its newly adopted 7th Energy Research Programme (in German).