New report examines technologies of the energy transition
Scientists from a group of research institutes, including the Wuppertal Institute and Fraunhofer ISI, have presented their report “Technologies for the Energy Transition” to the federal economy ministry. The report examines the status quo, expectations, market potential and other factors of technologies in 31 areas, such as power-to-gas, energy efficient buildings, and carbon capture and storage (CCS). These areas are divided into six categories, including sector coupling and infrastructure. “Energy research is a strategic element of energy policy and essential for the long-term success of the Energiewende,” said parliamentary state secretary Thomas Bareiß (CDU). He added that some technologies needed to reach Germany’s ambitious 2050 energy and climate targets are not yet available. The report will be used to develop the new edition of the Energy Research Programme, which defines the principles and priorities for funding for innovative energy technology, and is set to be decided by the German cabinet in autumn 2018.
Find background in the factsheet Technologies of Energiewende.