Fraunhofer Green Deal Series

What is the Fraunhofer Green Deal Series?

With the launch of the European Green Deal, the Fraunhofer EU Office Brussels started this event series to present the research organization‘s contribution to the Green Deal.

The European Green Deal is the EU’s action plan to address the existential threat of climate change and environmental degradation. It was launched in 2020 as the new growth strategy for Europe’s successful transformation into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. To achieve this ambitious goal, the EU implements an action plan, which consists of numerous strategies, legislations (esp. European Climate Law), financial support and technical assistance mechanisms.

Since July 2020, the Fraunhofer EU Office has organized webinars together with Fraunhofer Institutes on specific topics that are related to particular actions presented in the Green Deal.

The aim is to:

  • Highlight Fraunhofer’s scientific work linked to concrete policies to a broad audience
  • Start discussions in the Brussels bubble on the issue at hand
  • Connecting Fraunhofer researchers with policy-makers in Brussels.

The one-hour webinars are organized and hosted by the Fraunhofer EU Office and the content is provided by researchers from Fraunhofer Institutes. A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is usually chosen to take up the patronage and to present the political scene surrounding the selected issue.

The target audience are policy-makers in Brussels (European Parliament and European Commission), but also associations, industry, other researchers and the public.

Up-coming events

Off-shore energy as a cornerstone of the European Green Deal

Stay tuned for further information! We will update you soon.

Past events

The Photovoltaics Renaissance – New opportunities for a key enabler of the clean energy transition

March 9, 2021

With the Green Deal, Europe embarks on the journey to become the first climate-neutral continent. More than ever, photovoltaics (PV) offer great opportunities to accomplish this goal but their full potential of today remains untapped.

The time has come for a Photovoltaics Renaissance: Europe is world leading in PV R&D, the cost of solar electricity has decreased significantly, and the number of installations is expected to increase sharply in the coming years. The market conditions offer great opportunities. However, there is a gap in Europe’s PV market: There is hardly any production of PV in the EU anymore.

Let's bring back the production of PV to Europe and with that jobs, economic growth and strategic autonomy. We will share with you the latest scientific insights into potentials for PV in the EU. Join us to get up to speed and directly interact with our experts online.

As introductory remarks, Prof. Andreas Bett (Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE) welcomed and introduced you to PV Production in Europe and Michael Bloss (Member of the European Parliament) set the scene as the patron of this webinar. Thereafter, two expert presentations were given: “PV production: new opportunities for Europe” by Dr. Ralf Preu (Fraunhofer-ISE) and “Integrated Photovoltaics: activating surfaces for green electricity” by Dr. Harry Wirth (Fraunhofer-ISE). 

 

Useful links:

Website of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Initiative for a 10GWGreen Fab

Clean Hydrogen – A chance for climate and economy

September 11, 2020

Just before summer 2020, the European Commission presented its new dedicated strategy on hydrogen – announcing a set of initiates to strengthen research and innovation, to increase the demand for hydrogen and its production as well as upgrading the necessary infrastructure.

With this webinar we sought to bring you up to speed. We shared with you the latest scientific insights about potentials and policy options for hydrogen in the EU. You were able to directly interact with Fraunhofer experts online:

Prof. Christopher Hebling (Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE) welcomed and introduced you to hydrogen technologies in Europe and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Dr. Peter Liese (Member of the European Parliament), as the patron of this webinar, set the scene. After those introductory remarks, the expert presentations by Prof. Mario Ragwitz (Fraunhofer-Institute for Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal energy IEG) on “The hydrogen transformation: Future pathways, sectors and measures for Europe” and Dominik Härle (Fraunhofer-Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and EU delegate of the Fraunhofer Hydrogen network) on “Next step: Integration of industrial hydrogen applications and large scale demonstration” were given.

 

Useful links:

Website of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Website of The Fraunhofer-Institute for Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal energy IEG

Website of the Fraunhofer-Hydrogen Network