The transition of our energy supply is succeeding with more effective and simultaneously more cost-efficient technologies, flexible capacity management and synthetic fuels.
Everyone knows that the objectives defined by the 195 UN members at the Paris climate summit in late 2015 will be difficult to achieve: By 2050 the use of coal, petroleum and natural gas is to be for the most part eliminated and CO2 emissions are to be radically reduced. A Herculean task for all countries, including Germany. But this energy transition also means enormous opportunities for Germany as the home of innovation and for the technology leadership of German industry in the international market. The Fraunhofer Institutes are bundling their outstanding expertise to make sure that these opportunities lead to success.
Modified and new technologies are now in demand for all aspects of the energy system. This is why several German Federal ministries are supporting the innovations of the "Energiewende" (Energy Transition). The Energiewende Research and Innovation platform, coordinated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, engages in dialog with the national players in the German Federal government, in business and science regarding the strategic orientation of energy research.
The new formulation of the funding priority areas and the formation of the 'Research Network Energy in Industry and Commerce' back up the focused support of research on energy efficiency. Fraunhofer will be able to contribute extensive expertise to the various research segments of the funding priority area, for example regarding iron and steel or manufacturing technologies.