In 2011, the Federal Government set itself the goal of transforming Germany into one of the world's most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient economies with the Energy Transition. The transformation of the German energy system is based on two pillars: the expansion of renewable energies, such as solar and wind energy, and an increase in energy efficiency and energy savings. Targets for the share of renewables in power generation are 40 to 45 percent by 2025 and 55 to 60 percent by 2035. In future, however, it will also be crucial to create the appropriate infrastructure. Transmission and distribution grids, as well as storage facilities must be developed further to facilitate nationwide use of renewables without time constraints. Other important fields of development include transitions with respect to heating and traffic.
We have been managing the Federal Government's energy research programmes since Project Management Jülich was established in 1974. Today, we pool more than 40 years of expertise in our business area “Energy” and oversee the implementation of the 6th Energy Research Programme for the Federal Ministries for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), of Education and Research (BMBF) and of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), as well as other research policy activities in the energy sector.