Energy Storage

an initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Federal Government's 6th Energy Research Programme

The Federal Government’s Energy Concept adopted on 28 September 2010 has identified a large need for action in the development and testing of energy storage systems. Stationary storage systems for electricity, heat, and material energy carriers are becoming increasingly important for ensuring that our electricity grid can be operated safely and reliably in the future as well. Mobile storage systems in electric vehicles can assume a supplementary role.

Developing more high-performance and more efficient storage systems that can be operated cost effectively still requires a great deal of basic research, applied research, testing, and accompanying systems analysis. This applies to electricity storage systems, thermal storage systems, as well as material storage systems that complement each other and can even replace each other.

In order to acknowledge the wide spectrum of need for research and development, the Federal Government has assigned the ministries BMWi and BMBF to support a joint energy storage systems funding initiative and plans to invest up to € 200 million in support for suitable projects.

An important objective of the project funding is to establish a value chain in Germany. In addition, the projects can receive additional support with research conducted by partners abroad who, for example, receive funding as part of other national programmes or from the EU’s Framework Programme.

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