Basic Energy Research

Research funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the German federal government’s 6th Energy Research Programme

As part of its climate change mitigation policy, the German federal government has set a reduction target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by 80–95 % compared to 1990 levels. The key to achieving this target is converting the energy supply structures to renewables in the medium to long term and improving energy efficiency. Further targets for 2050 set by the federal government include cutting electricity consumption by 25 % compared to levels in 2008 and increasing the share of renewables to 60 % of the final energy consumption.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing funding within the German federal government’s 6th Energy Research Programme “Research for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply” for basic research and development in the areas of energy efficiency and renewables pursued in collaborations between science and industry.

The aim is to create a pool of basic knowledge and to make new research findings available for applied research. Basic research plays an important role in safeguarding the energy supply with renewables and in increasing energy efficiency. It will promote the sustainable transformation of the German energy supply by 2050. Both integrated systems research and approaches from transformation research will facilitate the technical restructuring of energy supply and distribution.

On behalf of BMBF, Project Management Jülich coordinates basic research projects on energy storage and grid technologies, materials research for the transformation of the energy sector, bioenergy conversion, the use of solar energy, and measures of transforming the energy sector.

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