Renewable Energy

A programme funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the 6th Energy Research Programme of the Federal Government

With the Energy Concept of September 2010, the German federal government laid the foundation for a new energy supply based predominantly on renewable energy.

In this Energy Concept, Germany set itself ambitious targets. One of these targets is ensuring that energy from renewables accounts for 80 % of electricity consumption in Germany by 2050. The interim target for 2020 already specifies a share of 35 % and for 2030 a share of 50 % is envisaged. Renewables are to account for 18 % of the gross energy consumption in Germany by 2020 and for 60 % by 2050. Following the decision to phase out nuclear power, restructuring the energy supply system is now becoming reality.

In order to achieve the targets associated with restructuring the energy system, great research and development efforts are now required. These have been defined in the 6th Energy Research Programme. The programme entitled “Research for an environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply”, which came into effect on 1 September 2011, establishes a framework for Germany’s energy research policy over the coming years.

A decision by the federal government assigned major responsibility for the area of energy to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Responsibility for project funding in the area of research and development for renewable energy was therefore transferred from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) to BMWi. The priorities of BMWi’s application-oriented research funding are areas of technology with a high potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for development, and for innovation.

In more concrete terms, the focus is on photovoltaics, wind energy, and renewable energy supply systems, as well as the integration of renewable energy, supported by the topics of geothermal technology, solar thermal power plants, low-temperature solar thermal power, and overarching issues associated with transforming the system.

On behalf of BMWi, Project Management Jülich manages the funding priorities named above and is thus responsible for major parts of research funding in the area of renewable energy.
In addition, Project Management Jülich coordinates the research and development funding programme for optimizing biomass for energy as part of the National Climate Initiative.

BMWi call for proposals within the 6th Energy Research Programme

BMWi’s call for proposals within the 6th Energy Research Programme was published on 17 January 2012 in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger). Proposals for planned research projects and formal funding applications within this call for proposals can be submitted to Project Management Jülich until 31 December 2014.


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