We offer a wide range of research and consulting services on environmentally-sound energy use and application. Climate protection, resource conservation, and low-risk energy supply are central goals of the German Energy Transition. An efficient energy system primarily based on renewable energy requires efforts and measures across all sectors, i.e. for electricity supply and demand, the heat market, the transport sector, but also in the context of societal change. Our focus is on untapped or little used economic optimisation potentials, and on the analysis of the interactions between politics, technology, business interests and individual action.
As an established research institute with many years of work experience, we are well connected in an interdisciplinary research network, and we are equipped with a range of state-of-the-art modelling tools. Our approach to current research topics aims to integrate practical and societal aspects. We offer our consulting services portfolio on renewable energy and energy efficiency to a number of international organisations and governments.
We offer detailed potential studies, simulations, scenario calculations, and technology evaluations. Furthermore, we develop and evaluate policy instruments, devise municipal sustainable energy and climate action plans, and provide consulting and guidance for pilot and model projects. Our target audience includes municipalities, federal states, and the Federal Government as well as consumers, manufacturers, utilities, associations and NGOs.
In addition to state-of-the-art scientific-technological analyses, we strongly promote an approach of communication and transparency based on insights from social sciences and methodology. Thus, we engage in inter- and transdisciplinary research in its most rewarding form. We make a point to include and mobilise existing knowledge and skills for an optimal solution. Interviews, working groups and seminars are among our key work tools.
Our key research topics
In future energy supply systems, electricity generation from fossil fuels such as coal and gas as primary energy sources will be increasingly substituted by renewable energy sources. The sectors heat and transport will be increasingly interlinked with the electricity markets. Efficient electricity supply is a key aspect of the ‘Energy Transition’.
Heating and buildings
More than half of the final energy demand is consumed by heat applications. In consequence, a ‘heat transition’ based on efficiency and renewable energy is paramount. In addition to the heating and cooling of buildings, hot water supply and process heat and cooling are key areas for future optimisation efforts for entire systems.
Bioenergy is the world’s most important renewable energy source. At the same time, it involves more complex environmental and sustainability challenges than any other resource. Bioenergy applications have long since developed from the still dominant traditional use of firewood to the “first generation” of biofuels and through to ultra-modern process chains and applications in all sectors.
Measures and strategies
The development, evaluation and strategic supervision of measures and strategies in politics and business is a key element of our services. This includes novel national and international policy instruments, such as the building efficiency strategy of the Federal Government, or the strategic advancement of support schemes. Consulting for producers, energy suppliers and professional organisations is equally important.
Local climate protection
The ambitious national and international climate goals are unattainable without committed efforts on the municipal level. Municipalities plan, regulate, supply, and act as a role model. Thus, they may greatly influence the energy demand of the general public, local businesses and the industry.