For a sustainable energy supply: Promote cooperation with France in research and development

In 2015 the Paris Agreement got issued. Therein 195 member states of the United Nation determined to limit the global warming to a maximum of two degrees Celsius in comparison to the preindustrial measurements. The goal is to minimize risks and consequences of the global warming rapidly.

Der Eiffelturm im glänzt im Sonnenlicht (TheDigitalArtist/pixabay)
Eiffel Tower in Paris
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Research and development are the fundamentals of an efficient, secure and payable energy production, distribution and usage. Therefore the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) strengthen the German and French collaboration in the energy research. The work on joint research projects with scientists from France and Germany intend to develop innovative solutions for the energy supply of France, Germany and Europe. The solutions aim to look at multiple sectors like for example energy, traffic, manufacture and households. Besides the technical aspects are economic and social challenges for the energy transition important as well, which will be considered in a systematical approach.

The announcements are devoted to universities, non-university research institutions and enterprises. Joint projects of consortiums with German and French partners are getting supported in an applied basic research. Their aim is to find innovative, cross-sector solutions for economic, ecologic and social solutions to obtain a sustainable and save energy retention and distribution in France, Germany and Europe. The project ideas are supposed to come from these subject areas:

Transition and storage of energy from sustainable sources

  • Materials and technologies for an electric and electrochemical storage, especially novel batteries
  • Storage systems for smart grids (e.g. virtual power plants)
  • Power-to-X technologies including electrolysis, generation of synthetic fuels, photo-electrochemistry and solar fuels

Smart grids at transfer- and dispersion level

  • Materials and technologies for smart grids as well as high-voltage direct current transmissios
  • Flexibilisation and grid operation (including grid architectures, digitization, storage inclusion and other technologies to intend flexibilisation)
  • Transnational aspects on a technical and regulating level (e.g. compatibility, standards, European energy market)

Besides the high innovative level, there is supposed to be a big practical relevance, which aims to lead to more sustainability and security in the European energy supply. Technical and economical as well as social questions shall be included too. They will help to achieve a better understanding of the challenges in the energy sector. Exceptions of the economical, legal and electrical as well as social systems of the specific country are also intended to be considered.

The assistance measure schedules to support the mobility of the scientists as wells as the knowledge exchange between Germany and France. That is the reason why the consortiums have the liability to submit concepts for a transborder collaboration and networking.

Last update: 08.05.2019