Energy research cooperation with Greece: Greek–German research and innovation programme
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) at the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs are strengthening German–Greek cooperation in energy research. Since 2018, there are eight bilateral collaborative projects dedicated to various shared challenges in the field of energy.
The funding measure follows the successful first German–Greek research programme from 2013 and confirms the continuity of the bilateral collaboration. The call dated 2 November 2016 is aimed at improving the overall competitiveness and innovation potential of both countries. In order to implement this goal, the collaboration of German and Greek partners from research and business in joint projects is of special importance. The German–Greek research and innovation programme has set itself the task of also jointly addressing issues regarding not just the field of energy, but also health research, bioeconomy, culture tourism, innovation, social challenges, materials research, and key technologies.
In the field of energy, joint research projects conducted by scientists in Greece and Germany will bring about innovative solutions for an efficient, affordable, and environmentally friendly energy supply for Greece, Germany, and Europe. Along with technical aspects, economic and societal challenges from the energy transition in Europe should be taken into account in a systematic approach. Collaborative groups were eligible for funding if they work in applied research, development, and innovation in various categories:
- Energy-saving technologies, for example for the building, industrial, or agricultural sector
- Technologies for generating and storing renewable energy, for example solar power systems, small hydroelectric multi-purpose systems, wave energy, geothermal energy, small wind turbines, hybrid and biofuels, fuel cells and hydrogen generation, integrated systems for stand-alone renewable energy solutionsIntelligent grids, transmission and distribution systems, e.g. synergies with ICT/energy sectors, optimizing the transmission and distribution of electrical energy
- Reduction of the damaging impact to the environment and climate caused by generating energy from conventional sources, e.g. thermoelectric systems, extraction of hydrocarbons, green technologies
- Scientific and technological support for public energy policy: extending the value chain and strengthening the interfaces between the energy sector and the transport/tourism/urban development/materials sectors, as well as socioeconomic aspects, issues of citizen participation, and acceptance
Besides a high degree of innovation, the selected projects distinguish themselves through their high practical relevance, which results in greater sustainability and reliability in the European energy supply. Technical solutions, along with economic and social issues are incorporated, in order to achieve a systematic understanding of the challenges in the area of energy. The specifics of each country's economic, legal, electrical, and social system are also taken into account.
The following eight project collaborations have already begun work as part of this initiative:
|Reference no.:||Acronym||Project description|
|03SF0556A-B||ADVENTUS||Advanced small wind turbines|
|03SF0560A-B||MetroHESS||Use of brake energy in underground train stations by using a hybrid storage system|
|03SF0551A-C||SUNIES||Sustainable and innovative fuel cell applications for stand-alone energy systems|
|03SF0552A-C||WasserMod2||Adsorptive heat transformation: Basic research for the next adsorber generation and application for solar cooling and heating|
|03SF0557A-B||PrintPero||Printed perovskite solar panels for building-integrated photovoltaics|
|03SF0554A-C||SCoSCo||Solar collectors with static concentrators for solar thermal applications at average temperature level|
|03SF0553A-B||SIT4Energy||Smart IT for energy efficiency and integrated demand management|
|03SF0555A-B||PROMETHEUS||PROtonic and oxygen co-ionic conductors for the co-electrolysis of CO2/H2O and discontinuous conversion of renewable energy sources (RES) to METHanol and other chemicals with regard to EU rules on Sustainability|