The goal of the Division Future Energy and Industry Systems is to develop paths that can lead to the decarbonisation of energy systems, industries, and cities.
The focus is on technical and social innovations that can aid in the transformation to sustainable structures. Integrating different social groups, the scientists seek to identify climate protection technologies and strategies and to determine their technical and socio-economic potentials. In close collaboration with their partners, which include local authorities, states, and industries, they conduct comprehensive technology evaluations, analyse infrastructures, and develop strategies and consistent scenarios.
The researchers generate research and develop practicable concepts for resolving current transformation challenges such as the decarbonisation of energy systems, the achievement of energy and resource efficiency in energy-intensive industries, and the sustainable modernisation of the cities.
They apply incisive methodologies including multi-criteria analysis, life cycle assessment, scenario analysis, and (agent-based) energy system modelling. The research perspectives are both national and international in scope, and they are able to build on numerous cooperative projects carried out within networks (such as the IPCC) as well as broad-based experience in successful projects funded by third parties. The goal is to generate social benefits based on sound research and offering a high degree of compatibility for various target groups.
An overview of the Divisions' priorities:
The International Energy Transitions Research Unit develops solution pathways for sustainable energy systems and industrial transformation in developing regions, especially in the MENA region, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
The Research Unit Sectors and Technologies develops strategies for climate neutrality in the energy, transport and industrial sectors, taking into account their impact on energy and resources.
The Research Unit Structural Change and Innovation shapes climate-friendly structural change, contributes to increasing the innovative capacity of industrial regions, and sees climate change and resource conservation as opportunities.
The Research Unit Systems and Infrastructures analyses the interaction between technologies, infrastructures and energy sources for the transformation to a sustainable energy system.