Low-Carbon Technologies

In order to accomplish a broad decarbonisation of the energy system, the question of which new technologies and utilisation concepts in the energy, transport and industry sector are essential arises. How do new technologies have to be assessed when compared systematically to existing options, and what are the odds to integrate them into the market? What are the ecological and social-political potentials or barriers of individual climate protection technologies or combined climate protection strategies?

Solar thermal power plant NOORo I
Solar thermal power plant NOORo I in South Morocco. © Germanwatch / Wuppertal Institut. Photo: Boris Schinke

One focus of the work of the division Future Energy and Mobility Structures are such so-called "low-carbon technologies". Key technology oriented climate protection strategies are identified and undergo (comparing) multicriteria analyses and assessments. 

Especially in the field of energy systems, not only technological and economic aspects but also various social-ecological factors like social acceptance, environmental compability, resource limits and accuracy of fit from a system's perspective are relevant.

Examples are new energy technologies, alternative propulsion technologies or hydrogen technologies that are assessed in particular or in relation to the whole energy and transport system in Germany. Other research fields are the possible contribution of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate climate change in Germany and worldwide or low-carbon technologies of the energy intensive industry in regard to their conditions for success and their possible policy actions when brought onto the market.


Dr. Peter Viebahn

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Publi- cations

Here you find publications on low-carbon technologies.

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Which policy strategy is needed to stimulate the international diffusion of CCS technologies?

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Central Conclusions out of the RECCS project

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Working paper presented at the KyotoPlus conference in Berlin


Here you will research activities in the field of low-carbon technologies.