In the research unit Renewables not only the technical options to design a worldwide, modern and sustainable energy system are analysed, but also target-oriented activities to facilitate and disseminate these are examined. Renewables play therefore an important role in the work of the Division Future Energy and Industry Systems.
In cooperation with partners from the energy industry, the housing industry and mobility sector, with research institutes, partners from industrial federations, NGOs, and policy, the Division Future Energy and Industry Systems at the Wuppertal Institute supports developments towards a worldwide sustainable energy production and supply through concrete contributions.
The call for climate protection is joined by the request to give renewables greater importance both in the economy as a whole and in everyday life. In this context, it is one of the great challenges for the future to integrate renewables into the energy system, and to combine this with other possibilities of climate protection, especially with energy efficiency and cogeneration. To do so, the whole spectre of renewables is taken into account, from small decentralised power plants in rural areas to the big and centralised solar thermal units. Leading research focuses on a holistic (multi-criterial) assessment of the fields of application. Questions regarding the usage of resources or land as well as the social acceptance or the analysis of the social-economic effects and so-called co-benefits that are linked to using renewables (e.g. regional value added, employment effects) are considered. Furthermore, the institute intensely addresses the question of how fluctuations of the availability of especially wind and solar energy can be reduced, which flexibility options there are (from flexible power plants over demand-side management to storage systems) and how an interaction of these can ensure system stability.
Here you find publications on renewable energy.
Here you find research activities in the field of renewable energy.