Energy Systems Research for the Future
In an energy system that is increasingly based on fluctuating wind and solar power, the demands placed on supply grids and electricity generators are escalating. At the same time, the need for decentralised technologies to raise the proportion of self-consumed PV electricity is increasing. Both factors lead to an increased requirement for solutions to create temporal flexibility in energy demand, such as, for example, storage technologies. At NEXT ENERGY, we have oriented both the structure and content of our research portfolio so as to directly confront these challenges.
We are working on essential key technologies, from materials research and component development to system integration and analysis. Our special focus is on decentralised energy technologies of future smart homes, smart cities and smart regions, with their complex interactions. Because of the close collaboration between its Research Topics, NEXT ENERGY enables a comprehensive view of decentralised structures with due regard to essential aspects from the energy and traffic sector.