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Annual Report on research funding in 2010 published
21.07.2011

Research on renewable energies

In its 2010 Annual Report, the German Federal Ministry of the Environment has presented its focal areas for funding research in the field of renewable energies. Topics include wind energy, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, solar thermal power plants, geothermal energy, the optimisation of energy supply systems, ocean power, interrelated issues and international collaboration.

With its decision to phase out nuclear power, Germany has paved the way into the age of renewable energy. The technological innovations from energy research make a decisive contribution in providing Germany with a secure energy supply. Renewable energies already supply 16.8% (2010) of the gross electricity provision and 9.8% (2010) of the heating provision.

With its annual “Innovation Through Research” report, the German Federal Ministry of the Environment creates transparency in regards to research funding. In 2010, a total of 580 projects were funded to the tune of 120.2 million euros. Research focus points include optimising the energy supply systems and redesigning and expanding the networks in order to integrate the increasing proportion of renewable energies securely and effectively within the electricity supply.

The German Federal Ministry of the Environment’s German brochure “Innovation durch Forschung – Jahresbericht 2010 zur Forschungsförderung im Bereich der erneuerbaren Energien” can be downloaded from www.erneuerbare-energien.de or can be requested as a printed brochure.
The BMU has supplemented this report with its latest statistical data. The English publication "Renewable Energy Sources in Figures – National and International Development" provides detailed information on the development of renewable energy in 2010 in Germany, the EU and globally, and includes a diverse range of tables and graphics.

Research yearbook

For scientists looking for detailed information on individual research projects, the “Forschungsjahrbuch Erneuerbare Energien 2010“ (renewable energy research yearbook) provides a useful supplement. In addition to the booklet, the enclosed CD provides a search function that makes it possible to search for participating persons or institutions, topics, project numbers and much more, thus making it possible to narrow down selected projects. In many cases these contain detailed project descriptions in pdf format. Further information in German is available at www.forschungsjahrbuch.de. Scientists can obtain the “Forschungsjahrbuch Erneuerbare Energien 2010” free of charge from Ms Meike Bierther at Project Management Organisation Jülich.

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