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2021 Amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act: ambitious expansion of renewables up to 2030

More renewables for better mitigation of climate change

The amendment of the RES Act will enable the auction volumes for the respective types of renewables up to 2030 to be determined clearly and transparently. The declared goal: to raise the share of renewable energy in gross electricity consumption to 65% by 2030. Find out more

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Energy policy

How Europe is to reach the 2030 energy and climate targets

The EU's energy ministers have held an informal video conference on how to best achieve the EU's ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030. Find out more

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What actually is the Federal Requirements Plan?

Our cardiovascular system, with its extensive network of blood vessels, keeps enough blood flowing through our whole body, right to the tips of our toes. Parts of the body which need a lot of blood get a lot of blood. If we make our body work hard, our heart rate rises. Read on to learn more about what this has to do with the Federal Requirements Plan! Find out more

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Energy research

Innovative thermal insulation for high-temperature furnaces

An airhead becomes a super insulator: air accounts for more than 90% of the volume of carbon aerogels. In future, these aerogels could more than double the thermal insulation efficiency of high-temperature furnaces. The AeroFurnace research project is studying what the lightweight substances can do. Find out more

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Quote of the week

'I am convinced that we can achieve even highly ambitious climate and environmental targets if we take the justified interests of the business community seriously and respond to them. We can make some further progress on this historic compromise, which I fully advocate and propose, in the Renewable Energy Sources Act.'

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, on the 2021 revision of the Renewable Energy Sources Act

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What the press say

This time in 'What the press say': views from EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson on raising the EU’s climate targets, tips on how to heat and save energy in the cold months, and renewables generating jobs around the world. Find out more

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  • Baltic Sea countries looking to cooperate more closely on offshore wind (in German only)

    The EU countries around the Baltic wish to foster the expansion of wind energy and intend to step their cooperation to this end. For this reason, they signed a joint declaration initiated by Poland at the end of September 2020, the Baltic Sea Offshore Wind Joint Declaration of Intent. The initiative aims to form a joint working group to boost cooperation. State Secretary Feicht said: 'Offshore wind energy is a priority of the German EU Council Presidency. Going forward, we want to continue implementing cross-border offshore projects with our neighbours. Against this background, I am particularly pleased that progress is also being made on the generation of clean energy at sea in the Baltic Sea region.' In addition to the EU Council Presidency, Germany also currently holds the presidency of the North Seas Energy Cooperation. Greater use can now be made of the experience gained in rolling out offshore wind energy in the North Sea in cooperation with other countries around the Baltic. Germany currently has 7.7 gigawatts of installed offshore capacity, of which around 1 gigawatt is located in the Baltic.

  • Launch of the hydrogen research network (in German only)

    The hydrogen research network established by the Economic Affairs Ministry commenced its work at the end of September 2020 at an opening event with more than 1,000 participants. The network brings stakeholders from business, research and policy-making together to share ideas about aspects of generation, storage, distribution and the cross-sectoral use of hydrogen. The intention is to accelerate the transfer of innovative hydrogen technologies to the market. The hydrogen research network, announced in the National Hydrogen Strategy, is the ninth research network launched as part of the Energy Research Programme. It will deliver key ideas for research and innovation policy in the field of hydrogen with a view to fostering practical applications. State Secretary Andreas Feicht said: 'As an energy source of the future, hydrogen is a central element of our efforts to tackle global warming and to foster a successful energy transition. By adopting the National Hydrogen Strategy, we have paved the way for Germany to rank first in the world in the field of hydrogen technologies.'

  • Final SINTEG Conference live on 28 and 29 October 2020 (in German only)

    Four years have passed since the 'SINTEG Smart Energy Showcases - Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition' funding programme was launched in order to deliver blueprints for an energy system which is primarily based on renewable energy. Grid operators, energy utilities, industry, municipal firms and representatives of the scientific community have been working together on the development and testing of new solutions in five model regions around Germany. The findings will be presented at the final SINTEG Conference on 28 and 29 October 2020. The conference will be held online and can be followed in a live stream on both days. A diverse programme will look at issues like digitisation, participation, public acceptance, potential and mechanisms for flexibility, and sector coupling. The event will also consider how policy-makers can make use of the momentum generated by SINTAG to shape the policy environment for the energy transition.

  • Survey into resource efficiency and the circular economy (in German only)

    'Resource-efficiency for the energy transition' and the 'Circular economy' are two new horizontal issues which the Federal Government has included in the Energy Research Programme. A survey to prepare the first call under the 'Resource efficiency in the context of the energy transition' funding priority is running until 6 November. The intention is to clarify the precise need for research more precisely. The idea is that the value inherent in products, materials, and resources used in the economy is to be upheld and retained for as long as possible, which helps minimise the volume of waste and emissions. The focus of the survey is therefore on the research requirements of companies and research institutions in the energy sector and in energy-intensive industry. Participants can highlight the requirements of relevance to them in the field of the circular economy and add their own topics which have yet to be included.

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