ES 2050


Energy System 2050

Duration: 4 years

Start: 11/2015

End: 12/2019

Participating Centres:

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam (GFZ)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP - assoziiert)
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ)

Sponsor: Helmholtz Gemeinschaft

Further information

“Energy System 2050“ (ES 2050) is a common initiative of the research field “Energy” within the Helmholtz Association. The overall goal is to develop tangible and exploitable knowledge and technological solutions on system level which can be pursued by politics and economy.

The German energy transition (“Energiewende”) is an ambitious and comprehensive project reaching out far into the future, which requires a flexible re-design of the energy systems until 2050.

ES 2050 analyses the integration of key technology elements into the energy system and develops solutions for successful integration of volatile renewable energy resources into the German and European energy supply system.

Five dedicated research topics address the fundamental challenges of the energy transition:

  1. Storage and Grids
  2. Biogenic energy sources
  3. Energy and raw materials based on hydrogen
  4. Lifecycle-oriented sustainability analysis on system level
  5. Toolbox with Databases

In an interdisciplinary approach spanning several research centers, system level research is performed in a holistic way.

In a partnership with KIT and JARA, the two institutes Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate (EBC, Prof. D. Müller) and Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS, Prof. A. Monti) of the E.ON Energy Research Center actively contribute to research topic five, “Toolbox with Databases”.

Within this topic, the institute ACS is responsible for the development of an open source platform for monitoring and data analysis of energy systems. The research encompasses the definition of the suitable platform architecture allowing for modularity and compatibility to established standards as well as contributions to data modelling efforts for integration of heterogeneous actors.

The present contribution is supported by the Helmholtz Association under the Joint Initiative “Energy System 2050–A Contribution of the Research Field Energy”.