Current Projects

CINTRAN

Regions that depend economically on fossil fuel extraction or energy-intensive industries will be disproportionately affected by the decarbonization of industry and the economy. The CINTRAN project examines the complex patterns and dynamics of structural change in these carbon-intensive regions in Europe. It examines the pace of change and the regions' ability to cope with and proactively adapt through highly integrated, inter- and transdisciplinary research in close collaboration with regional stakeholders from four regions that are heavily dependent on fossil fuels: Western Macedonia (Greece), Silesia ( Poland), Ida-Virumaa (Estonia) and the Rheinische Revier (Germany). This knowledge will contribute to a more effective, fairer and more inclusive governance of regional change.

CoalExit

The CoalExit project focuses on the economy of the coal phase-out. The exit from coal presents various opportunities but also risks, which will be further analyzed throughout the project. The focus of the project is on the analysis of the changes for the energy system, the effects on the associated structural change and new political options for a socially acceptable coal phase-out in Germany but also globally.

DiaMo-Sylt - Insularer Dialogprozess Mobilität

The project consists of a scientifically and moderately supported dialogue process to develop a cross-municipal, sustainable future vision for the mobility sector as a contribution to a climate-neutral Sylt 2045, taking into account the economic conditions of a tourism-oriented economy.

eGo^n: Open planning tool across grid levels and sectors to determine the optimal deployment and expansion of flexibility options in Germany

The research project eGo ^ n builds on the project open_eGo and deals with the further development of a transparent, cross-network power system planning instrument for the determination of economically favorable network expansion scenarios, while considering alternative options in flexibility.

EnSu - The Roll of Energy Sufficiency in the Energy Transition and Business

How can energy consumption be reduced in absolute terms? How can social change flow into energy modeling? The junior research group "EnSu - The role of energy sufficiency in energy transition and society" has been dealing with these questions since May 2020. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the Research for Sustainable Development (Forschung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung - FONA). Six young scientists from the Freiburg Eco-Institute, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy and the European University of Flensburg (EUF) have given themselves the goal of researching social transformation processes in the context of the energy transition and making them representable for energy system modeling by April 2025.

KlimaSchiff

The KlimaSchiff project offers a holistic and systemic view of the shipping sector in the North and Baltic Seas and the relevance of this for the population of Schleswig-Holstein. The focus is on the external effects of ship emissions on the population, the CO2 emissions caused, and the associated climate protection potential of various motor technologies.

NaProWa

The aim of this project is to research conditions and criteria for a sustainable production of hydrogen in Schleswig-Holstein and Morocco as a possible hydrogen import country.

oemof: Open Energy Modeling Framework

Oemof stands for "Open Energy System Modelling Framework" and provides a free, open source and clearly documented toolbox to analyse energy supply systems. It is developed in Python and designed as a framework with a modular structure containing several packages which communicate through well defined interfaces.

openEntrance

openENTRANCE (open ENergy TRansition ANalyses for a low-Carbon Economy) aims at developing, using, and disseminating an open, transparent, and integrated modelling platform for assessing low-carbon transition pathways in Europe.
The openENTRANCE modelling platform will shed light on the implications and economic costs associated to the different energy pathways that Europe could take towards its climate goals. With this scientific basis, openENTRANCE aims at helping social, economic, and political actors in better decision making.

OptIES Dörpum

As part of the OptIES Dörpum research project, cross-sectoral regional energy systems are to be examined, taking into account local and national requirements, using the example of the pilot grid in Dörpum.

TRAJECTS

The Transnational Centre for Just Transitions in Energy, Climate and Sustainability- TRAJECTS is one of the four DAAD-funded Global Climate and Environment Centres. Its aim is to support and strengthen transcontinental exchange, research, and education on transitions towards a sustainable future. Given the complexity of these issues, TRAJECTS groups a large diversity of expertise and actors, offering local as well as transnational answers and perspectives towards just transitions.