Presenting the ENSEA partners: Germany
Prof. Hans-Peter Beck is Chairman of the Board of Energy Research Centre of Lower Saxony(Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen, EFZN). The EFZN is the scientific partner of Wachstumsregion Ems-Achse within the ENSEA project. Prof. Beck explains why EFZN joined the project and what contributions can be made.
Prof. Beck started by saying: ‘Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for presenting a long-term perspective until 2050, the so-called “Energiewende”, for the transition towards a renewable energy-based energy system. It refers to a fundamental transition to a decarbonized energy system based mainly on variable renewable energy along with the emphasis on increased energy efficiency and without the use of nuclear energy. However, even though Germany is a forerunner in the Energiewende in Europe, it is vital for a successful system integration to get involved and aligned with all European partners. Within ENSEA, the competences of the participating European regions can be pooled and complemented mutually.’
Lower Saxony is a key region of the Energiewende and the N°1 producer of wind energy in Germany. Furthermore, the Ems-Achse cluster is the most North Western part of this Bundesland and is well known as an “energy hub” – producing oenergy from renewable sources as well as energy from fossil fuels, transmission of crude oil and gas and manufacturing of large wind power plants, among many other things. The economic region Ems-Achse consists of about 350 business companies, 59 local authorities, 25 educational and research institutions, 8 trade associations and chambers of commerce. With EFZN and Ems-Achse a strong Triple Helix structure was formed to open new doors to cooperations and research and development in the energy sector, both nationally and internationally.
The EFZN located in the German Lower-Saxon city of Goslar is a scientific institution of the Clausthal University of Technology in cooperation with the Universities of Braunschweig, Göttingen, Hannover and Oldenburg. All of these Universities are located in Lower Saxony. The activities of EFZN cover the range from the entire energy-generation and energy-utilisation chain, i.e. from the raw-material source to disposal. An average of 80 researchers from the fields of natural science, engineering science, law as well as the social and economic sciences work together under the same roof, thus facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to energy research and energy system integration.
Upon the question what results Prof. Beck would like to present when ENSEA is finished he says: ‘Based on the findings in WP2 (regional inventory, strengths and weaknesses), WP 3 and WP4 (drawing up and implementation of the joint action plan) I expect a consolidation of the European ENSEA network, a number of research, development and demonstration projects and initiatives deriving from the Joint Action Plan which should serve as a basis to create a European region of energy excellence in the North Sea region.’