In this interview with the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Prof. Kai Hufendiek from the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Stuttgart explains why sector coupling is so important for the energy revolution and how engineers, social scientists, economists and experts from other important fields can use the Kopernikus project ENavi to work together towards a common goal and how to find the topics that people consider to be the most important.
About the Kopernikus projects funding initiative:
The Kopernikus projects provide a deeper understanding of selected points, for example, in the design and development of the energy systems and solving complex problems.
The projects are characterized by their special approach to the relevant topics: conditions change rapidly and this dynamic is met with long-term project structures that also permit flexible controls. The Kopernikus projects are also organized systematically because they intertwine economic, societal, political and technological research questions right from the beginning. This ensures that the results are particularly sustainable and long-term.
This funding initiative has received considerable attention in the fields of economics, science and civil society in general. In 2016, approximately 1000 institutions applied for 41 project proposals. Every second institution was an industrial partner. The proposals were then evaluated by an independent board of advisors. 260 institution have since begun working on the four selected projects, including the Kopernikus project ENavi.