Press releases and news


The press releases and news announcements of the project are mainly published in German. Reports with an international dimension are also translated into English.

Current news

13. September 2018

How will the energy transition become a success story again?

At the ENERGI3 Energy Symposium in Berlin, ESYS scientists discussed with 250 stakeholders from politics, business and civil society what Germany must do to achieve the next phase of the energy system transformation. Which technologies, energy sources and business models do we need, how must the framework conditions change, and do we secure social acceptance?

31. August 2018

Scientific academies demand a rethink: Climate targets can only be achieved through cross-sectoral solutions

Only with an explicit strategic change to more coupling of the sectors can targets be achieved over the long-term, according to the Academies’ Project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS). In the position paper published today, a more robust interlinking of the electricity, heat and transport sectors and the integration of more renewables into the system is asked for.

13. July 2018

Analysis on „Raw materials“ published by SpringerLink

The analysis of the academy project "Energy Systems of the Future" comes to the conclusion that geologically speaking, sufficient raw materials are available. The challenge, however, is to make the supply secure, affordable and environmentally and socially acceptable. The analysis is now published in English by SpringerLink-Verlag.

Robert Schlögl  und Graham Hutchings
01. June 2018

Using CO2 as a raw material - Perspectives from Germany and Great Britain

From pollutant to raw material - instead of polluting the atmosphere, CO2 can be captured and used. In the two-day workshop "What potential does Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) have?" on 30 and 31 May 2018 in Potsdam, British and German experts discussed the opportunities and risks of using carbon dioxide.

20. February 2018

How does the EU electricity grid remain stable with an increasing share of renewables?

A climate-friendly energy supply can only be achieved with significantly more green electricity. Experts from the EU Commission and international experts from science and industry discussed how to balance the fluctuating electricity load across the EU on 19 February 2018 in Brussels.

24. May 2017

Resilient energy systems can prevent blackouts

The recent global cyberattack has shown: Digitally interconnected infrastructures are vulnerable. This does not exclude modern, digitally controlled energy systems. Attacks by hackers or terrorist as well as extreme weather conditions threaten the energy supply. How then can a blackout be avoided? In the position paper “A resilient design of the energy System”, the Academies‘ Project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS) provides answers to this question.

23. March 2017

Policy Brief: International energy monitoring required

The worldwide conversion of the energy supply systems – away from high greenhouse gas emissions and towards more sustainability – should be monitored by an independent expert committee. This stipulation was put forward by 22 scientists from Germany, China, Australia, Japan and the UK in a food-for-thought paper for the German G20 presidency. acatech supports their common objective.

15. March 2017

Consumer policy for the energy transition

If the energy transition is to succeed, each and every one needs to make an effort. It is not only necessary to save energy, but also to adjust our consumption to the fluctuating feed-in from wind and solar energy sources. So how can consumers be motivated to permanently change their behaviour? A Working Group of the Academies’ Project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS) has analysed the latest research developments and summarised the results in the position paper.

08. February 2017

Resources for the energy transition

Globally, there are sufficient metals and raw materials for the energy transition. However, the supply depends on the development of commodity prices, the transparency and accessibility of markets and wheather mining operations can fulfil high environmental and social standards. An ESYS Working Group has examined how the supply can be secured long term.

18. March 2016

ESYS starts its second project stage

Ten publications on urgent challenges in the context of the energy transition, elaborated by more than 100 experts; accompanying dialogue events with stakeholders from academia, politics and civil society: This is the result of the first stage of the project “Energy Systems of the Future”. The joint initiative by acatech, Leopoldina and the Union of the Academies will continue to develop scientifically sound analyses and position papers for three more years.

11. January 2016

Guidelines for transparent energy scenarios

Energy scenarios can greatly influence political decisions. It is therefore of major importance that the calculation models and results are comprehensible and verifiable. In their position paper, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities advocate the introduction of standards for the generation and use of energy scenarios in policy consulting.

10. December 2015

Academies publish position paper on the future power supply

There are various reasonable options how the power supply can be stabilised in the age of renewable energies. There are alternatives to almost every technology, almost all can be replaced at reasonable additional costs. One exception, however, are gas power plants that can be flexibly fired with various gases: They constitute the backbone of any stable energy system of the future. This is the result of a position paper which was elaborated by an ESYS Working Group.

25. March 2015

Position paper “Incorporating the German Energiewende into a comprehensive European approach”

In order to achieve an effective climate protection, a sufficient number of countries need to reduce their carbon emissions. The European Union should therefore establish an integrated energy and climate policy as an internationally compatible model for other economic regions. The Academies published their position paper in which they advocate a closer interlinking of the German energy transition efforts with the European energy and climate policy.