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DBU-Graduate College 'Socio-Environmental- Questions of Energy Transitions'

As of November 2019, the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt - DBU) announced the creation of a new, interdisciplinary doctoral college on challenging phenomena in the context of the energy transition. The idea builds on a  previous DBU-funded horizon scan, which focused on identifying environmentally and socially sound approaches for wind energy development in Germany.

The creative, open space of a remote doctoral college is intended to facilitate discourse on the socio-environmental challenges of the energy transition. At the same time, the consciously moderated and organizationally supported college is consistently capable of vocalizing ideas, in a transdisciplinary and largely comprehensible manner, while being permanently receptive to new input.


Scientific approaches of the PhD Fellows
Sara Baumann
How can we develop a loss-reduced and robust interconnection of perovskite silicone tandem solar cells?
Marcel Hoss
Which sufficiency strategies exist in the field of air traffic and to what extent are they suitable to contribute to a reduction or shift to less climate-damaging alternatives?
Julian J├╝chter
How can we derive information about inflowing wind fields from spatially averaged wind energy turbine data?  
Michael Machhaus
How can fleece fabric be used as a carrier in the production of all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries?  
Leonard Missbach
How would climate protection instruments in countries of the global South affect the competitiveness of industrial companies?  
Christian Nauck
How can we develop and apply machine learning with graph neural networks for interactive analyses of power systems?  
Adrian Odenweller
What is the role of sectoral coupling in achieving the EU greenhouse gas reduction targets? How can sector coupling best support a 100% renewable energy system?  
Steffen Otterbach
How can we develop new and recyclable organic semiconductor materials that increase the efficiency of solar cells and improve the stability of existing materials?  
Franziska Riedel
What is the contribution of corporate climate strategies to decarbonization of Germany by 2050?  
Caroline Schmidt
Which effective and environmentally friendly technologies for power supply and usage can we develop in the form of organic batteries?  
Ruben Stemmle
What energetic and ecological contribution can the supply of heat and cold through underground storage make to the energy transition in Germany?  
Jessica Weber
How can an MCA model be developed to achieve expansion of wind energy in the search for sites and take into account the Sustainable Development Goals?  
Mathias Zech
With which methods can we support planning, evaluation and decision-making under uncertainty in stochastic energy systems?

A first overview of disciplines, research subjects and questions, as well as methods and the  emerging research network, are provided by the DBU Doctoral College-Maps.


Kick-off event 'Bringing a breath of fresh air with creative minds'

"Not only input, but impact"

In the opening event of the DBU-Doctoral College "Socio-environmental Questions of Energy Transitions" on September 16, 2020, research fellows presented their research projects on the "wicked problems" of the energy transition.

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