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.
|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 Jüchter|| 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
|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
|Mathias Zech||With which methods can we support planning,
evaluation and decision-making under uncertainty in stochastic energy
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.