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Kopernikus project “Energy Transition Navigation System”

The energy transition in Germany requires a deep transformation of energy conversion, distribution and use. Up to now, research has mostly focused on developing technical solutions for coping with the related challenges. But the energy transition goes far beyond the technical dimension. The project Energy Transition Navigation System (ENavi) is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research and examines how technical progress in this area interacts with organizational forms, regulation, and behavior. It thus widens the focus of previous research and approaches the energy transition as a process of broad societal transformation. The Stuttgart Research Initiative on Integrated Systems Analysis for Energy“ (STRise), of which ZIRIUS is a part, forms a core partners of a research consortium of 84 partners.

In the first phase of the project, the emphasis is on gaining a better understanding of the complex energy supply system and related areas such as industry, transportation and consumption. Building on that, researchers and partners from business and civil society will address the question of how technical, economic, political and social structures connect to the development of the future energy system. The aim of the project is to ensure that the energy transition is implemented in both an efficient and socially responsible way.

WP1… Roadsmap and Navigation

The work package has the task to collect results from the other work packages and, based on their findings, to work out different transformation pathways for the German energy system and to elaborate the required interventions. The plural form "roadsmap" refers to a difference between conventional technology roadmapping and the approach used in eNavi: WP1 will prepare and analyze a variety of possible pathways, guided by different transformation leitmotifs.

Within WP1 ZIRIUS is responsible for the examination of the interdependencies between interventions in different sectors and fields. The analysis aims at the development of consistent policy packages, maximizing synergies and minimizing internal counteracting. Furthermore, ZIRIUS will develop panorama scenarios emphasizing the fact the German society will change also during the decade-long period of energy transition, and this societal change will yield its impacts on the energy transition process. As a central method for this contributions ZIRIUS applies the Cross-Impact Balance Analysis (CIB).

WP6... Behavior in the context of changing lifestyles and values

The objectives of this WP, led by ZIRIUS, are to identify (1) the factors influencing decision-making and user behavior as well as innovation strategies, and (2) to examine the effectiveness of innovative interventions and support measures as well as the acceptance of measures.

ZIRIUS is dedicated to the transformational potential of multi- and intermodal transportation concepts. These include public transport, car sharing (including e-cars), car rental, pedestrians, cycling (including e-bikes), etc. and are tailored to different user groups. On the one hand side, ZIRIUS is intended to promote the flexibility of mobility decisions of private households as an alternative to the dominant use of private cars. Interactions with the diffusion of electromobility are considered.

On the other hand side, ZIRIUS analyses strategies and visions of incumbent and challenger actors in the field of electricity and mobility.

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project duration: November 2016 – September 2019
Staff: Dr. Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle (AP1)
Dr. Wolfgang Hauser (AP1)
Sigrid Prehofer (AP1)
Dr. Birgit Mack (AP6)
Karolin Tampe Mai (AP6)
Sandra Wassermann (AP6)
Dr. Annika Arnold (AP6)
Contact: Dr. Birgit Mack

Project homepage (in German): https://www.kopernikus-projekte.de/projekte/systemintegration
Project overview (in German): https://www.oekom.de/fileadmin/zeitschriften/gaia_leseproben/GAIA1_2017_68_69_ENavi.pdf