Ongoing Projects

Energy Projections and Technologies (EPET)

The ‘Energy Projections and Technologies’ business unit has more than 20 years of experience in the analysis and estimation of the technical and economic potential for energy efficiency of cross-cutting and process technologies as well as innovative production technologies in industry and the trades/commerce/services sector. EPET also has experience in identifying obstacles and promoting factors and deriving appropriate political instruments and measures.

The business unit’s second field of expertise is the modelling of energy demand and energy efficiency potential. This is done with the aid of process-oriented bottom-up and hybrid models, which are unique in Germany regarding their resolution according to company-size classes in industry as well as to technologies and temperature levels of process heat. The effects of policy scenarios (e.g. employment effects, industrial structure effects, foreign trade) can be assessed with a top-down model using hybrid models (e.g. additional investments, changed operating costs, associated programme costs for government and economic players).

The data for the Federal Republic of Germany are up-to-date. The results of these projections flow into the simulated policy measures and are used by energy providers and technology manufacturers for their strategic planning. The simulation of the differing market diffusion of innovative and efficient technologies in reference and policy scenarios is also possible.

IREES started developing the TRANSFORM and MatEff modules in 2006 within the framework of the pan-European ADAM project on climate change. Since then, they have been optimised through econometric equations and developed further in a material flow model for steel within several energy demand scenarios for industry as well as in a dissertation for the steel industry. These modules form the bridge between bottom-up energy demand models (e.g. FORECAST) and macroeconomic models (e.g. ASTRA). The methodological approach explicitly enables a scientifically consistent quantitative consideration of energy and material efficiency policy scenarios and explains intra-industry structural change (e.g. in the metallurgical, basic chemicals or paper industry).

Sercive Portfolio

  • Bottom-up and hybrid models (based on Excel or as software) together with Fraunhofer ISI in Karlsruhe and TEP Energy in Switzerland.
  • The information required is obtained through the observation of technology development, interviews, exchange of ideas and surveys among researchers, technology manufacturers and consultant engineers as well as through workshops with these target groups.

IREES is a member of ‘Forschungsnetzwerk Energie in Gebäuden und Quartieren’, a network of experts on energy in buildings and quarters, and in ‘Forschungsnetzwerk Energiesystemanalyse’, a research network for energy system analysis promoted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Cooperation Partners

  • Fraunhofer ISI
  • Fraunhofer IFAM
  • TEP Zurich
  • CEPE – ETH Zurich
  • Energy Economics Group at Technical Vienna University
  • Energy Research Center ECN The Netherlands
  • ENI Corporate University
  • ECOFYS, The Netherlands
  • Öko-Institut
  • Prognos
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica PUC, Brazil

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