In order to provide the right scientific resources for the energy transition, transmission system operator 50Hertz has established a new advisory body: the Scientific Advisory & Project Board (SAPB). The Board is composed of 21 renowned scientists from different fields, including Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm, member of the German Council of Economic Experts (“Council of Sages of Economy”), and Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel, Chairperson of the Expert Commission for the “Energie der Zukunft” (Energy of the Future) Monitoring Report.
The Scientific Advisory & Project Board has been starting to work and discus the topics of energy scenarios and system security during their workshops. The members of the board hope to delve into these topics further in the coming months, provide expertise and recommendations for 50Hertz’s different specialist departments through joint interdisciplinary research and development projects.
Stefan Kapferer, CEO of 50Hertz, explaines during the initial meeting: ‘The phase out of coal and the implementation of the European Green Deal are an enormous challenge for our society. To overcome this challenge, close cooperation between the economic and scientific sectors is necessary – even more cooperation than during the first phase of the energy transition. There are many issues that need to be addressed by scientific experts, digitalisation, system security, integration of renewable energy, efficient use of hydrogen and public acceptance of infrastructure projects. Due to many questions and the need for many different scientific opinions and angles we have expanded our board, which now includes a wider range of experts from different scientific fields, each of whom carries a great deal of expertise.’
The Scientific Advisory & Project Board is composed of specialists in disciplines including electrical engineering, economics and other social sciences, and digitalisation and ocean engineering.
Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg: ‘To achieve climate neutrality in the EU by 2050, we must radically transform how the energy market is designed. The major key for this change should center around reforming the energy prices, making an EU-wide, cross-sectoral CO2 price the lead instrument of climate policy. At the same time, the electricity price should be freed from duties, taxes and surcharges and direct and indirect subsidies for fossil fuels should be abolished.’
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ines Hauer, University of Magdeburg: ‘Energy storage solutions will play a significant role in an increasingly flexible and dynamic energy market. Our research in the specialist field of electrical energy storage systems will contribute to greater efficiency and system performance.’
Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel, University of Münster: ‘The power grids are the most important infrastructures of the energy transition. I hope that important practical steps will be taken based on the advice the board gives to the federal government or the EU Commission.’
Dr. Felix Christian Matthes, Öko-Institut: ‘The establishment of hydrogen as the fourth pillar of the energy transition will significantly alter the physical location of electricity demand. In addition to the new regional generation patterns linked to solar and wind power, this will present new challenges when planning infrastructure expansion. These challenges require a holistic approach to be undertaken when conducting analyses and finding solutions, which the board can provide.’
Dr. Kirsten Westphal, German Institute for International and Security Policy: ‘The European and global energy transition must also be seen and assessed in a geostrategic context; this is evident and widely talked about when discussing hydrogen, but often underestimated when discussing electricity.’
The Scientific Advisory & Project Board is composed of the following scientists, listed in alphabetical order:
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