As an interface between research, politics and industry, the eight Energy Research Networks of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) bring together various protagonists and topics from the energy sector. The research network EnergieWendeBauen focuses on the energy supply of buildings and neighbourhoods. Every six months, the project leaders of partners in consortia from projects funded within the framework of this research network, come together to exchange experiences and to promote the exploitation of synergies between projects that are thematically related. Among the actors represented are researchers and scientists, planners, architects, manufacturers and professional associations.
Via the Multi-Energy Management and Aggregation Platform (MEMAP) project, the Munich School of Engineering (MSE) is also involved in the research network EnergieWendeBauen. Research Associate Thomas Licklederer from the MEMAP project team and his colleagues brought the project leader meeting to Garching. The 7th project leader meeting EnergieWendeBauen was held on 05 & 06 November 2019 with 130 participants at the Centre for Energy and Information (ZEI), the MSE headquarter.
After a warm welcome by Dr. Vedran Peric on behalf of MSE, Prof. Dirk Müller from RWTH Aachen University led through the statistics on current activities in the research network in the name of the accompanying research. Afterwards, two currently funded projects were presented, among them the MEMAP project of MSE. This was followed by a first workshop part on the event topic "Tools for the energy system transformation", for which the participants were divided into four groups:
1. Fit for the energy system transformation - finally applying existing solutions
2. districts and mobility - the next step in the energy system transformation
3. tools for energy system transformation - (legal) requirements and incentives
4. tool chains for building, district and network simulations in the context of heat system transformation
Afterwards Prof. Hamacher addressed greetings to the participants, who were then taken on a guided tour through MSE' s in-house research laboratory for Combined Smart Energy Systems (CoSES). The tour was complemented by framework lectures on the technical background and objectives of the laboratory given by MSE PhD students. The first day of the event ended with a joint dinner and stimulating conversations in a nearby restaurant.
The second day of the event started with the second workshop phase in the small groups. The coffee breaks including catering in the ZEI forum hall offered the participants a good opportunity for informal networking. For two further project presentations, the participants came together again in the Forum Hall, where the results of the workshops were then presented by the workshop leaders. Impassioned discussions arose during which participants expressed their displeasure about the development of the political framework of the energy system transformation as well as its faltering progress.
With a farewell by the accompanying research and a joint lunch in the forum hall of ZEI, the successful event ended.
Text by: M.Sc. Thomas Licklederer