5 May 2021

Last year, the Federal Government funded 5,980 projects in the 7th Energy Research Programme.

More powerful wind energy and photovoltaic plants, an intelligent power grid or smart combined heat and power plants that can supply houses with electricity and heat in the future: The scope of energy research is broad. For decades, politicians have been supporting the various research activities of science and industry in order to successfully bring about the energy transition in Germany.

The Federal Energy Research Report provides an overview of the Federal Government's funding policy once a year. The report incorporates information from three ministries: In addition to the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, which supports basic research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy funds research projects in applied energy research. Furthermore, there are the funding activities of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, which supports research activities in the field of bioenergy.

In total, the Federal Government has made around 6.4 billion euros in funding available for the 7th Energy Research Programme during the period from 2018 to 2022. This funding is intended, among other things, to help halve primary energy consumption by 2050 compared to 2008, to increase the share of renewable energies to 60 per cent of gross final energy consumption and to achieve an almost climate-neutral building stock.