Digital Advisory Board Meeting of the Research Group

 On 5 October 2021, the research group met with the project advisory board, consisting of representatives from business, civil society organisations and scientific institutions, for a joint digital advisory board meeting. Some members of the research group presented their first interim results, which were then discussed with regard to common intersections and research interests of the practice partners. Afterwards, current topics on the design of the energy system were jointly discussed in two discussion rounds.


In the first discussion group, Bernd Hirschl from the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) gave a keynote speech on the question: “Energy transition - but how do we get there as quickly and safely as possible?”. To answer this, he presented approaches for a regional energy market design. The associated hurdles and the role of various local actors in such a decentralised energy system were then discussed.


The second slot, on the topic of “Development of Energy Communities in Europe”, dealt with the development of various bottom-up models of energy communities, different regulatory frameworks and financing options in the European context. Among other things, the participants exchanged their experiences with ongoing political processes in different countries and existing networks in this field.


The team of the research group would like to thank all representatives for their participation and is looking forward to further cooperation!


Award for SteuerBoard Co-Leader Dr. Lars Holstenkamp

On Dies Academicus 2021, Leuphana University of Lüneburg presented the Leuphana Young Researcher Award to Dr. Lars Holstenkamp for his particular academic successes and the acquisition of a professionally groundbreaking excellence format.


Lars Holstenkamp's socio-ecological research interests focus on the socially important questions of managing the energy transition, its financing and governance. At the award ceremony, Vice President Susanne Leeb praised Holstenkamp's successful work in national and international research networks. She said that these achievements were the cornerstone for the recruitment of the interdisciplinary junior research group SteuerBoard Energie, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) in the funding priority Social-Ecological Research.


Since 2006, Lars Holstenkamp's research has focused on the financing and governance of sustainable development processes, especially in the energy sector. Within the framework of the junior research group, his focus is on the interplay between the energy and financial systems.


More information on the award ceremony and on Lars Holstenkamp


Journal article on community electricity storage in neigbourhoods in Transforming Cities published

In cities, the joint storage of electricity in neighbourhoods so-called community energy storage systems (CES) can be a valuable addition to the energy system of the future. However, if the neighbourhood storage is used purely to increase self-consumption, it is hardly possible to create profitable business models.


In the article by junior research group PhD student Jan Wiesenthal (born Knoefel) (IÖW) and co-author Frieder Schnabel (Fraunhofer IAO), potential grid and system services are presented that can be provided in the context of a multi-use by the community storage system in addition to increasing self-consumption. Furthermore, using an example neighbourhood with 75 apartments, it is shown that by flexibly adjusting the storage capacities, around 28 percent of the storage capacity can be used for other services. This is possible even with only negligible effects on the self-consumption rate and self-sufficiency.


However, in order for the potential of multi-use to be realised in practice, the appropriate legal framework conditions are needed. These currently impede both community storage and the implementation of multi-use concepts.


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Accelerating the energy transition: Research Group develops smart control of the decentralised system

The German energy system is changing fundamentally: it is becoming more decentralised and self-organised, many renewable energy plants are taking the place of a few large power plants - many more actors that need to be integrated technically and organisationally into a sustainable energy system. How can this work? The junior research group SteuerBoard Energie of the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and the Ecolog Institute for Social-Ecological Research and Education, with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is investigating how the renewable decentralised energy system can be controlled at different levels.

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