Future Energy - FuEne

Roadmap to a sustainable and eco-friendly energy transition

Urban Future Outline (UFO) aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary research on urban spaces. Within the framework, experts from different disciplines (arts and engineering, natural and social sciences) develop innovative solutions for the cities of the future. UFO frames three research areas: Future Mobility (FuMob), Future Ecosystem (FuEco), and Future Energy (FuEne).

Future Energy focuses on new ways to implement sustainable, robust energy systems successfully. The challenge to develop a holistic approach, combining different disciplinary perspectives by integrating social and environmental factors into the engineering process of the identification, planning, and implementation of energy scenarios.

The contribution of the Institute of High Voltage Technology (IFHT) is the analysis, presentation, and development of consistent future scenarios for the energy supply in Germany until the year 2050 in a pan-European context. Outputs are possible future scenarios for Germany and the systematic evaluation of scenario parameters and their dependence on technical, economic, environmental, and socio-political factors.

The acceptance of different types of energy will be investigated empirically by the Communication Science / Text Linguistics research group. This research will focus on the circumstances under which stakeholders are willing to accpet the energy turnaround. By applying conjoint analyses, it will be explored which trade-offs are made between different acceptance-relevant factors. In the project, linguistically refined text mining methods are used to investigate how stakeholder groups experience alternative energy scenarios depending on their living environment (area, region, city versus village) and related attitudes. Furthermore, user factors and their influence on acceptance are analyzed. 

The Insitute for Environmental Research develops ecological parameters and constraints to assess the feasibility of different energy scenarios in a multi-factorial and interdisciplinary context. Therefore, general ecological drivers are integrated into assessment based on theoretical domain knowledge and scenario-specific determinates from empirical investigations. To derive required indicators and resulting causal models, deterministic and spatially explicit as well as multivariate, statistical methodologies are applied. 

The climatology research group will deliver wind energy potentials for different case study locations. The focus will be on an investigation of urban wind fields for the potential use of small wind converters in urban space by applying a numerical model.


Barbara Zaunbrecher

Project supervisors:

Prof. Dr. Armin Schnettler
Institut für Hochspannungstechnik
RWTH Aachen University
Schinkelstraße 2, 52056 Aachen
+49 241 80 94931

Prof. Dr. Martina Ziefle
Human-Computer Interaction Center
Lehrstuhl für Communication Science
RWTH Aachen University
Campus-Boulevard 57, 52074 Aachen

Project partners:

Informationssysteme und Datenbanken, RWTH Aachen
Physische Geographie und Klimatologie, RWTH Aachen
Textlinguistik und Technikkommunikation, RWTH Aachen
Institut für Umweltforschung, Umweltbiologie und Chemodynamik, RWTH Aachen