The focus for the first call for tender is on ‘sector coupling and water technologies’, ‘large-scale energy storage in the electricity sector’, and ‘energy-optimized buildings’. The aim of the Living Labs for the Energy Transition ideas competition is to accelerate the transfer of technology and innovation from research into practice. Funding of up to €100 million a year is earmarked for this from 2019 through 2022. Companies will test innovative ideas in a real-life environment in cooperation with researchers. These will relate to energy technologies and concepts that demonstrate great potential for effective climate protection , but have not yet achieved market penetration.
Ideas from industry to facilitate the energy transition
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has launched the ‘Living Labs for the Energy Transition’ ideas competition, giving companies the opportunity to test their ideas in a real-life environment in cooperation with scientists.