Monday, March 31, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(DFG) German House,
871 United Nations Plaza (First Ave. at 49th Street),
New York, NY (NOT BROOKLYN)
The German Center for Research and Innovation and the German Research Foundation cordially invite you to a Leibniz Lecture on: The Global Energy Challenge:
Germany’s “Energiewende” and Beyond
RSVP by March 27 by clicking here.
Registration is required to attend. Seating is limited.
The German “Energiewende” was already in place before the nuclear energy phase-out by 2022 was decided; however this decision heightened the urgency of some energy-related policy decisions. Germany plans to reduce its C02 emissions from the energy sector by 80 percent by 2050 and cover 80 percent of its electricity needs in the industry with renewable energy.
Total energy demand will need to be met with at least 60 percent renewables. Meeting these goals will require drastic changes to the energy system. Although many of the elements for such a (r)evolution are already in place, other technologies still remain in the research stage. Various forms of renewable energy, such as wind energy and photovoltaics, are currently being used on a large scale in Germany. Others, such as geothermal energy have not yet reached technological maturity. Electromobility will become a key element in future mobility systems.
Energy storage, grid extension, and demand-side management will persist as crucial issues facing future energy systems. This presentation will highlight the technological challenges and solutions associated with the Energiewende, as well as address the related societal and political issues.
with Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth, Vice-President, German Research Foundation (DFG) Director, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung; welcome by Bernd Reindl, Consul for Political & Scientific Development Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York moderated by Dr. Eva-Maria Streier, Director, New York Office, German Research Foundation
Ferdi Schüth studied Chemistry and Law at the University of Münster, where he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1988. He was a Postdoc at the University of Minneapolis in the Chemical Engineering Department in 1988/89 and completed his Habilitation in Inorganic Chemistry from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Since 1998, he has been Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, and since 1999, also Honorary Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum. In 2003, Dr. Schüth received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (German Research Foundation), the highest honor awarded in German research. In July 2007, he was elected Vice-President of the DFG. As an elected member of Leopoldina, The German National Academy of Sciences, he coordinated the ad-hoc statement on energy research policy following the events in Fukushima. His most recent awards include the 2013 Chemical Engineering Medal from the ETH Zürich, the 2012 Wilhelm Klemm Prize from the German Chemical Society, and the 2010 Werner Heisenberg Medal from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.