Regio TransKMU – Regional Transformation through socially and environmentally responsible companies

Supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) under the “Social- Ecological Research” (SÖF) funding program.

Cooperation partners: Center for Renewable Energy (ZEE) at the University of Freiburg, Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut e.V.) and the Office for Climate Protection and Sustainability of the Steinfurt district.

ZEE: Lead in overall project management and research activities related to subproject 1: Regional added value through social and ecological SME activities: skilled employees, business partners and customers.


HyCO2 – CO2 Hydrogenation for the production of liquid fuels as a basic technology for chemical storage of fluctuating renewable energy

Supported by the Performance Centre for Sustainability at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the University of Freiburg.

Cooperation partners: Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE) and Institute for Anorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Freiburg, Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer IWM.

ZEE: Social science research accompanying project activities’ (in particular identification of potential areas of social conflict; social assessment of different utilization pathways for liquid energy carriers and the conversion/utilization of CO2 or the processes developed as part of the project.)


SonaTe – Social Neighborhood and Technology

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the “Innovation for municipalities and regions with a demographic change” research program (InnvovaKomm).

Cooperation partners: Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE) and Institute for Microsystems-Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg and the Freiburg Innovation and Research Association at the Freiburg Protestant University of Applied Sciences.

ZEE: Lead of the sub-project on value- added analysis and organization models.


Doctoral research program “Decentralized sustainable energy systems” at the University of Freiburg and Offenburg University for Applied Science in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institutes ISE and IPM in the Centre for Renewable Energy of the University of Freiburg (ZEE). Interdisciplinary doctoral research program comprising 12 scholarships. Supported by the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.

ZEE: Supervision of doctoral research.


"RE-regions: Socio-ecology of Self Sufficiency"

The project is about finding factors of success for concepts that are aimed at the complete energy supply (electricity and heat) on the basis of renewable energies.

Focus of the project is bio-energy. An extensive examination including ecological and social chances and risks is planned. Further information (only in German): http://www.ee-regionen.de

"Distributed Micro-Biogas Production (Micro-Biogas)" - completed

The project deals with the development of regional approaches to the decentralised sustainable production of biogenic waste materials for micro-biogas at the level of municipalities and counties. The region of Schwäbisch Hall will serve as an example and a feasability study. For a successful implementation of the concept, ecological and socio-economic conditions and their effects will be analysed. Moreover, the key players will be involved in the analysis process.

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„Studie Kommunale Wertschöpfungsketten - abgeschlossen"

Kommunen sind wichtige Treiber beim Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien und können gleichzeitig in relevantem Umfang Profiteure sein. Denn im Regelfall werden bisher importierte Energierohstoffe oder Endenergie durch heimische Energiequellen und oft auch Technologien und Dienstleistungen ersetzt. Wie groß jedoch die Anteile genau sind, die in den Kommunen aus ökologischer Sicht erwirtschaftet werden können, d.h. welche Stufen der Wertschöpfung dort in aller Regel in welchem Umfang stattfinden, ist bislang wenig bekannt. Ziel der Studie ist somit darzustellen, wie viel Wertschöpfung die deutschen Städte und Gemeinden durch den Einsatz von erneuerbaren Energien und deren Ausbau bis 2020 erwirtschaften.

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"Klinergie 2020 – Energy efficiency and Renewable Energies in German hospitals"

The foundation viamedica is carrying out an information campaign together with the ZEE, which is aimed at:

- lowering the running costs

- saving energy

- optimizing energy efficiency

- avoiding CO2

- using renewable energies

Further information (only in German): www.klinergie.de