Location: SUPERC, 6th Floor, Generali Room, 52062 Aachen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt - Energiewende - Opportunities for Systems Modelling and Optimization

Chairman of the Board of Directors Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbHForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH


The transformation of the energy system poses not only political and socio-economic but also technical challenges. The envisioned completereplacement of nuclear and fossil energies by renewable energies is not possible with existing technological solutions. Novel concepts and technology options for decarbonisation, decentralization and digitalization
are required. Breakthroughs can only be expected if research and development broadly addresses the specific needs of a future energy system which is fully based on renewable sources. Given the complexity of the problem as well as the ambitious timeline announced by policy makers requires accelerated research processes which provide transformative knowledge and systemic solutions, which are "first time right".  Systems modeling and numerical optimization are key enablers in this respect. The lecture will introduce the ambitious goals of the Energiewende in Germany and the
resulting technological key challenges. The stabilization of the grid by appropriate design as well as reactive and proactive operational strategies will be exemplarily used to motivate the need for advanced optimization-based computational techniques and to illustrate their potential.