The Chair of Energy Economics is pleased to announce that the BTU Energy Innovation Center project has been given the green light.

On Wednesday, October 12, the 1st phase of the project, which is scheduled to run for a total of ten years, was officially launched. With the participation of 14 BTU chairs and more than 40 other partners, researchers are working to understand the climate-neutral energy supply of the future and to facilitate the energy transition in Lusatia, which is expected to successfully phase out lignite. 

Our department is working on topics including "acceptance of wind turbines", "energy system modeling under uncertainty" and "artificial intelligence in energy forecasts".

The project launch was heavily covered by regional and national media. You can find further information in the following links.

Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende
Süddeutsche.de - October 12, 2022 
Wissenschaftler der Universität in Cottbus wollen in einem neuen Innovationszentrum an der klimaneutralen Energieversorgung der Zukunft forschen.   
Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende   
ZEIT online - October 12, 2022 
... ) übernommen. Blick über den Campus an der Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg. © Patrick Pleul/ dpa-Zentralbild/ …
Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende   
FAZ.NET - October 12, 2022 
Wissenschaftler der Universität in Cottbus wollen in einem neuen Innovationszentrum an der klimaneutralen Energieversorgung der Zukunft forschen.
Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende   
DIE WELT - October 12, 2022 
Blick über den Campus an der Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg. Quelle: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/ …
Innovationszentrum: Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende   
Focus Online - October 12, 2022 
... den Campus an der Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg. Wissenschaftler de r Universität in Cottbus wollen in einem …
Neues BTU-Institut erhält Millionenförderung von Bund und Land   
rbb Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg - October 12, 2022 
... : imago-images/Mario Hösel Die Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) hat am Mittwoch eine Millionenförderung …
Förderbescheid für das Energie-Innovationszentrum der BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg   
rbb24 | Brandenburg aktuell | Nachrichten II | 19.30 Uhr - October 12, 2022 
Förderbescheid für das Energie-Innovationszentrum der BTUCottbus-Senftenberg
Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg hat weiteren Förderbescheid erhalten   
rbb24 | 21:45 Uhr | Nachrichten II - October 12, 2022 
Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg hat weiteren Förderbescheid erhalten
Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende   
Berliner Zeitung - October 12, 2022 
... - Blick über den Campus an der Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg. a/Archivbild Cottbus - Wissenschaftler de r …
Forschung zur Energie der Zukunft   
Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten - October 13, 2022 
Uni Cottbus bekommt Innovationszentrum
Mehr Forschung in der Lausitz   
Sächsische Zeitung Hoyerswerda - October 13, 2022 
Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) und eines interdisziplinären Partnernetzwerks entwickeln innovative Technologien für eine klimaneutrale Energieversorgung.
Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) und eines
Förderung für neues Energie- Innovationszentrum in Cottbus   
MAZ-Online.de - October 12, 2022 
Wissenschaftsministerin Schüle fördert Cottbuser Energiezentrum MIt 18,5 Millionen Euro Startkapital wird in Cottbus der Grundstein für Forschung und Entwicklung zur Energiewende gelegt.
Innovationszentrum an Uni in Cottbus gestartet   
Sächsisches tageblatt - October 13, 2022 
Wissenschaftler der BTUCottbus/Senftenberg wollen an der klimaneutralen Energieversorgung der Zukunft forschen. Gestern ist ein neues …
Innovationszentrum: Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende   
Augsburger Allgemeine - October 12, 2022 
Blick über den Campus an der Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg. Foto: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild, dpa ( …
Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende   
Münchner Merkur - October 12, 2022 
Blick über den Campus an der Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg. © Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/ …
Jobs in Brandenburg: Start für Energie-Innovationszentrum an der BTU in Cottbus - Fachkräfte gesucht  
Lausitzer Rundschau - October 12, 2022 
... neue Arbeitsplätze hatte die Präsidentin der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg , Prof. Gesine Grande, …
Start für Energie-Innovationszentrum an BTU  
Lausitzer Rundschau Cottbus, sieben weitere Ausgaben und Online - October 13, 2022 
Der Lausitz Science Park (LSP) in Cottbus wird zum Jobmotor. Mit dem Start für das Energie-Innovationszentrum (EIZ) an der BTU geht das größte Wissenschafts-Projekt im Lausitzer Strukturwandel in eine neue Phase. Gebraucht werden viele Fachkräfte.
Cottbuser Universität forscht für die Energiewende  
Volksstimme.de - October 12, 2022 
Wissenschaftler der Universität in Cottbus wollen in einem neuen Innovationszentrum an der klimaneutralen Energieversorgung der Zukunft forschen. 
102 Millionen Euro für die zukünftige Energiemodellregion Lausitz  
Informations Dienst Wissenschaft - October 13, 2022 
... -Cluster Wissenschaftler*innen der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) und eines interdisziplinären …
RT @ManjaSchuele: Lausitz = #Energieregion der Zukunft! Bald kommen aus dem neuen #EnergieInnovationszentrum der @BTU_CS wegweisende   
RT @ManjaSchuele: Lausitz = #Energieregion der Zukunft! Bald kommen aus dem neuen #EnergieInnovationszentrum der @BTU_CS wegweisende   
102 Millionen Euro für die zukünftige Energiemodellregion LausitzWissenschaftsministerin Dr. Manja Schüle und Sandra Langhof-Siewert von   
Ministerin @ManjaSchuele & Sandra Langhof-Siewert (@staatskanzleibb) übergeben den Zuwendungsbescheid ans neue Energie-Innovationszentrum   

Germany saves gas

In an interview with mdr Wissen, Prof. Müsgens talks about how the lack of direct price signals for gas consumers makes it more difficult to implement saving measures. In particular, he criticizes efforts to cap prices, as this would remove the signals to reduce consumption.
You can read the full article here.


Gas price cap - can we square the circle?

In interview with Radioeins, prof. Müsgens discusses the decision of the German gas commission on a relieve package for Gas consumers to tackle the high fuel prices.
The policy's double objective of relieving gas consumers of the monetary burden while still preserving the incentives to save gas is described as trying to square a circle.
Follow this link to listen to the full interview.
 


Gas shortage: Bavaria faces problems with electricity, the East with heat

In an interview with MDR Prof. Müsgens comments on the effects of the gas shortage on the electricity and heat availability in Bavaria and east Germany.
While the gas situation is still stable, additional system stress could materialize in winter exposing Germany to an energy crisis.

You can read the full article here.


Price shock due to Ukraine war

In an interview with FOCUS online, Prof. Müsgens talks about the impact of high wholesale energy prices on household tariffs. In the next two years German households should experience even higher prices.

You can read the full article here or on FOCUS online.


Panel discussion at the Brandenburg's Energy Day

Within the framework of the Brandenburg Energy Day at the BTU cottbus, ZEIT ONLINE reported on the uncertain future of the Schwedt oil refinery in the face of a halt of Russian oil imports. In the same line, Prof. Müsgens commented that the situation with Russia will further increase energy prices for end-consumers and a short-term moratorium on the phase-out of coal-fired plants should be considered.

You can read the full article here or on the ZEIT website.


Before it gets cheaper, it gets even more expensive

In an interview with "Die Zeit", Prof. Müsgens talks about the impact of high wholesale energy prices on household tariffs. According to the high forecasts for next year, German households can only expect higher prices.

You can access the full article here or in the Zeit webpage.


Expensive energy - energy price crisis?

In an interview with rbb, Prof. Müsgens comments on the skyrocketing electricity prices. High gas and oil prices as a result of the sanctions against Russia and market speculation are the underlying reasons.

Watch the full video on our YouTube channel and on the rbb website.


Why an oil embargo would hit eastern Germany particularly hard

In an interview for MDR Prof. Müsgens comments on the implications of an embargo on Russian oil on the German market.

The article can be found here or in the MDR portal


Can Germany stop buying Russian coal?

In an interview with the Zeit newspaper, Prof. Müsgens discusses the implications of the economic sanctions imposed to Russia on the coal prices and its effects for Germany.

You can access the full article here or in the Zeit webpage.


Prof. Müsgens discusses the implications of the German dependency on Russian fuels in an interview for Märkische Allgemeine (MAZ)

In an interview for Märkische Allgemeine (MAZ) Prof. Müsgens discusses the dependency of Germany and Europe on Russian gas and oil, the future of lignite and the possibilities of saving energy.
In his opinion, regarding the expansion of sanctions against Russia, the West should focus on the issue of oil, since Russian revenues from oil exports are three times as high as those from gas exports. Also, Germany would more easily cope with a supply stop of Russian oil than a stop on gas supply.

A long version of the interview is available here, a short version here.


Prof. Müsgens comments on the implications of the Ukrainian war in the German energy system

In an interview with rbb, Prof. Müsgens discusses the implications of the Ukrainian war for the German electricity system. Due to the high dependancy of Germany on Russian gas imports problems from increased prices to system security. Greater presures will be met in the short-term, and Germany needs to adress solutions and alternatives to face next winter.
See the full video on our YouTube channel and also on the rbb website.


Earlier coal phase-out?

In an interview for the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Die Zeit newspaper), Prof. Felix Muesgens explains how an earlier coal phase-out is possible. He talks about the market conditions and political requirements necessary for this.

You can find the article here


Earlier coal phase-out possible under conditions

In an interview with ntv, Prof. Felix Müsgens comments on Germany's coal phase-out policy and its feasibility, taking into account market flexibility options and plans to expand renewables.

You can read the full article here


Thousands of households without electricity

rbb reports on the power blackout that left tens of thousands of households in Oberspreewald Lausitz and Spree-Neiße without electricity for more than 24 hours. In the video, Prof. Müsgens comments on questions of the security of the electricity system and the trade-off between system costs and reliability.

You can watch the video on our YouTube channel and also on the rbb website.


Prof. Müsgens gives his opinion on the extreme rise of gas prices to rbb

The rbb reports on the newly converted gas fired power plant in Cottbus and the effects of high gas prices on electricity prices. In the video, Prof. Müsgens explains why gas prices have gone so high up and the expectetions in the short and long term. 

You can watch the video on our YouTube channel and also on the rbb website.


Hydrogen supply becomes a reality in the Lausitz

The news outlet RBB covers the plans for future green hydrogen station in the Lausitz. Prof. Müsgens gives a short comment on the importance of hydrogen in the energy transition.

You can access the video here.


Is the coal phase-out coming sooner than expected?

The news outlet RBB reports on LEAG's decision to adjust its plans for the coal phase-out in Cottbus. The company plans to produce even less coal than expected, which could lead to an earlier exit. Prof. Müsgens comments on this decision and talks about the difficulties for coal-fired power plants to remain profitable at current and projected energy prices.

You can access the news hier.


Themenmagazin - Wirtschaft im Dialog reports on the academy project "Energy Systems of the Future" (ESYS)

You can find the link to the article here (only available in German)

You can find a printed version of the full magazine edition here (only available in German)


Interview on the energy transition in Germany and its effects in Lusatia.

You can find the link to the interview here. The interview appeared in the Lausitzmagazin and was conducted by Mr. Taschenberger.


Media reports on the ESYS Market Design Working Group (co-chaired by Prof. Müsgens)

Media coverage of the article "Offshore wind competitiveness in mature markets without subsidy".

(Selected) media coverage of the published article:

The full article can be found here: Offshore wind competitiveness in mature markets without subsidy, Nature Energy, 2020. An open access version is available at the following link: https://rdcu.be/b5R42 (read-only access).


Comment by Prof. Müsgens in the magazine e/m/w: We need a new market design

A comment by Prof. Müsgens titled "The time is ripe for a new market design" has been published in the magazine e/m/w. You can find the article under the following Link.


Report on the power-to-heat project of the research department

The link to the report of the Lausitzer Rundschau with the title "Sensibly dealing with too much electricity" can be found here.


Structural change in Lusatia

The Berliner Zeitung interview " Many ideas, no guarantees" can be found here.


BDEW controversies - discussion on market design with Prof. Höffler

You can find the link to the article here.


Television report on climate protection on rbb aktuell

You can find the link to the report here.


Interview with Südwestpresse on electricity price development

You can find the link to the interview here.