Current Projects

Correction and combination methods for forecasting to improve system integration of renewable energies (FOCCSI 2)

Funded by: the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK)

Project duration: 01.01.2023 – 31.12.2025

Cooperation: TenneT (a transmission system operator in the Netherlands and in a large part of Germany) is associated partner.

The FOCCSI 2 project is particularly interested in investigating effective techniques for forecasting highly dynamic forecast variables, such as renewable energy sources. The central research topic is the development of statistical and machine learning methods for the correction and combination of forecasts, which are used to generate more powerful meta-forecasts. The project also focuses on conducting a cost-benefit analysis of each forecast, by investigating the trade-off between minimizing the financial burden of purchasing more forecasts and the achievement of a certain forecast quality of the combined forecast.

Energy Innovation Center (Energie-Innovationszentrum – EIZ)

Achieving global climate goals requires effective and efficient management of CO2 in all sectors. From an economic point of view, this can only be achieved through a greater interconnection of the various energy systems (electricity, heat, gas, industry, transport and traffic) and the various system actors. The Energy Innovation Center (Energie-Innovationszentrum – EIZ) accompanies this global transformation of the energy sector by (co-)establishing and (co-)securing regional technology leadership for science and industry as well as the start-up competence of Lusatia in the areas of sector coupling and the intelligent, digital operation of energy systems. The aim is to ensure that the energy sector remains the mainstay of Lusatia's economic and technological identity even in the age of renewable energies and digitalization, and that the Lusatian mining region is further developed into a sustainable energy region serving this purpose. The EIZ consists of six networked laboratories (labs) with their own thematic focuses:

  • Energy Economics Lab (EECON Lab)
  • Electric Power Systems Lab (EPS Lab)
  • Control Systems and Cyber Security Lab (COSYS Lab)
  • Energy Storage and Conversion Lab (ESC Lab)
  • High Power Grid Converter Lab (HPGC Lab) 
  • Scientific Computing Lab (SC Lab)

System analysis of transport solutions for green hydrogen (TransHyDE)

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Project duration:  Mid 2021 – 31.03.2025
Cooperation: More than 20 project partners from science and research institutions & 8 associated partners from the energy industry.

TransHyDE is one of the three German flagship projects on hydrogen, which represent a central contribution of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy. Taken together, they represent the largest funding initiative of the Federal Ministry of Research on the subject of the energy transition to date. They make a decisive contribution to Germany's entry into the hydrogen economy.

TransHyDE website
Germany's flagship hydrogen projects


Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Cooperation: r2b energy consulting GmbH und BTB -Blockheizkraftwerks,Träger- und Betreibergesellschaft mbH Berlin.

Intelligente Digitalisierung der Energieversorgung zur Optimierung des Netzbetriebs und zur Erhöhung der Akzeptanz (IDiNA)

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Cooperation: Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (OVGU), OFFIS e.V., PSI Software AG, SWW Wunsiedel GmbH, SWH Stadtwerke Haßfurt GmbH, Es-geht! Energiesysteme GmbH

Kopernikus-Project Ariadne – Evidence-Based Assessment for the Design of the German Energy System Transformation

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research


In addition to the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, 25 project partners are involved in the project.

Completed Projects

Leading the Working Group “Electricity Market Design” in the Project “Energy Systems of the Future”

Funded by: Project Office “Energy Systems of the Future” supported by acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities; financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Members of the Working Group (in alphabetic order): Dr. F.-D. Drake (innogy SE), Prof. Dr. O. Edenhofer (PIK), Dr. C. Growitsch (Fraunhofer IMWS / CEM), Prof. Dr. A. Moser (RWTH Aachen), Prof. Dr. W. Münch (EnBW), Prof. Dr. F. Müsgens (BTU), Prof. Dr. A. Ockenfels (Uni Köln), Dr. Dr. T. Paulun (EEX), Dr. K. U. Pritzsche (Linklaters), Prof. Dr. A. Wambach (ZEW), Prof. Dr. M. Weinhold (Siemens), Prof. Dr. H. Weyer (TU Clausthal)

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Better price forecasts in the energy sector by combining fundamental and stochastic models (ProKoMo)

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Cooperation: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Operations Research, Analytics and Statistics, Prof. Dr. Oliver Grothe

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Mobilising Endogenous Potentials for Structural Change – Decarbonisation in a Lignite Mining Region (DecarbLau)

Financed by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Cooperation: Chair of General economics and Chair of Management of regional energy systems at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Halle Institute for Economic Research, Innovationsregion Lausitz, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), TU Dresden

Design of auctions for market premia for onshore wind generation: theoretical and experimental testing

Cooperation: CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute). CERGE-EI is a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Innovation Forum „Power-to-Heat“

Funding by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Power-to-Heat: Use of Excess of Electricity for the Production of Heat as Option to Integrate Renewable Energy

Cooperation and Funding: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Acceptance of heat supply concepts in Eberswalde

Financed by: Energieversorgungsunternehmen

Expertise for Designing Auctions for the Promotion of Renewable Energies

Cooperation and Funding: Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW)

Cooperation: r2b energy consulting GmbH

Optimal Design of Auctions for Ground-mounted Photovoltaic Facilities

Cooperation and Funding: Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW)

Cooperation: r2b energy consulting GmbH

Analysis of German Energy Policy from Brandenburg’s Perspective

Cooperation and Funding: Brandenburg Department of State

Analysis of German Energy Transition from Brandenburg’s Perspective

Cooperation and Funding: Brandenburg Department of State

Economic Analysis of Long-term Natural Gas Supply Contracts

Cooperation and Funding: Gas Distribution Company

Consultancy project: ‚A Greenhouse Gas Neutral Germany until 2050’

Cooperation and Funding: German Federal Environmental Agency

Cooperation:  r2b energy consulting GmbH (r2b)