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Project description

The past decade has seen an accelerated transition from carbon-based energy consumption to renewable energy use. This transition has fundamental implications for the German society. From the perspective of natural sciences, renewable energy resource assessment under changing climatic conditions and reliable forecasts for solar/wind power on a variety of temporal (hours to decades) and spatial scales (local to continental) are highly important for the energy industry. Renewable energy prediction on the scale of wind/solar farms relies on the capability of modeling and monitoring of turbulent flows, clouds, precipitation and the feedbacks in the atmosphere-and-surface coupled system (see work packages WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP5), and on the up-scaling of the results to a region (see work package WP4). Climate change poses further challenges, which may cause shifts in wind regimes and cloud patterns, and thus the large-scale distributions of renewable energy resources (see work package WP6).

 

 

Work packages

The project is divided into different work packages (WPs):

For more detailed information of each WP, click on the links, respectively. All WPs are treated in close cooperation between the institutes listed below. Members of the project are listed in each WP as well as in Members.

The emerging group will develop a research focus on ET-CC, but also enhance UoC’s training capacity for students to work in energy transition, both nationally and internationally. Real-time monitoring tools for solar and wind modeling will be made accessible online to foster outreach activities.

 

 

Institutes & Group leaders

The ET-CC Project is funded and supported by the German Excellence Initiative of the University of Cologne. The following institutes and working group leaders are participating in the project:

 

Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology (IGM), UoC

  • Prof. Dr. Felix Höffler
  • PD Dr. Dietmar Lindenberger

  • Prof. Dr. Clemens Simmer

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lang

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kollet
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  • University of Cologne (UoC)
  • Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
  • Institute of Energy Economics (EWI)
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • Regionales Rechenzentrum of the University of Cologne (RRZK)
  • Centre for High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems (HPSC TerrSys)