A number of challenging questions emerging from energy and climate policy motivate this research project:

The proposed research project offers a number of novel suggestions as regards content and methodology for analyzing these questions. This approach is based on the concept of technology wedges by Pacala und Sokolow (Science, 2004).

Integrated Approach

The methodology developed and the corresponding modeling tools are most adequate for providing better projections and monitoring of energy demand and emissions. In addition, new energy technologies can be evaluated as to their short- and long-term technological and eco-nomic impacts. For improving the research approach used and the acceptance of results it is intended to conduct this project in a close dialogue with relevant stakeholders.