German-Japanese Research for the Energy Transition

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and Japan’s Gifu University have joined forces to collaborate closely in energy research. Projects will focus on the intelligent int egration of photovoltaics into the grid, production forecasts, and green power-to-gas (P2G®) energy storage.

The idea behind this partnership in s cience is to accelerate the technology transfer in both countries, thereby helping to reshape the energy landscape after Fukushima. The new coalition is built on solid ground: Both partners conduct research in the same fields and their skill-sets are a good match. The agreement to cooperate was reached in late March during a visit in Japan.

The Gifu Prefecture on the main island of Honshu and the state of Baden-Württemberg have long nurtured their political and economic ties. This relationship is now to be carried over into energy research, where the two countries have much to learn from each other. “We are very pleased to be partnering with Gifu University’s Center for Next Generation Energy,” says Prof. Frithjof Staiß, Managing Director at ZSW. “This collaboration makes it easier to share experiences and creates better conditions for an efficient transfer of research results into the marketplace.”