Helmholtz-Program: Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition (MTET)

MTET Overview

This MTET research program aims at providing essential scientific insights and viable technologies for the energy transition in Germany and for the sustainable transformation of the energy supply and use worldwide. The program targets an energy system of the future that comprises effective climate protection, supply security and beneficial economics. To reach its ambitious goals, the research program addresses research and development work to assively extend renewable electricity production, and to integrate a higher share of renewable electricity into the entire energy system. This includes efforts to enhance the efficiency in renewable energy harvesting, provision, and rational use for electricity production, but also for the industry, heat and mobility sectors. Aiming for a sustainable future economy, the closure of carbon, mineral and metallic materials cycles is mandatory. Therefore, the MTET research program considers innovative energy technologies and the related impact on resource processing in a holistic manner.

Objectives


In the MTET Program, we will face key material and technological challenges for the energy transition in Germany and worldwide. By developing fundamental scientific insights and viable technologies for a sustainable transformation of the energy supply, we aim for strengthening the role of the Helmholtz Association as a worldwide renowned leader. We have defined the following six joint and overarching objectives for the MTET Program to achieve these ambitious goals:

• We aim for scientific breakthroughs, visible scientific excellence and global leadership in all
   topics of the MTET Program.

• We will develop relevant and attractive technologies for the energy transition in Germany and
   worldwide. We will push their transfer into real life applications by collaborating with industry
   partners and promoting spin-off companies.

• We will provide a highly valuable and fully validated input to the Helmholtz energy transition
   roadmap that serves policy makers and the society as a guideline for a successful energy
   transition in Germany; our data will contribute to a realistic assessment of the costs related to
   the energy transition process for Germany.

• We will recruit and inspire top research talents to qualify the next generation of scientific leaders
   in materials and technologies for the energy transition.

• We will develop world-class methods characterizing materials and evaluating technologies for
   the energy transition.

• We will provide excellent and unique research infrastructures for developing materials and
   technologies for the energy transition; by making these infrastructures accessible to national
   and international researchers from outside the Helmholtz Association we will strengthen the
   leading role of Germany in energy transition technologies.

 

 Participating Helmholtz Centers