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Investigations on CO2 storage at ocean crust rocks - AIMS3 (Alternate scenarios, Innovative technologies, and Monitoring approaches for Sub-Seabed Storage of carbon dioxide)

Duration: 2021 to 2024

In this project, an interdisciplinary team of natural, technical, and economic scientists will investigate the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in ocean crust rocks. In particular, the efficiency of this storage method as well as its long-term safety has not yet been clarified and will be investigated. CCS is considered a promising technology to meet the climate targets of the Paris Agreement. Within this project, natural, technical and socio-scientific aspects of the potential and feasibility of this storage method will be analyzed.

New technologies and especially interventions in nature require a high degree of acceptance in society. Especially with regard to possible political measures, a precise understanding of the societal acceptance is just as crucial as an understanding of the costs and benefits. The working group "Innovation and Structural Change" is involved in the project by conducting a survey study as well as so-called 'citizens-jury' workshops in order to gain insights into the acceptance of this technology among the population. In addition, the economic and ecological advantages and disadvantages will be quantitatively analyzed within the framework of a cost-benefit analysis.

The project is a joint project within the framework of the German Alliance for Marine Research (DAM), is funded by the BMBF and coordinated by the MARUM. The project is funded under the title "Alternate scenarios, Innovative technologies, and Monitoring approaches for Sub-Seabed Storage of carbon dioxide (AIMS3)" for 36 months. Members of the consortium are the University of Bremen, GEOMAR Kiel, Fraunhofer IPM Freiburg and Sea&Sun Technology GmbH.

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Contact: Dr. Tobias Wendler

Resilient transformation pathways of a regional hydrogen economy - hyTracks

Duration: 2020 to 2023

In this project, an interdisciplinary team of technical scientists, computer scientists and economists will develop a modeling approach to accompany transformation processes. The aim of the project is to develop possible transformation paths to a regional hydrogen economy using the example of Bremen's industrial port. To this end, socio-economic interrelationships will be investigated and transformation paths along the hydrogen value chain will be developed with the involvement of stakeholders. Approaches from innovation research, agent-based models and energy system models will be combined. The project focuses on the holistic modeling of these linkages and the use of a participation platform. The interactive platform will allow to visualize the systemic effects of decision processes and measures interactively. Thus, participatory processes and stakeholder engagement will be reinforced for the design of transformation pathways.

Profound transformation processes require the willingness to cooperate and acceptance in society as well as accompanying policy measures and a precise understanding of the system interrelations. To explore these aspects, from the economics side linkages of economic actors and sectors are investigated as well as the relevance of technology networks. Among other things, the insights gained will go into stakeholder workshops using the BreLAB to make the quantitative findings better interpretable and usable. From the informatics and technology science side, the technological interrelationships along the value chain will be investigated and the programming of the participation platform will be carried out.

The project is a joint project in cooperation with the working group "Resilient Energy Systems" of the Department of Production Engineering of the University of Bremen (coordination) and the "Digital Media Lab" of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Bremen. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research under the title "Development of a Stakeholder-oriented Interaction Platform for the Design of Resilient Transformation Pathways of a Regional Hydrogen Economy (hyTracks)" for 36 months.

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Contact: Dr. Tobias Wendler

Future of energy supply in the steel industry - H2B ("Hydrogen to Bremen")

Duration: 2020 to 2022

In this project, an interdisciplinary team of natural, technical and economic scientists will analyse the future supply and use of hydrogen as an energy source for the steel industry in Bremen. The holistic supply concept takes into account the entire value-added chain of hydrogen supply and use in the sense of a roadmap. This also includes, for example, mobility concepts and plans for heat supply to districts in Bremen, Bremerhaven and neighbouring regions.

Such far-reaching transformation processes require the willingness to cooperate and acceptance in society as well as accompanying political measures. In order to explore these aspects, behavioural economic studies are conducted in the BreLAB. The insights gained will be used in stakeholder workshops to identify potentials, barriers and possible policy measures. From the natural and technical science side, the project will conduct a potential analysis for the realization of an electrolyser at the site of the Bremen steelworks. The project is a joint project in cooperation with the working group "Resilient Energy Systems" of the Faculty of Production Technology at the University of Bremen (coordination) and is financed by the Bremer Aufbaubank under the title "Roadmap for a gradual defossilisation of the steel industry and urban infrastructures using electrolysis hydrogen in Bremen (H2B)" for 36 months.

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Contact: Dr. Tobias Wendler

Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR (Mod-Block-DDR)

Duration: 2018 to 2022

The joint project “Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR” has been selected for funding through the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and will start on December 01, 2018. The overall objective of the joint project is to identify the obstacles to modernization in the state socialist economy and science system of the GDR, to analyse their effects on the past real economic development as well as the impact on socio-economic disparities between East and West Germany until today. The empirical analyses will include inner-German comparisons as well as comparisons to neighbouring countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The project funding will initially be for four years.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther

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