E.ON will continue its successful cooperation with RWTH Aachen University and has extended the existing cooperation agreement for another five years. A corresponding agreement was signed on 23 June by E.ON Board Member Dr Karsten Wildberger and the Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Professor Ulrich Rüdiger.
"With the new cooperation agreement, we will particularly promote research projects in the areas of energy and sustainability research, energy system analysis and optimization, smart grids, energy storage, energy efficiency, electrification and digitalization. We will focus on the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University (E.ON ERC), but other institutes at Aachen University can and should also be involved," explained Dr Wildberger at the signing of the agreement.
The E.ON ERC is the fruit of a public-private partnership between E.ON and RWTH Aachen University and has been setting standards in interdisciplinary and networked energy research since its establishment in 2006. Over the next five years, E.ON will fund joint research projects with a total of ten million euros. In addition, up to half a million euros will be used annually to fund non-profit projects. In many cases, the results of the E.ON research projects will also be made available to the general public.
RWTH Rector Professor Rüdiger was also very satisfied with the cooperation to date and looks forward to five more successful years. "Together with E.ON, RWTH has been successful in making a significant contribution to the energy transition for 15 years. The cooperation shows the impact we can make as a university in a network with our partners. We have a strong partnership with E.ON, which we will now leverage to continue to successfully shape the energy transition.”
Research is indispensable for the successful implementation of the energy transition. It has hugely contributed to the progress of electromobility, photovoltaics and storage technology in the past 15 years alone. RWTH Aachen University and the E.ON ERC have been directly and indirectly involved in many of these advances. In doing so, the researchers drawn on a widely ramified and constantly growing network of scientists from a wide range of disciplines from all over the world. This is because complex challenges, such as those associated with the energy transition, can only be mastered through partnerships.