dena Leitstudie
project duration: 2020-2021
The study aims at identifying the key challenges, solutions and next steps on Germanys way towards carbon-neutrality till 2050 with a specific focus on cross-sectoral approaches. Bremen Energy Research is tasked with the economic evaluation of different adaptations of the energy market design that shall secure the efficient transition of the energy sector and those sectors that make use of this energy, towards climate neutrality. In discussions with more than 70-partners from the energy sector as well as from other industries we identify the key challenges in the given energy market design that hamper decarbonization across different sectors and discuss different approaches to overcome these hurdles. The CO2 price, its future development, additional requirements for incentive schemes and the coordination of infrastructure development, from electricity, via gas and hydrogen towards consuming sectors like manufacturing or transportation, are at the heart of the debate.
Details on the project will soon be available at the dena website.

dena „Blockchain Machine Identity Ledger“
project duration: 2020-2021
On behalf of the German Energy Agency (dena) our team at Bremen Energy Research, together with the IT experts from OFFIS and lawyers from Ernst&Young, is responsible for the scientific evaluation of different blockchain-based solutions that aim at the integration of intelligent metering systems (smart meters) into a blockchain environment. The project is conducted in cooperation with 21 partners, including companies like SAP, EnBW and Deutsche Telekom and players in the digital sector or start-ups specialized in blockchain technology like the Energy Web Foundation. For details on the project take a look at the project website at the dena Future Energy Lab.

Acatech, ESYS Arbeitsgruppe “Resilienz digitalisierter Energiesysteme”
project duration: 2019-2021
Die Digitalisierung im Energiesystem schreitet schnell voran. Ohne Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien ist die Energieversorgung, und hier insbesondere die Dezentralisierung, inzwischen undenkbar. Neben all den Chancen, die sich durch die zunehmende Digitalisierung ergeben birgt sie auch Risiken wie Manipulationen, Cyberangriffe oder fehlerhafte Anwendungen. Die Energieversorgung ist eine kritische Infrastruktur (KRITIS). Ein Blackout hätte daher weitreichende Folgen für die Gesellschaft. Der Anspruch lautet: Digitale Energieinfrastrukturen müssen sowohl sicher als auch sichernd sein. Das bedeutet, sie müssen sich selbst gegen Angriffe und Ausfälle verteidigen können und gleichzeitig das Gesamtsystem funktionsfähig halten. Wo liegen dabei die Chancen und Herausforderungen? Wer sind die Hauptakteure, welche Verantwortung tragen sie und welche Anreize haben sie zur Resilienz des digitalen Energiesystems beizutragen? Was muss auf Regulierungsebene passieren, um die Anreize effizient auszugestalten? Mit diesen Fragen setzt sich die ESYS-Arbeitsgruppe „Resilienz digitalisierter Energiesysteme“ unter der Leitung von Dr. Christoph Mayer (OFFIS) und Prof. Brunekreeft auseinander. External link.

ARegV 3.0 - Ideas for a forward-looking regulation of smart grids
project duration: 03/2019-02/2021
The developments of smart grids alter the roles and responsibilities of distribution network operators (DNOs) and requires rethinking the regulatory framework, which in Germany is determined by the "Anreizregulierungsverordnung", in short "ARegV".
The most recent ARegV amendment offers additional incentives for network investments but lacks incentives for smartness. Thinking one step further, however, the question is how the conceptual development of regulation towards a future "ARegV 3.0" should look like. This research project analyses misaligned incentives for DNOs based on both a network model and a regulatory model and suggests further adjustments of the regulatory framework.

Quarree 100
project duration: 11/2017-10/2022
QUARREE100 promotes the research and implementation of a future-proof energy supply using the example of the urban quarter “Rüsdorfer Kamp” in the German district town Heide, Schleswig-Holstein. The demonstration project is supported by the Federal Government as part of the funding program “Solares Bauen / Energieeffiziente Stadt”.The team of “Bremen Energy Research” (BER) examines the regulatory issues regarding the implementation of inter-linked systems and self sufficiency concepts from an economic perspective.


Output-orientierte Regulierung - ein Überblick
Gert Brunekreeft, Julia Kusznir & Roland Meyer
Bremen Energy Working Paper No. 35.

The Emergence of Output-Oriented Network Regulation
Gert Brunekreeft, Julia Kusznir & Roland Meyer
Oxford Energy Forum Issue 124, p. 34-38, September 2020

Rethinking the Network Access Regime: The Case for Differentiated and Tradeable Access Rights
Christine Brandstätt & Rahmat Poudi
Oxford Energy Forum Issue 124, p. 24-28, September 2020


Prof. Dr. Gert Brunekreeft

Adjunct Professor for Energy Economics
Head of Workgroup

Christine Brandstätt, M.Sc.

Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen & Fraunhofer IFAM

Dr. Marius Buchmann

Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen

Dr. Julia Kusznir

Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen

Dr. Roland Meyer

Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen

Martin Palovic, M.A.

Research Associate at Jacobs University Bremen