Research project Ariadne

Evidence-Based Assessment for the Design of the German Energy System Transformation



The Kopernikus project Ariadne is researching which policy instruments are suitable to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. From a better understanding of the effects of individual political measures and policy paths to an overview of the entire system - together with actors from politics, energy system transformation and society, the project is investigating meaningful strategies for energy system transformation and their acceptance by citizens.

Forschungsprojekt Ariadne



June 2020 to May 2023

Funded by

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Project participants

  • Institute of Networked Energy Systems
  • Institute of Transport Research
  • Potsdam Institut for Climate Impact Research
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.
  • Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change gGmbH
  • Hertie School gGmbH
  • University of Stuttgart, Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.
  • Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.
  • Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.
  • Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus
  • Universität Potsdam
  • Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V.
  • RegioKontext GmbH
  • Öko-Institut e.V.
  • Universität Hamburg
  • ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung gGmbH
  • Ecologic Institute gGmbH
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht GmbH
  • adelphi research gGmbH
  • Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen
  • Technische Universität München
  • Universität Münster
  • Stiftung Umweltenergierecht
  • Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität e.V.
  • The Institute for Networked Energy Systems contributes its expertise to various scenario development and assessment work in the project. This includes the estimation of material requirements of power generation technologies, vehicles, storage technologies, etc. in energy scenarios as well as the environmental impacts of the scenarios. Furthermore, costs and quantities of a possible import of climate-neutral produced hydrogen as well as synthetic fuels to Germany are estimated and considered in the calculation of the scenarios. In addition, the effects of different designs of flexible sector coupling on the demand for energy infrastructures in Germany, as well as their use, are examined.

    More information on the research project Ariadne:


    Energy System Modelling

    Research Group
    Institute of Networked Energy Systems
    Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 15, 26129 Oldenburg