Ariadne – Synthetic fuels: hydrogen and hydrocarbons

Power to gas concept with fresh sunny sky. Hydrogen energy storage with renewable energy sources - photovoltaic and wind turbine power plant farm. 3d rendering. - Illustration

The federal government wants Germany to be climate neutral by 2050. To reach this goal, much has to change, from the production of energy to its transport to its consumption. The Kopernikus projects aim to create the necessary conditions and drive the energy transition in Germany. Businesses, science, society and politics will work together to find and implement effective solutions.

As one of the four Kopernikus projects, Ariadne is part of one of the largest German research initiatives on the energy transition and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Ariadne researches strategies and instruments for the achievement of the Paris Agreement in a consortium of leading research institutions and under the leadership of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). An evidence-based assessment will provide an improved scientific basis for shaping the energy transition and initiate learning processes in politics and science. From the beginning, decision-makers, citizens and other stakeholders will be involved in the project, which is structured into the development of a green and white paper.

adelphi is one of 26 research partners and is contributing to Ariadne in two areas. In the first area, adelphi works on synthetic fuels: With its publication in June 2020, the German government's hydrogen strategy made it clear that climate-neutral synthetic fuels, and especially hydrogen from renewable electricity, will play a central role in the future energy system. In Ariadne, adelphi is working on the topic of hydrogen and hydrocarbons together with PIK and the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal Energy (IEG) on the future role of these new fuels in the German energy transition. In this context, adelphi focuses on deriving import scenarios for Germany and developing political strategies for securing them. Suitable potential supplier countries for hydrogen and hydrocarbons are being examined, taking into account among other criteria market lead times, sustainability aspects and transport costs.

In a second area, adelphi supports the Ariadne Policy Unit with the involvement of stakeholders by organising partner forums for the industrial and heat sector transition.

The project results will continuously be made available as policy briefs, thematic dossiers, background papers and interactive platforms.