In 2017, the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy supported 434 ongoing R&D projects in the field of energy efficiency in industry, trade and services with nearly EUR 45 million. On top of that, 130 projects were granted new funding amounting to EUR 55 million.
According to the latest federal report on energy research, waste heat is by far the largest efficiency-related R&D topic for German industry. Several studies place Germany’s waste heat potential at between 88 and 260 TWh per year. Digitization is also a key word in the industrial sector as it considerably increases transparency and enables process optimization.
The report also reveals that R&D funding was mainly granted to projects in the fields of manufacture of machinery and vehicles, electronics, fine mechanics, optics and EBM products (30%), chemicals, rubber and plastic products (14%) and heat pumps and cooling agents (10%).