Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE)
Many of the issues at the center of public attention can only be dealt with by an interdisciplinary energy systems analysis. Technical, economic and ecological subsystems which interact with each other often have to be investigated simultaneously. The Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE) takes up this challenge focusing on the long-term supply- and demand-side characteristics of energy systems. It follows, in particular, the idea of a holistic, interdisciplinary approach taking an inter-linkage of technical systems with economics, environment and society into account and thus looking at the security of supply, economic efficiency and environmental protection. This triple strategy is oriented here to societal/political guiding principles such as sustainable development. In these fields, IEK-STE analyses the consequences of technical developments and provides scientific aids to decision making for politics and industry. This work is based on the further methodological development of systems analysis tools and their application as well as cooperation between scientists from different institutions.