Good news: The jury of the funding initiative ”Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovation” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has recommended FEN Research Campus for a second funding phase. The BMBF has followed this recommendation.
For five years FEN and its partners from RWTH Aachen University and industry have been researching and developing innovative technologies for more efficient, sustainable and safer electric grids. In this context, direct current (DC) technology as well as the inclusion of decentralized and renewable energy sources are of great importance. A milestone project, which FEN Research Campus was able to implement during its first five years, is the MVDC research grid that went into test mode at Campus Melaten in late 2019.
In July 2019 representatives of the project sponsor, Projektträger Jülich (PtJ), visited to inspect the premises of FEN Research Campus as well as the labs at E.ON Energy Research Center to get a first-hand impression of our research activities and results from the first funding phase. In November 2019 Prof. Rik De Doncker, spokesman of FEN Research Campus, presented our activities, current results and future plans to the independent jury of the BMBF in Berlin.
After some first positive feedback we received the good news that the jury of the initiative ”Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovation” of the BMBF has recommended FEN Research Campus for a second funding phase and that the BMBF is following this recommendation. On January 31st, the proposals for six new projects throughout a second funding phase from 2020 to 2025 was submitted to the project sponsor.
The members and employees of FEN Research Campus are very happy about the positive responses. FEN would like to give special thanks to its partners from industry and research for their dedicated cooperation. The results from five years of joint work are a great motivation for us to keep working on innovative solutions in the future and to expand our research activities at RWTH Aachen campus.