In order to break free from dependence on Russia and Asia for energy supply, the energy turnaround must now be accomplished "bottom-up" and "at full speed". The fact that accelerated self-sufficiency with renewable energies (RE) is possible in the short term, both in the kilowatt and megawatt range, was demonstrated today by the technology organization VDE, the GreenTEC Campus, the German Association for Critical Infrastructures (BSKI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the press conference on the occasion of the Hannover Messe. To achieve this, industry, cities and municipalities must make better use of their existing land and make it available for renewable energy. The approval process and grid and storage expansion must be accelerated, and hydrogen must be produced cost-effectively.
"We must support the willing through end bureaucratization and streamline and accelerate approval processes. If we pull together, we will be able to supply ourselves completely self-sufficiently with renewable energies in the short term," VDE, GreenTEC Campus and BSKI agreed. To stabilize supply chains and expand technology know-how and transfer, Europe and the U.S. need to move closer together and play to their strengths, MIT added. Complete self-sufficiency in Germany is possible in the next few years. However, there is a need to invest more in excellence research adapted to the market and the framework conditions, including in storage capacity and grid adaptation, and to strengthen the European RE industry. The investors urgently needed for the energy turnaround exist, "We just need to put them in touch with the decisive companies as well as start-ups now. VDE, as a neutral technical and scientific organization, offers the platform for networking here", said Burkhard Holder, VDE Renewables. He said he is already in contact with family foundations. The greater challenge, however, is to recruit the specialists.