ENavi (BMBF, 2016-2019)


System Integration and Interconnection of Energy Supply

To protect the climate, the Federal Government defined concrete goals of climate control. To reach them, the current energy supply system needs to be transformed into a widely CO2-free system which is based on renewable energies. This conversion raises challenges which can only be handled by an integration of all sectors and all applications. A systematic and multidimensional approach that focuses on the energy turnaround as social transformation process as characterized above is offered by the Copernicus-Project ENavi, which is being supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

The Overall Project Objective

The Copernicus-Project ENavi examines how technical, economic, social, cultural, and political factors of the energy turnaround interact in a systemic context. Developing a toolbox for system analyses is one of our primary aims: The navigation instrument ENavi reveals functional dependences and complex correlations. Furthermore, it serves as basis for the simulation of economic and political interventions in the energy supply system. As a decision-making tool, it enables representatives in economy, politics, and civil society to reliably estimate effects and side-effects of the interventions. The results will be integrated into the so-called roadsmap, the project’s main product. It helps to describe energy turnaround paths and their dynamic development. Moreover, it supports the identification of phases and critical transitions between them in the energy turnaround process.

Our Objective

One part of the energy system’s transformation is the establishment of decentralized energy supply concepts and their integration into the centralized system. To implement decentralized energy supply concepts successfully, they need to be adapted to local conditions, which includes involving local stakeholders through tailored communication and participation measures. This applies to the whole process of implementing decentralized energy supply systems, i.e. conception, planning, construction, and operation. We examine the connection between all phases of the implementation of decentralized energy supply concepts and criteria for tailored communication and participation measures.



  • Bosch Innovation
  • Dialogik
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Windenergie und Energiesystemtechnik
  • Global Climate Forum
  • Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität
  • Institut für Technikfolgeabschätzung und Systemanalyse
  • Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
  • Plattform Forschungswende
  • Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung
  • Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Marburg
  • Mannheimer Stadtwerke
  • Stuttgart Research Initiative on Integrated Systems Analysis for Energy
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • VSE AG Saarbrücken
  • Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt und Energie