Shaping the energy transition: adelphi is a partner in the Kopernikus project Ariadne

What does a functioning energy transition in Germany look like? How effective are existing political measures? How can society help achieve the necessary transformation? These questions are central to successful climate protection. The Ariadne project is now looking for answers.


From energy to industry, from individual sectors to the big picture: in the Ariadne project, a network of leading research institutions has started a comprehensive research process on shaping the energy transition. The aim of the three-year project is to better understand the impact of various policy instruments in order to develop socially sustainable energy transition strategies. Citizens and decision-makers from politics and industry have been involved from the start through a large-scale dialogue process. adelphi is a partner in two parts of the project.

Bundled expertise for climate protection, options for politics

“Climate goals alone do not guarantee success – we need concrete action. This is exactly where Ariadne comes in, to provide an overview and guide us through the complex questions of the energy transition,” explains Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and head of the Copernicus project Ariadne. “With the unique, bundled expertise of 26 research partners, we can create a comprehensive perspective, analyse the impact of political instruments, and show a whole range of potential policy options – and, in this way, offer critical knowledge to decision-makers on creating a climate-neutral Germany.”

Ariadne is receiving a total of 30 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a period of three years. It is also part of the Kopernikus research initiative, and plays a complementary role to the ENSURE, P2X and SynErgie projects. Together, they form one of the largest German research initiatives on the energy transition. 

Import scenarios for sustainable fuels, forums for the industrial and heating transition

adelphi is one of the 26 research partners in the Ariadne consortium and will design and implement partner forums for the industrial and heating transition. adelphi is also working on a second subject area, synthetic fuels, and will develop import scenarios for Germany and derive political strategies for securing them. In addition, the project will examine the suitability of potential supplier countries for hydrogen.

The Ariadne project will continuously publish findings and results on the energy transition in the form of policy briefs, topic dossiers, background papers, visualisations and interactive platforms. This not only ensures transparency, but allows new knowledge to be immediately translated into effective action – for the success of the energy transition in Germany.

More information on the Kopernikus project Ariadne is available at the official website.

Contact person for the partner forums for the industrial and heating transition: Dennis Tänzler

Contact person for synthetic fuels: Franziska Teichmann