01 January 2022
On 01.01.2023, the Center for Applied Energy Research e.V. (CAE) will start its research operations and thus continue the successful research and development work of ZAE Bayern in Würzburg in a reformed structure.
"After an intensive period of preparation, the plans for CAE can now be implemented. We continue to research and develop on the central future topics of our society. The energy crisis and climate change, which is particularly noticeable in our region, make it very clear how important innovative and application-oriented energy research is," says CEO Dr. Hans-Peter Ebert. The CAE was founded as a non-profit association in September 2022 in Würzburg. Founding members include the city of Würzburg, the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Würzburg business incubators TGZ and IGZ, VR-Bank Würzburg and companies from the business community. From the beginning of 2023, the existing research projects of the Würzburg ZAE energy efficiency division on topics such as high-performance thermal insulation materials, innovative multifunctional façade systems, climate-neutral neighborhood concepts will be continued on a sustainable basis and supplemented by further innovative thematic focuses in the field of digitalization and hydrogen technology in the new research area of sensor technology for energy and hydrogen technology in the CAE. The CAE conducts application-oriented research and transports the research and development results directly into practice in cooperation with companies. Cooperation with universities also plays an important role, especially with the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg and the future Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt. In order to further advance the implementation of research results, the CAE will in future provide founders with fast and unbureaucratic access to modern methods and processes of energy technology in a Makerspace. The reorganization of energy research at CAE was made possible by two years of start-up funding from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs.