Selected research projects
Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET)
MEET is one of Germany’s leading battery research centres. It combines comprehensive, international and interdisciplinary basic research with real-world application. Its aim is to develop sustainable, high-performance batteries of the future, significantly advance battery cell production in Europe, and thus contribute to a shift to more sustainability in the energy and transportation sector.
Research projects at MEET
Virtual Institute for Smart Energy (VISE)
The Virtual Institute for Smart Energy (VISE) is a research consortium and competence centre devoted to the study of energy-sector digitalisation. In addition to business and research partners in the fields of technology, economics and IT, the institute works closely with civil-sector organisations. VISE is divided into four subprojects, each with a different research focus. By bundling its research activities, findings and expertise, VISE is able to comprehensively study and shape the complex and interdependent digital energy system.
Virtual Institute for Smart Energy (VISE) [de]
BIOCIVIS – Participation to ensure the benefits of sustainability and social participation in the bioeconomy
In interdisciplinary cooperation with political studies scholars and biologists of the University of Münster, the BIOCIVIS project examines which participatory processes can be applied to safeguard the social benefits of bioeconomic technologies while strengthening democratic participation.
ENGAGE – Participation for a Sustainable Common Good
In this inter- and transdisciplinary joint project, ENGAGE investigates under what conditions civic participation can contribute to a sustainable common good. To this end, the researchers apply quantitative and qualitative methods to study various forms of involvement and political participation.
NostaClimate focuses on climate and emission targets, and investigates what non-state actors can do to achieve them. Basically, non-state actors have several mechanisms at their disposal: (1) conduct their own climate protection activities, (2) generate greater acceptance of climate policy and climate protection activities, and (3), monitor compliance of climate protection standards of other actors. The research project studies the possibility of influencing these mechanisms and a diverse array of actors.
The joint project MikroPlaTas investigates to what extent microplastics exist in inland bodies of water. Project researchers are studying samples taken from reservoirs and dams to determine how microplastics impact various aquatic organisms and the environment. The findings will help them assess the significance of microplastics for the environment and to develop countermeasures. The research project is presented in a video as part of the dossier “Sustainability at the University of Münster”.
PEGASOS – The Political Economics of a Global Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels
Phasing out fossil fuel technologies is a prerequisite for meeting the world’s global climate goals. The PEGASOS project investigates what economically efficient and sustainable political options are available to eventually phase out fossil fuels. In addition to climate targets, the project also takes into account other social goals such as safeguarding public health and ensuring competitiveness.
DynaMo – Mobility-Energy Dynamics in Urban Environments
The junior research group DynaMo engages in inter- and transdisciplinary research in the field of urban mobility and its transformation processes and potentials. The project’s goal is to design sustainable urban mobility systems which are economically efficient, socially acceptable and environmentally friendly.