Supported are these application-oriented research and development divisions by our expertise in attractive and innovative ICT-areas. These competences are developed further in our technology clusters.
The world-wide CO2 emissions have to be massively reduced and the dependency on fossil fuels has to be decreased. Solving climate problems is one of the central responsibilities of the society and economy of our time. Three approaches are pursued: application of renewable energy sources, conservation of energy and increasing energy efficiency. However, how can the energy supply be restructured by new information technologies so that the fluctuating renewable energy sources, which are generally not demand-oriented, are able to support a reliable power supply? How can a large number of highly efficient combined heat and power plants (CHP) be integrated into energy management? How can the constantly increasing energy consumption of IT itself be reduced?
A second challenge faces us from our political guidelines: The formerly required energy monopolies for uninterrupted service are questioned today and are increasingly split apart by legislation. This entails new business processes and stakeholders (e.g. using electronic meters). The information and communications technologies (ICT) help to find answers for these challenges of the future and to suitably implement them.
The demographic changes and the progress in medical technology present new questions for the health system. How can the teamwork of the protagonists in health care be constructed more efficiently? How can we optimize the support of health care and aftercare? And how have the living and habitation of tomorrow to look like to permit the elderly a maximum of well-being and independence? The information and communication technologies (ICT) help to find answers to the challenges of the future and to implement them adequately.
Studies performed by the European Union forecast a growth in freight traffic by 70 percent until 2025. Another study conducted by Shell even predicts that the global amount of cars will be doubled by 2030. Both studies can be transferred to other means of transportation. The expected growth of the transport sector requires the optimum use of scarce and limited resources, such as the "traffic routes" (airspace, shipping routes, urban transport networks, highways...), taking into account global factors such as reduction of CO2 emissions, minimising energy consumption, noise reduction and improving safety. Future mobility concepts require...show