NFDI4Energy National Research Data Infrastructure for the Interdisciplinary Energy System Research


The necessary transformation of energy systems towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions provides a plethora of new research challenges. In this context, the digitalization towards cyber-physical energy systems (CPES) alleviates change, and equally affects technical, social, and societal topics, as well as the mode of research in the CPES research community. Research efforts towards CPES heavily rely on modeling and (co-)simulation-based approaches. Tracking of models together with all data creates a complex software and data management challenge, which needs to be addressed in each research project. In addition, energy system research is characterized by the fact that there is a strong connection to practice with industry partners on the one hand and a great need to involve society on the other hand. These additional stakeholders further increase the complexity of dealing with data and models in research.

To support researchers with these complex challenges, NFDI4Energy takes existing robust decision-making approaches, among others, developed in other NFDI consortia, and adapts them to the needs of its own research community.


  • Establish open services to support energy researchers in the handling of digital research objects like research data and software;
  • Simplify identification and coordination of simulation-based tools to enable more researchers to use simulations;
  • Train and help researchers to use and understand the developed services;
  • Enable and motivate the involvement of society in energy research to improve its relevance;
  • Promote better collaboration and transfer between scientific research and industry based on shared data.



NFDI4Energy uses, builds and extends on the research and development platform of the project ZLE and the co-simulation tool mosaik.

Current Insights From Task Area 1 in NFDI4Energy: Building and Serving the Energy Research Community

Werth, Oliver and Ferenz, Stephan and Niesse, Astrid and German, Reinhard and Huelck, Ludwig and Weinhardt, Christof and Vogel, Berthold; Proceedings of the Conference on Research Data Infrastructure; 0September / 2023

FAIR Data for Energy System Research: An Overview of NFDI4Energy Task Area 4

Amanda Wein, Jan Reinkensmeier, Anke Weidlich, Johan Lilliestam, Veit Hagenmeyer, Mascha Richter, Sören Auer, Astrid Nieße, Sebastian Lehnhoff; 1st Conference on Research Data Infrastructure (CoRDI) - Connecting Communities (Vol. 1); 0September / 2023

Towards Improved Findability of Energy Research Software by Introducing a Metadata-based Registry

Ferenz, Stephan and Nieße, Astrid; ing.grid; 0November / 2023

NFDI4Energy Task Area 4: FAIR Data for Energy System Research

Wein, Amanda and Reinkensmeier, Jan and Weidlich, Anke and Lilliestam, Johan and Hagenmeyer, Veit and Richter, Mascha and Auer, Sören and Nieße, Astrid and Lehnhoff, Sebastian; INFORMATIK 2023 - Designing Futures: Zukünfte gestalten; 0September / 2023

Nationale Dateninfrastruktur für die interdisziplinäre Energiesystemforschung und -praxis

Oliver Werth, Stephan Ferenz & Astrid Nieße; Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft; 0Dezember / 2023

Nationale Dateninfrastruktur für die interdisziplinäre Energiesystemforschung und-praxis

Oliver Werth, Stephan Ferenz, Astrid Nieße; Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft; 0Dezember / 2023

Open Training for Research Data Management in the Energy Domain

Ferenz, Stephan and Ahrens, Antje and Heiken, Julia and Jandrich, Annabelle and Nieße, Astrid and Seitz, Nicola; 1. NFDI4Energy Conference; 0February / 2024

"Research Software Metadata" - Working Group Charter (NFDI section-metadata)

Castro, Leyla Jael and Ferenz, Stephan and Fuhrmans, Marc and Göpfert, Jan and Iglezakis, Dorothea and Karras, Oliver and Struck, Alexander; 0December / 2023

nfdi4energy – National Research Data Infrastructure for the Interdisciplinary Energy System Research

Nieße, Astrid and Ferenz, Stephan and Auer, Sören and Dähling, Stefan and Decker, Stefan and Dorfner, Johannes and German, Reinhard and Gütlein, Moritz and Hagenmeyer, Veit and Henni, Sarah and Lehnhoff, Sebastian and Lilliestam, Johan and Lu, Linna and Mey, Franziska and Monti, Antonello and Muschner, Christoph and Reinkensmeier, Jan and Richter, Mascha and Schäfer, Mirko and Staudt, Philipp and Süß, Wolfgang and Vogel, Berthold and Weinhardt, Christof and Weidlich, Anke and Zilles, Julia; 0July / 2022

Open Science - Towards Greater Transparency and Openness in Science

Alexander Maedche, Edona Elshan, Hartmut Höhle, Christiane Lehrer, Jan Recker, Ali Sunyaev, Benjamin Sturm, Oliver Werth ; Business & Information Systems Engineering; 0März / 2024

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
RWTH Aachen
SOFI Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut Göttingen
Leibniz-Informationszentrum Technik und Naturwissenschaften Universitätsbibliothek (TIB)
Reiner Lemoine Institut
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT


Start: 01.03.2023
End: 29.02.2028

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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Zukunftslabor Digitalisierung Energie


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