Sector coupling is one of the key pillars of the European energy transition strategy. From the vehicles themselves to the corresponding infrastructure, buildings or entire neighborhoods, an electrified, efficiently integrated transport sector could play a crucial role in securing future energy supplies. Current proposals range from coating vehicles or parking lots with PV modules to developing mobile buffer storage solutions. What do current, innovative models in the field of sector coupling look like? What potential do solutions such as vehicle-integrated photovoltaics (VIPV) have? And what problems still exist in terms of cost efficiency, resource availability and compatibility? We talk about this today with Oliver Mayer, Head of Energy Department, Bayern Innovativ GmbH.
Published: September 29, 2022
Bayern Innovativ GmbH, a subsidiary of LfA Förderbank Bayern, supports small and medium-sized enterprises in a variety of ways to exploit their innovation potential and turn it into products. In doing so, it pursues the ambitious goal of helping every viable idea and technology achieve a breakthrough - by bringing together people with a wide range of knowledge from business, science, administration and politics.
Prof. Oliver Mayer is an electrical engineer and received his doctorate from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich in 1994 and his habilitation in the field of energy technology in 2002. He gained practical experience in the field of solar technology during his three years as an expert for GTZ in various developing countries. For almost eight years, Oliver Mayer worked in the field of systems logistics at Krauss-Maffei. For the past 15 years, he has been responsible for the areas of technologies for the energy transition and innovation methodology and quality assurance in research at General Electric's European Research Center in Garching near Munich. Prof. Oliver Mayer has been with Bayern Innovativ GmbH since 2019. He currently heads the Energy specialization field as well as the Energy Technology Cluster.