Energy and transport experts from the Saxon CDU parliamentary group gather information at the Chair of Combustion Engineering and Drive Technology on possible ways to achieve the energy and transport turnaround.

In a detailed, two-hour discussion on July 11, 2023, the focus was on the overall energy situation in Germany, the energy import situation, and the predictions of various institutions for 2030 and 2050.

The clear conclusion was that, due to the need to maintain electricity production even in the dark and when there is no wind, storable energy sources are needed. These could then be used to import energy when photovoltaic and wind energy capacities in Germany are insufficient.

One such energy carrier would be methanol. According to the TU Dresden scientists, it can be produced with the same efficiency as liquefied hydrogen, with much simpler logistics and almost twice the volumetric energy density.

Afterwards, Dipl.-Ing. Konstantin Schmidt, research associate at the chair, reported on his research on methanol and the other eFuels hydrogen and ammonia.

The event was rounded off by a tour of the laboratories of the Chair of Combustion Engineering and Drive Technology. Among other things, research is being carried out on hybrid drive concepts and eFuels.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Atzler
Leader of the Chair of Combustion Engineering and Drive Technology
"Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, TU Dresden