Research for a climate-neutral, sustainable and cost-effective energy supply of the future
The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) investigates and develops material- and process-based solutions for a climate-neutral, sustainable, and cost-effective utilization of renewable energies. The institute works on the structural and functional characterization, modeling, and processing of materials relevant to hydrogen and solar technology. The common goal is the understanding of structure-performance-process relationship on the mesoscale.
The HI ERN was founded on 20 August 2013 as a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich in order to facilitate close cooperation between Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB).
The collaboration will enable research and development of material- and process-based solutions for climate-neutral, sustainable and cost-effective utilization of renewable energies. The collaboration relates to the areas of innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy systems and hydrogen as a storage and carrier medium for CO2-neutral energy. The collaboration relates to the areas of innovative materials and processes for photovoltaic energy systems and hydrogen as a storage and carrier medium for CO2-neutral energy.
The institute comprises seven professorships with annual funding of approximately € 5.5 million from the Helmholtz Association. The Free State of Bavaria provided onetime additional € 5 million to finance joint research projects in its initial development phase as well as € 32 million for a new research building. In the new building of the institute, inaugurated in 2021, around 100 employees will work on a floor space of 3,200 m².
The institute's headquarters are located on the southern campus of FAU in Erlangen.
Seven research departments with over 170 employees are currently working to achieve HI ERN's research goals.
Funding: HI ERN as part of Forschungszentrum Jülich is funded by the Helmholtz Association (90 % Federal Republic of Germany, 10 % Free State of Bavaria) on the one hand, and by the implementation of third-party funded projects to a considerable extent on the other hand.
Organization: The HI ERN is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF). With more than 43,000 employees and an annual budget of 5 billion euros, the HGF is the largest scientific organisation in Germany.