Transdisciplinary Knowledge Transfer
The work goals of "Energy meets Art" include the inter- and transdisciplinary transfer of knowledge from WindNODE to the energy community and wider society. Technical results and developments are difficult to explain using the framework of one discipline only. This is especially true when it comes to complex, multi-year developments in energy policy or technology. "Energy meets Art" thus engages with WindNODE topics and its results in the context of the energy transition and presents them using artistic and communicative means.
Animation on the Energy Transition
Within the research project WindNODE, the Chair of Soil Protection and the Chair of Energy Systems of TU Berlin have designed and produced a cartoon video in cooperation with the animation studio Monströös to explain the energy transition. Most people will now think of using wind and sunlight for the production of electricity. But that is a rather short view, because Germany wants to (and has to) cut half its climate gas emissions from the use of electricity, from heating and from traffic to sustainably hinder climate change. Already in 2018 40 % of electricity came from renewable sources. Nevertheless, climate gas emissions have been almost unchanged in the last couple of years. Thus energy transformation means more than just using wind and sunlight, it must include fading out the use of nuclear and coal as energy sources, sector coupling and flexibilisation.
The WINDMIND Study Project
The bachelor's programme at the faculty of Ecology and Environmental Planning of the TU Berlin is engaging with WindNODE via an extensive study of its work goals as well as relevant scientific and technical developments in its context. The students are working to understand local planning processes and analyze the ecological context of power grid expansions (fall semester 2016/2017) and are helping to answer research questions of various WindNODE partners (spring semester 2017).
The study project's results encompass several posters on the energy transition, opportunities for energy savings, the state-of-the-art in technology and environmental impact research, all created over the course of the project's first semester. The following semester, students designed a product (artwork) that should facilititate knowledge transfer. Individual groups of students used artistic means to illustrate topics surrounding the energy transition, resulting in one comic, one film and two different games.