BME and MVM are researching future-proof energy supplies

BME and MVM have signed a consortium agreement on conducting research and explore the conditions for a climate-neutral economy and innovative solutions for the electricity sector.

The new research programme is promoted by the strategic agreement between the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) and MVM Zrt. The cooperation will include the participation of the BME Zero Carbon Centre (ZCC), the leader of the four-year research programme, and will explore areas such as the conditions for a climate-neutral economy and innovative technical, business and regulatory solutions for the electricity sector.

The strategic agreement was signed by Tibor Czigány, Director of the University of Technology, Attila Kotán, Chancellor of the University of Technology, Gábor Czepek, CEO of MVM and Zsolt Bertalan, Group Director of Technology and Innovation of MVM Zrt.

"The signing of this consortium agreement will give new impetus to our decades-long collaboration. We will support the energy company with scientific innovations and our students will be able to broaden their knowledge with practical experience," said János Levendovszky, Deputy Director of Science and Innovation at the BME, when he shared his views on the cooperation. Almost all of the 25 bachelor's and 38 master's degree courses offered by the eight faculties of the University of Technology (BME), ranging from the construction, IT, chemistry, electrical networking or economics, are related to energy and energy management. In addition to sustainable buildings, BME staff is also researching the development potential of electric vehicle propulsion systems and the role of artificial intelligence in energy management. This multi-faceted connection is further reinforced by the agreement just signed with MVM.

"This group will be the pioneer of energy innovation, the development of energy-related technologies. R&D and innovation is an important part of our strategy. The University of Technology is an important partner for us, both in connection with R&D activities and training of specialists", emphaised Zsolt Bertalan, Group Director of Technology and Innovation at MVM. The MVM Group is a key player in the Hungarian energy system, and its successful and competitive activities play an important role in achieving the country's energy strategy goals. As the fourth largest group in Hungary, its activities cover all areas of the Hungarian energy value chain. The MVM Group aims to provide its customers with affordable and clean energy in a sustainable manner that lives up to the standards of the 21st century.

Hungary is one of the five EU Member States (along with France, Denmark, Germany and Sweden) that have enacted the requirement to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050 , i.e. to become carbon neutral, under the so-called "Green Deal". The Zero Carbon Centre, which is leading the four-year research programme now underway, was established at the University of Technology in recognition of the fact that the "green transition" to carbon neutrality will focus on business and technological innovations that not only offer research and innovation opportunities, but can also become important tools for economic development by strengthening the domestic backbone industry. Close cooperation between engineering and social sciences is required  to ensure that environmental and economic aspects are interconnected. The University of Technology, where both fields are instructed and researched, provides suitable background for this activity. "ZKK provides a platform for building up a domestic knowledge base so that the most innovative, future-proof solutions can be applied in practice in the short term. By achieving this goal, Hungary will a prominent role in the international energy science. MVM will be our strategic partner", said Péter Kaderják, Director of the Zero Carbon Centre (ZKK), confirming the importance of the newly established consortium. The initial research will cover the closely interrelated topics of energy communities, distribution flexibility market, energy storage, smart grid development and cyber security. The recently signed consortium agreement between BME and MVM is essential for carrying out the research project in the subject.

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