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Focusing Expertise - Shaping the Future
In the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich pool their outstanding expertise in five research sections, a JARA-Center and four JARA-Instituts.These common efforts open up new research opportunities and facilitate projects that would not be attainable for either of the partners on their own. Furthermore, their attention is always focused on the grand challenges facing society.

A study by the Chair of Energy System Economics at RWTH Aachen University, led by JARA-ENERGY scientist Prof. Aaron Praktiknjo, now concludes that the EEG levy poses a major challenge for low-income households. In the meantime, the new "traffic light" coalition plans to abolish the EEG levy from 2023, but the RWTH scientists propose a reform of the EEG levy as an alternative.

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In order to be able to protect people in particular from a renewed flood threat such as occurred in the summer of 2021, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the joint project "HoWas2021 - Governance und Kommunikation im Krisenfall des Hochwasserereignisses im Juli 2021". The project is led by JARA-ENERGY scientist Prof. Holger Schüttrumpf. The aim is to improve forecasting, communication and organization.

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Optimization of catalysts is often difficult because the exact mechanisms leading to the desired result are often unclear. An example of this is the stabilization of palladium(I) dimers, which relies on a very small class of phosphine ligands. Based on the research of Hueffel et al, JARA-CSD scientist Franziska Schoenebeck has now succeeded in synthesizing eight previously undescribed dimers.

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