Innovation calls for significant human and financial resources, as well as a great deal of time and effort. In the energy sector in particular, innovations often require dozens of years of research and development, and it is difficult to reconcile this timeframe with the short- to medium-term expectations of private and institutional investors with regard to return on investment.
This means that the public sector, too, has to commit to providing long-term support for the process of innovation in the energy industry. The promotion of knowledge and technology transfer in the energy sector by the federal government is laid down in Article 47 of the Federal Energy Act and in Article 52 of the Federal Energy Ordinance.
The four main pillars of the KTT-programme are as follows: promotion of innovation, catalytic function, coordination and information. The SFOE is the contact point for energy-related knowledge and technology transfer, and it also provides information about innovation promotion.