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Prof. Dr. Mathias Noe
Program Spokesperson & Topic 6 Spokesperson
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Dr.-Ing. Isabelle Südmeyer
Manager of Program
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Barbara Teichert
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Dr. Myriam Elisa Gil-Bardaji
Manager of JP Energy Storage
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Dr. Aarti Singh
Coordination EU-Project FASTGRID at KIT
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Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures – for the renewable energy age

New Program within the Research Field Energy of the Helmholtz Association


On 3rd August 2011, the German Government adopted the 6th Energy Research Program, entitled “Research for an environmentally sound, reliable, and affordable energy supply”. The goals defined in the document provide the foundation for the content and shape of the Helmholtz programs. The programs are in line with the goals outlined in the government’s High-Tech Strategy for Germany and in its Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research.

For present period of program-oriented funding (PoF III) of Helmholtz, which will run from 2015 to 2019, the Research Field Energy will therefore use the findings of its on-going scientific work and the current challenges facing society as a basis for restructuring, refocusing, and further developing its programmes. To better leverage the expertise and potential of Helmholtz research, closer links will be established among all the individual themes, topics, and programs in energy research. This network will also extend beyond the Research Field Energy, thus connecting its work to every other research field within the Helmholtz Association.

Press Release 004/2015

For the success of the German Energiewende, it is mandatory to develop economically efficient energy storage systems and to design and link important infrastructures for energy transmission and distribution. Supply of energy based mostly on renewable energy sources requires three important new technical solutions. First, adequate energy storage to compensate volatile energy generation and to bridge seasonal fluctuations in supply and demand, second, technologies and infrastructures to master the upcoming challenges of energy transmission and distribution, and, third, a much better link between different energy carriers (e.g. gas, electricity) to secure reliable, flexible, efficient, and economic energy supply. These are the guidelines for the following R&D topics in this programme. The main research topics include many technical options and aim for prompt application, eco-friendly manufacturing, high efficiency, and safe and reliable system integration. The programme has important links and contributes to the joint energy storage programme of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).


Participating Helmholtz Centers:





October 2018: Next-Generation Batteries for E-mobility and Stationary Storage Systems

Big storage capacities, short charging times, and no burnable liquid electrolytes – the solid-state battery is to enable safe electric mobility with large ranges in the future. Now 14 scientific institutions including the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have formed the “FestBatt” competence cluster to work together on this next battery generation. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds research and development with EUR 16 million. The competence cluster is coordinated by the University of Gießen (JLU)

Press Release 126/2018
October 2018: NADINE: Power-Plant-Scale Energy Storage

On the way towards a CO2-neutral energy system, storage of large amounts of energy still is an unsolved problem. In the future, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and Stuttgart University plan to jointly develop appropriate energy storage systems. For this purpose, the research institutions have now agreed on the establishment of a research infrastructure, the National Demonstrator for Isentropic Energy Storage (NADINE). The test facility for the development of power-plant-scale energy storage systems will be built in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. 

Press Release 127/2018
October 2018: International Workshop on Carnot Batteries in Stuttgart

Prof. André Thess (DLR)  and Prof. Thomas Wetzel (KIT) jointly organised an International Workshop on Carnot Batteries together with University Stuttgart on October 9-10 in Stuttgart. The organisers successfully brought together international  experts in the field of thermal energy storage in order to access an exchange on the state-of-the-art of research and demonstration of Carnot Batteries with the aim of establishing an international visible platform for Carnot Batteries. among them Physics Nobel Prize winner Robert Laughlin of Stanford University. After the Greeting Words of the Prof. Ertl (University of Stuttgart) and Prof. Knebel (KIT, see picture), Prof. Laughlin introduced to the subject with an engaged and charming Keynote lecture “Heat is the Answer”. Prof. Thess presented the opportunities and challenges of the planned joint construction of the research facility NADINE (National Demonstrator for Isentropic Energy Storage). In the following Researchers from US, Japan, Spain, UK and Germany presented their present work and infrastructures from low temperature to high temperature Power-Heat-Power applications, which are closely linked to NADINE.

Press Release DLR
October 2018: National Demonstrator for Isentropic Energy Storage (NADINE) - Memorandum of Understanding signed

DLR, the University of Stuttgart and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are planning the joint construction of the research facility NADINE (National Demonstrator for Isentropic Energy Storage). In a sustainable energy system, energy storage systems are of vital importance for the integration of renewable energies. However, there has been a lack of location-independent and cost-effective storage on a power plant scale. The German Aerospace Center (DLR), the University of Stuttgart and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) intend to jointly build the NADINE research facility. A first design project phase has been supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

For this joint activity the three institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 8 October 2018 in Stuttgart (see picture) in a festive frame program. Physics Nobel Prize winner Robert Laughlin of Stanford University, who initiated the MALTA storage project from Google X, gave an evening lecture entitled "Can Heat Save Us?". Laughlin advocates heat-based electricity storage as researched in NADINE.

Press Release DLR
October 2018: Einladung zum EnSoC Netzwerkseminar: Blockchain und Energiewirtschaft

Die Blockchain-Technologie sorgt für Gesprächsstoff über Industriegrenzen hinweg. Auch in der Wissenschaft wird das Thema Blockchain kontrovers diskutiert.

Um etwas Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen, haben wir dieses Netzwerkseminar eingerichtet und mit Prof. Dr. Weinhardt und Prof. Dr. Sunyaev ausgewiesene Experten auf dem Gebiet der Blockchain-Technologie eingeladen.


Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt, KIT IISM (Link)

Designing Smart Microgrids - Das Projekt LAMP: Stromhandel unter Nachbarn


Prof. Dr. Ali Sunyaev, KIT AIFB (Link)

Sorgenfrei in die Zukunft dank Trusted Blockchain - Was ist DLT? Was ist Blockchain? Warum betrifft das mein Unternehmen?


Montag 15. Oktober 2018

16:30 Uhr – 18:00 Uhr

KIT Campus Süd, Gebäude 10.11, Alter Senatssaal (DG), Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe (Link in Google Maps)

September 2018: Excellence Strategy: KIT Is Successful with Two Clusters of Excellence

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has successfully acquired funding for two clusters of excellence within the Excellence Strategy launched by the federal and state governments. The Excellence Commission has agreed to fund KIT’s proposals in the area of energy research and materials science for a period of seven years. One of the clusters is "Energy Storage beyond Lithium – New Concepts for a Sustainable Future".

Press Release 120/2018