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Prof. Dr. Mathias Noe
Program Spokesperson & Topic 6 Spokesperson
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Dr. 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:





April 2018: Lecture Series on Energy Technology

This course is intended as a supplementary offer for doctoral candidates in energy technologies in order to inform about future energy systems in general, including primarily technologies outside the particular topic of the different doctorates. Principal investigators of different KIT departments will introduce into several major research topics of the KIT Energy Center, thereby providing an overview of the complex energy research field of KIT. The subjects of this course range from nuclear fusion and fission, renewable energies, energy efficiency, fuels and energy storage as well as electric power grids to the economics of energy markets. The learning goal is to discover and understand each own´s particular doctorate thesis as a component within a greater complex system.

Time: April, 18th, 2018 – 18th, July 2018 every Wednesday 17:30-19:00 pm

Location:  CS, Bldg. 20.40, Neuer Hörsaal Architektur

Further Information
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April 2018: Bringing Renewables to the Power Grid

Pascal Tixador, the project coordinator of the EU project FASTGRID, was interviewed by Sandrine Ceurstemont for an article released in the Horizon Magazine - EU research and innovation on applications of REBCO tapes and Superconducting Fault Current Limiters.

Horizon Magazine
April 2018: Survey for EU-Project SmILES

The SmILES project is looking at methods to simulate electrical and heating system combined with storage.

We seek to support practitioners by providing a free online training course on best practices in modelling and simulation.

We kindly ask you to take part in our survey to better understand your training needs so we can tailor the course accordingly.

April 2018: Battery Management System for Redox Flow Batteries

The redox-flow battery could be a crucial piece of the puzzle in the energy networks of the future: It is almost arbitrarily scalable, recyclable and can store energy stably. In addition, no rare raw materials are needed in the production. However, the batteries had to be adapted for each application scenario so far. In the future, this task will be carried out by a novel battery management developed by researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Press Release 39/2018
April 2018: KIT at the Hannover Messe 2018

At the Hanover Messe from 23rd - 27th April 2018, the KIT will present at the leading exhibition "Energy" the Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop-System (PHiL), an Battery Management System for Redox Flow Batteries and an Electrical Data Recorder for high-resolution measuring data of electricity grids. As in previous years, KIT will also be represented at the leading exhibition "Research and Technology". The Kopernikus Project ENSURE is shown at the „Integrated Energy Plaza“ on 26th April.

Press Release 31/2018
March 2018: International Workshop on “Dynamics in Power-to-X-Systems” - Finnish scientists visit KIT

Scientists from Finland visited the KIT, Campus North for a 2nd bilateral workshop „Energy Lab 2.0 meets Neocarbon Energy“ this time focusing on “Dynamics in Power-to-X-Systems” on March, 26-28, 2018.

About 30 researchers from VTT, LUT, DLR, FZJ and KIT met at KIT, Campus North for exchange of their knowledge and present activities on different power-to-x-systems, including electrolysis, methanation, synthesis of liquid hydrocarbons, and power-to-heat from modeling and simulation up to application, from technology to grid integration, which were presented in 18 talks and additional posters. Potential cooperation topics have been defined, e.g. economic integration of power- to-x systems into the grid, dynamic simulation of power-to-x process chains, system integration of power-to-x technologies in buildings, integration of microwave-sustained plasma splitting of CO2 with gas separation, as well as intelligent design and control of power-to-x systems.

The workshop was jointly organized by Topic 3 Synthetic Hydrocarbons, Prof. Roland Dittmeyer,  and Topic 6 Superconductivity, Networks and System Integration, Dr. Jörn Geisbüsch in close cooperation with the partners of VTT and LUT. It is a follow-up workshop to the first workshop held in February 2017 in Finland.