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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. Olga Suminska-Ebersoldt
Dr. Olga Suminska-Ebersoldt
Manager of JP Energy Storage
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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:





Dorothea Wagner
January 2020: Dorothea Wagner to Chair the Council of Science and Humanities

Computer scientist Dorothea Wagner, who conducts research and teaches at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will chair the Council of Science and Humanities, Germany’s most important advisory body in research policy. After her predecessor, agricultural economist Martina Brockmeier, and engineering scientist Dagmar Schipanski, Dorothea Wagner, professor and Head of KIT’s Institute of Theoretical Informatics, is the third woman in this post.

Press Release 10/2020
Januar 2020: Neue Veranstaltungsreihe: ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.

Mit der neuen Veranstaltungsreihe „ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.“ am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) informiert das KIT-Zentrum Energie aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht über die Fortschritte und Herausforderungen bei der Energiewende sowie über die neuesten Erkenntnisse und Trends aus der Energieforschung. Die Reihe startet am Montag, 3. Februar 2020, um 18:00 Uhr mit einem Abend zum Thema Energiespeicher. Veranstaltungsort ist der Tulla-Hörsaal am Campus Süd des KIT (Geb. 11.40, Englerstraße 11). Alle interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger sind zu Austausch und Diskussion eingeladen.

3. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiespeicher – Elektrisch. Thermisch. Chemisch.

17. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Erneuerbare Energien – Sonne. Erde. Wind.

23. März 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiesystem – Entwicklungspfade. Technik. Märkte.

Press Release 05/2020
December 2019: Up to 30 Percent more Capacity for Lithium-ion Batteries

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and cooperating institutions studied structural changes during the synthesis of cathode materials for future high-energy lithium-ion batteries and obtained new major findings about degradation mechanisms. These findings might contribute to the development of batteries of far higher capacity, which would then increase the range of electric vehicles. The results are reported in Nature Communications (DOI 10.1038/s41467-019-13240-z).

Press Release 160/2019
November 2019: Nature Journal Publication by IAM-ESS

“Structural insights into the formation and voltage degradation of lithium- and manganese-rich layered oxides” 

Although high-energy lithium- and manganese-rich layered cathode materials can deliver 30 % excess capacity compared with today’s commercially used cathodes, the so-called voltage decay has been restricting their practical application. Here, we have investigated systematically the structural and compositional dependence of manganese-rich lithium insertion compounds on the lithium content provided during synthesis and the complexity in the synthesis pathways of layered Li[Li0.2Ni0.2Mn0.6]O2 oxide. The transformation of the lithium-rich layered phase to a lithium-poor spinel phase via an intermediate lithium-containing rock-salt phase with release of lithium/oxygen was discovered during ultra-long-term cycling.

Thomas Leibfried
November 2019: Prof. Dr.-Ing.Thomas Leibfried elected to the Board of the Smart Grids Platform Baden-Württemberg e.V.

Professor Thomas Leibfried was elected to the board of the Smart Grids Platform Baden-Württemberg with effect from 1.1.2020. The purpose of the association is to promote intelligent energy networks (Smart Grids infrastructure) and related innovative Smart Grids products and services in research, development and implementation with the long-term goal of largely CO2-free energy supply generation. The platform represents over 60 partners from companies, research institutions and associations as well as individuals. The association was founded in 2013 in Stuttgart, published the Smart Grids Roadmap Baden-Württemberg and has the overall goal to implement this roadmap comprehensively and area-wide in Baden-Württemberg.

Energy Lab 2.0
November 2019: Energy Lab building awarded by Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects

In the "Karlsruhe-Land 2013 - 2019" award procedure, the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects (AKBW) has awarded the 'Exemplary Building Karlsruhe' prize to the Energy Lab 2.0 building (Building 668 on Campus North). The architectural office is Behnisch Architekten from Stuttgart, the tender and site management was carried out by Wiesler Zwirlein Architekten GbR from Ostfildern-Kemnat.

The jury's reasoning is: 'The new building presents itself as a free-standing solitaire with a homogeneous, translucent polycarbonate shell that allows the building to shine mysteriously at dusk and supplies the interior with natural light evenly during the day. The soft daylight and the wood of the supporting structure create a surprisingly pleasant working atmosphere in the test hall and the offices. Simple glass walls separate the different room areas, resulting in a variety of visual relationships. The Energy Lab 2.0 is an innovative, attractive and high-quality place for research.'