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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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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:





January 2019: Magnesium Batteries: Dawn of the Post-lithium Era

A better performance, lower costs, and enhanced safety compared to lithium-ion batteries: These are the hopes of scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and their cooperation partners in relation to novel magnesium batteries to be developed under the E-MAGIC research project. E-MAGIC is funded by the European Union (EU) with more than EUR 6.5 million and is to pool the relevant activities of various European science institutions.

Press Release 001/2019
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December 2018: Fuels for Climate-neutral Airplanes

“PowerFuel” Project Prepares Commercialization of Synthetic Kerosene from Renewable Electricity and Airborne Carbon Dioxide at KIT.

Aviation is energy-intensive. Air traffic is increasing constantly, with negative impacts on the world’s climate. Now, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Ineratec, a spinoff of KIT, are testing, together with other partners from industry and research, the production of synthetic climate-neutral fuels for aviation, heavy-duty traffic, and ship traffic.

Press Release 165/2018
December 2018: INERATEC Wins First Lothar Späth Award

Inexpensive and climate-friendly production of fuels from renewable energy sources – this is the mission of INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Conventionally, production of synthetic fuels, such as gasoline, requires very large facilities. INERATEC builds compact chemical reactors and fits them into a ship container so that they can be used at any location. For this idea, the young company hasreceived the first Lothar Späth Award.

Press Release 161/2018
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.

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