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Program Spokesperson & Topic 6 Spokesperson
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Dr.-Ing. Isabelle Südmeyer
Manager of Program
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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:





October 2019: Calcium Batteries: New Electrolytes, Enhanced Properties

Calcium-based batteries promise to reach a high energy density at low manufacturing costs. This lab-scale technology has the potential for replacing lithium-ion technology in future energy storage systems. Using the electrolytes available, however, it has been impossible so far to charge calcium batteries at room temperature. In the Energy & Environmental Science journal, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now present a promising electrolyte class, with which this will be possible. (DOI: 10.1039/c9ee01699f)

Press Release 133/2019
October 2019: Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the lithium-ion batteries developers

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2019 was jointly awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion batteries".

One of the three excellent scientists, M. Stanley Whittingham, was attending the ABAA 12 meeting, which took place from 6 to 9 October in Ulm, Germany.

October 2019: IEEE Webinar Electriciy for All

On Friday October 18, WISE and AE4H invite you to join us for a webinar hosted by the IEEE. This webinar will provide an overview of the main issues, ideas, and solutions discussed in the September 2019 Proceedings special issue “Electricity for All: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions for Energy-Disadvantaged Communities.” WISE Executive Director Professor Jatin Nathwani, along with AE4H members Claudio Cañizares (University of Waterloo), and Daniel Kammen (University of California, Berkeley, USA) will be presenting their work followed by a question and answer session.

September 2019: Energiewendetage Baden-Württemberg 2019

this weekend, the Energiewendetage Baden-Württemberg will take place again. The KIT will present a variety of results and solutions from science, the Master Plan 2030 and the KIT energy concept. This year, the focus will be on the heat and mobility transformation.

September 2019: Konrad Zuse Medal Goes to Computer Scientist of KIT

Dorothea Wagner’s research on automated route planning is applied daily all over the world. So far, the computer scientist of KIT has published more than 250 articles about algorithmics issues. The professor combines theoretical and practical approaches to optimize energy systems, among others. The Konrad Zuse Medal presented to Dorothea Wagner at the Annual Meeting of the German Informatics Society (GI) honors her as “an outstanding scientist, whose contributions to informatics research are at the leading edge worldwide.”

Press Release 125/2019
August 2019: Battery research: New method for characterizing electrolyte solutions

Lithium-ion batteries are proven power storage devices for mobile devices such as smartphones or e-bikes. Capacity and service life depend on the materials used, but are also determined at the interfaces between battery fluid and electrodes. Until now, there has been a lack of methods to investigate the reactions taking place here in real time under realistic conditions. As they report in the journal Nature Communications, KIT researchers, together with Swedish colleagues, have now succeeded for the first time in using photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate solvents and battery electrolyte solution, thereby maintaining the liquid phase over a longer period of time. The decisive factor here was the stabilizing ambient pressure of the solvent in gaseous form.

"A stable liquid state and realistic concentrations of the electrolyte salts are decisive for the design of future real studies in battery research," says Julia Maibach, Head of Group Designed Interfaces for Electrochemical Energy Storage at KIT. Only during battery operation does a layer form between the electrolyte fluid and the negative electrode, which at best acts as protection. However, this side reaction consumes charge and leads to capacity losses. The team's goal is to understand the interfacial reaction in detail and then develop customized electrode protective layers. With its new method, it has already been able to determine concentration differences in the electrolyte solution.