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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:





July 2018: KIT participating in European FET Flagship project – 3 projects passed 1st stage –

The European Commission set up a call for so called FET Flagships. “Flagships are visionary, science-driven, large-scale research initiatives addressing grand Scientific and Technological (S&T) challenges designed to run for ten years. They are long-term initiatives bringing together excellent research teams across various disciplines, sharing a unifying goal and an ambitious research roadmap on how to achieve it.” (for more details on Flagships see here)

KIT participated in several proposal within the first stage of the flagship proposal process. In the field of energy research, three  applications with KIT participation including several scientists of the SCI program have passed successfully the first stage: CLEAN ENERGY, which is coordinated by KIT, Prof. Bernhard Holzapfel (ITEP) strongly supported by the EERA secretariat, Dr. Holger Ihssen, and two further energy flagships, which are  "Battery 2030+" and "SUNRISE".

The current work programme 2018 to 2020 includes a call for proposals for the funding of a maximum of six pilot measures of one million euros each in preparation for these FET flagships. The task of the projects is to develop a coherent vision and a long-term implementation plan for a future flagship within a project duration of approximately one year and to secure broad support of the scientific community for this vision.

The procedure consisted of two stages. Results of the second stage are expected on November 29, 2018. Proposals can be submitted on three topics: ICT and Connected Society;Health and the Life Sciences and Energy, Environment and Climate change.

July 2018: CELEST Kick-off meeting at HIU

The Kick-off meeting of CELEST and the first general assembly of its members took place at the HIU, Ulm. The CELEST members elected the spokespersons of the three research areas, actively discussed joint projects and decided on future activities and strategies for the research platform. The CELEST steering committee nominated Prof. Maximilian Fichtner as director of CELEST and Prof. Helmut Ehrenberg as deputy director of the center. The meeting laid a strong foundation for fruitful collaboration and impressively illustrated the broad range of scientific competences gathered among the CELEST members, paving the way for new joint endeavors in electrochemical energy storage.

July 2018: Renewable Fuel from the Sewage Treatment Plant

INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the Spanish company GAS NATURAL FENOSA are presently making an important step towards closing the carbon dioxide cycle. In Sabadell, Catalonia, they built a plant that produces synthetic natural gas from climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable hydrogen. The process is based on the production of hydrogen by electrolysis and its reaction with CO2 from biogenic sources, e.g. sewage sludge.

Press Release 82/2018
July 2018: New Superconductor Technology for the Transmission Grid

The German energy transition makes it necessary to extend the transmission grid. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with the grid operator TenneT, now studies the use of superconductor technology as an alternative to conventional power cables for short grid sections within the framework of the ENSURE Kopernikus Project. The superconductor cables designed by KIT for this purpose are efficient and powerful. After successful testing, they might allow for a more compact construction of power transmission lines in the three-phase grid.

Press Release 77/2018
July 2018: The Biannual addition of the FASTGRID Newsletter is out

FASTGRID published its second newsletter in July 2018 and it can be accessed under the following link. The newsletter is planned on a biannual basis with alternating focus on material development and device development. As the project starts into its second year and picks up pace with progress being made and more results and publications being published, the newsletter will be get more ever more interesting and informational.

July 2018: EERA 10-year Anniversary Conference, 26-27 June, 2018 in Brussels

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary the European Energy Research

Alliance (EERA) organized a high level policy conference addressing key

issues with an impact on the present and the future of the energy research

and innovation in Europe. In six sessions, each introduced by a key lecture

followed by round table discussion with selected representatives of the

European Commission, EERA Joint Programmes, research and industry. The

topics of the sessions included

I) Research and Innovation at the core of the Energy Union,

II) Stakeholder collaboration for EU Energy Transition,

III) EERA catalysing European alignment driving bottom-up alignment,

fostering top-down convergence,

IV) Megatrends in energy transition,

V) The systemic nature of energy transition and

VI) Visions for a sustainable energy future.

In Session V, the coordinators of the EERA Joint Programmes on Energy

Storage (ES), economic, environmental and societal impacts of energy

policies and technologies (e3s), Nuclear Materials (NM) and Smart Cities

(SC) discussed systemic interactions across technologies and how they

interpin the overarching grand societal challenges, notably in the context

of Horizon Europe. Edel Sheriden (SINTEF) represented the JP ES on behalf of

the coordinator (KIT) and emphasized the relevance and opportunities of

materials and intellectual property resources within Europe in order to

fostering research , development and innovation for the energy transition.