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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:





November 2017: Energy Transition: Project "Grid Control" and a Roadmap for Energy Storage of EASE and EERA JP ES

Smart grids contribute significantly to the success of the energy transition. In future, the distribution grids will not only absorb renewable energies, but will also integrate new components such as charging stations for electric cars, battery storage and smart home solutions. The intelligent coordination of the various systems with roll-fair system solutions is the focus of a field test in Freiamt (Baden-Württemberg), realised by KIT and its partners in the project "grid-control". Nationwide, grid-control is the first project that takes into account all areas of the value added chain from generation to the end user.

Use solar energy generated in the summer in winter - this is only possible with efficient energy storage systems. These are crucial to offset the fluctuating power generation of renewable energies. KIT has now coordinated the further development of the European roadmap for research and development strategies for the widespread use of cost-efficient energy storage technologies such as heat, electricity or gas storage.
The Roadmap is a joint initiative of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and the EERA Joint Program on Energy Storage of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA JP ES)


KIT monthly news 11/2017 (in German)
November 2017: Practical Test for the Future Energy Market

Can intelligent market structures push the energy transition? Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with the technology company “LO3 Energy” and the local utility company “EnergieSüdwest AG,” has now started the “Landau Microgrid Project” (LAMP), a rather uncommon field test: Selected private households will test decentralized electricity trading as a model of the future energy market.

Press Release 155/2017
November 2017: Big Data helps with climate-friendly power supply

Detailed weather forecasts and consumption data are indispensable for a resource-conserving power supply. Network operators and scientists of the Helmholtz Association work together on an intelligent network that can handle the enormous amounts of data. As part of the Helmholtz initiative Energy System 2050, techniques are being developed for efficiently collecting and processing consumption data and, for example, making it available to network operators.

Further Information (in German)
November 2017: Ineratec and Energiedienst inspect construction of a pilot plant for climate-neutral fuels in Laufenburg (Switzerland)

EnergieDienst Holding AG, together with INERATEC GmbH and a major automotive manufacturer, is currently examining the possibility of implementing a pilot plant for the production of climate-neutral fuels at the Laufenburg hydropower plant in Switzerland.
This power-to-liquid plant is to transform electricity from hydropower into synthetic fuel and wax on the power plant site. The green electricity produced on site in the hydroelectric power plant generates hydrogen by electrolysis, which is combined with CO2 from the air or biogenic plants and ultimately synthesized into hydrocarbons. The hydrocarbons can be converted to synthetic diesel (e-fuels) for CO2-free driving and waxing, for example for the cosmetics and food industries. In addition, the process creates heat that could be used for industrial plants and district heating.

Further Information (in German)
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October 2017: FASTGRID Project Meeting in Barcelona

The third FASTGRID project meeting took place in Barcelona on the 19th-20th October 2017. The project meeting was very well received and appreciated by all the consortium members. In total, 12 research institutions, universitites and industry partners participated in the 2 day meeting with 40 members in all. Contributions from each project partner were presented followed by lengthy discussion sessions. Parallel work package sessions, one on materials and one on devices, were held on the second day for effective collaborations between partners involved from all across europe to coordinate their research work. This project meeting brings us closer to enabling stronger technological exchange between the partners to make the achievement of advanced HTS REBCO tapes and HVFCLs a reality of the foreseeable future. Thank you to all the partners who made this event a success!

For upcoming FASTGRID events, please visit us on twitter Fastgrid@Fastgrid_EU or on our website: fastgrid-h2020.eu.

October 2017: 9th International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy)

ACM eEnergy is the premier forum for research at the intersection of computing and communication technologies with energy systems. It has established a strong track record for high-quality research in the application of computing and networked systems to make legacy systems more energy-efficient and in the design, analysis, and development of innovative energy systems. The Ninth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy) will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany from the 12th to the 15th of June 2018. By bringing together researchers in a single-track conference designed to offer significant opportunities for personal interaction, it is a major forum for shaping the future of this area.

Important Dates

Paper registration deadline: January 15th, 2018, AOE

Paper submission deadline: January 22nd, 2018, AOE

Author notification: April 9th, 2018

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