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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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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).


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July 2019: Review for EU Project FASTGRID in Brussels

The second review meeting for the European project FASTGRID, jointly managed by CNRS Grenoble and KIT Karlsruhe was held in Brussels on the 17.07.2019 with Work Package leaders and FASTGRID external Expert, Dr. Ewa Jedryka in the European Commission building. Results were presented to show focused progress in each of the respective WPs related to material characterization and testing methodology of the HVDC smart module demonstrator and the success of the project could be measured in terms of comments from the external exert who described FASTGRID as a very ambitious project with good results. The team of scientists are grateful and satisfied for the positive remarks from the European commission representatives and strive to continue the high quality research that they want to stand for, for the energy research and innovation within Europe. Congratulations and all the best for the next reporting period!

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June 2019: ETIP BatteRIes Europe officially launched

The European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) – BatteRIes Europe has now been launched officially!

BatteRIes Europe is the forum bringing together all relevant stakeholders in the European batteries research and innovation ecosystem in order to develop and support a competitive battery value chain in Europe.

The ETIP creates a bridge between the different actions related to the battery industry, especially in relation to research and innovation (R&I), and ensures that the relevant stakeholders have the possibility to discuss, and agree upon common R&I priorities.

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May 2019: Crowd Oil not crude oil

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the University of Toronto have proposed a method enabling air conditioning and ventilation systems to produce synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water from the ambient air. Compact plants are to separate CO2 from the ambient air directly in buildings and produce synthetic hydrocarbons which can then be used as renewable synthetic oil. The KIT researcher of Program SCI – Topic 3 Synthetic Hydrocarbons, namely Roland Dittmeyer and Michael Klumpp, now presents this "crowd oil" concept in Nature Communications. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09685-x)

Press Release 58/2019
April 2019: Prof. Stefano Passerini admitted to the Academy of Science Leopoldina

Prof. Stefano Passerini, Director of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm, has now been elected to the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Passerini has been working on the development of materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage for 30 years. His research focuses on the basic understanding and development of materials for lithium batteries, such as ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and electrode materials. Passerini is the co-author of over 500 publications and for the third year in a row one of the most cited researchers in his field.

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April 2019: Sodium-Ion Batteries: from Materials Development to Technology Innovation

To provide an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and high-performing alternative to lithium-ion batteries – that’s the goal for the next generation of sodium-ion batteries. The technically relevant active materials and electrolytes are currently being designed and optimized by scientists of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (FSU). Within the TRANSITION project, they are developing solutions to ensure the technology transfer of sodium-ion batteries to the industrial level, making a significant contribution to a more sustainable energy storage market in Germany. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with EUR 1.15 million for a duration of three years.

Press Release 54/2019
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April 2019: Off-grid hybrid renewable energy systems - KIT study in Uganda

Off-grid hybrid renewable energy systems (OHRES) utilize renewable resources, such as wind and solar power, as well as backup generators to provide electricity for remote communities. A major challenge to the accelerated expansion of these systems is a lack of reliable data assessing the technical and economic performance of systems across diverse geographies. This is due to the lack of standardization in technical and economic analyses for OHRES systems.

Mohamed Elkadragy, a PhD candidate in Renewable Energy at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) embarked on a techno-economic study of OHRES systems with the support of AE4H in 2017. The goal is to carry out a contrastive techno-economic analysis and system design optimization of two similar wind/solar OHRES systems installed in locations with very different climatic and economic conditions - Canada and Uganda. The aim is to understand how technical, economic, and environmental contexts influence the economic feasibility and sustainability of OHRES systems. 

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