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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:





June 2018: MOOC on superconductivity by FASTGRID Coordinator

The EU Project coordinator participated in a video explaining the basics of superconductivity to graduate students and linking these basics with the newest application and research based on the results from horizon 2020 EU project FASTGRID. The video is available on youtube for watching and can be seen here on our SCI website as well with KIT as a participating partner in this EU project.

Video (in french)
June 2018: EERA 10-year Anniversary Conference

EERA is organizing  a two-day event to discuss key questions regarding the present and the future of European energy community with key representatives from EU institutions, Member States, international organisations, research, industry, citizens organisations and other stakeholders. For instance

What are the present and the future of the European energy community?

How can stakeholders in energy research & innovation cooperate to contribute to the implementation of the SET-Plan and make the Energy Union happen? 

What are the big trends in energy transition and what technology developments will disrupt our way of thinking, producing and consuming energy in the future?

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May 2018: EERA JP Energy Storage Meeting

The bi-annual EERA JP Energy Storage meeting was scheduled from Thursday 3 May to Friday 4 May at the premises of DIFFER in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all JP ES members in order to discuss and manage the JP activities. While the first day was dedicated to administrative issues, the second day gave the opportunity to have deep scientific discussions in each topic.

May 2018: MRS Spring Meeting 2018

The MRS Spring Meeting was held in Phoenix Arizona from the 2-6. April 2018. With a special symposium session on Superconductivity organized by KIT senior scientists, the topic of superconductivity applications amongst energy materials and technologies were well represented at the conference. Moreover the conference was also a venue for scientists from around the world to colloborate and acknowledge the work performed within the framework of european projects funded by the european commission and served as a platform for dissemination of data and results with high potential for immediate applications amongst industry and academia interested folk.

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May 2018: Live and Precise Recording of Grid Voltage and Load Currents

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a novel monitoring and analysis tool for electrical power grids: The EDR – Electrical Data Recorder continuously scans grid voltage and load currents with high precision and high resolution. While power generation from renewable sources by decentralized producers is increasing, the EDR will provide deeper insight into real systems processes in the future. The data measured will enhance the quality of simulations and enable reliable control of future smart grids.

Press Release 47/2018
May 2018: Regional Conference on Greening Mobility by Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

The Regionalkonferenz Mobilitätswende (regional conference on greening mobility), which will took place in Bruchsal on 14 June, is a shining example of close cooperation at the regional level. The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (MRN) and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion have been working closely together to develop solutions against the backdrop of technological and social change for many years. With this regional conference, they are aiming to encourage players in the mobility sector to share knowledge and ideas in a new event format. Expert forums, panel discussions and keynote addresses from experts and political decision-makers offer in-depth insights into current trends and developments in the mobility arena. Please find the agenda here.

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