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Prof. Dr. Mathias Noe
Program Spokesperson & Topic 6 Spokesperson
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N. N.
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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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 2020: National Hydrogen Strategy

President Holger Hanselka (KIT) and Olivier Guillon (FZJ) in an interview about the role of hydrogen in the future energy system.

Helmholtz (in German)
May 2020: How Efficient Are Solar Power Storage Systems?

More and more photovoltaic systems are equipped with batteries that store power produced during sunshine for later use. Such solar power storage systems enable operators to use a maximum fraction of the solar power produced for own purposes. The more efficient the storage system is, the higher is the economic profit. The “Testbench” project enhances the quality of efficiency measurements for better comparison of battery systems by planners and operators. The collaboration project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is carried out by Fraunhofer IEE, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), VDE|DKE, and TÜV Rheinland. Associated partners are AIT, BSW, and BVES.

Press Release 36/2020
Battery 2030+
April 2020: Roadmap for Battery Research in Europe

To develop tomorrow’s batteries, partners from science and industry all over Europe have launched the research initiatve BATTERY 2030+. Now, a roadmap defines the milestones in more detail: A joint platform for the development of materials with the help of artificial intelliegence (AI), networked sensors and self-healing technology for batteries, and sustainable production and recycling processes. Via the CELEST platform, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Ulm University, and the Baden-Württemberg Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) participate in the consortium.

Press Release 25/2020
February 2020: AgiloBat: Flexible Production of Battery Cells

So far, rigid production processes and product lines have characterized battery production for various applications, from e-mobility to the power tool. The AgiloBat research project will facilitate a flexible battery production in terms of format, material, and number of pieces. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) cooperate with partners to develop an agile production system. The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts (MWK) with up to EUR 4.5 million. For the next project stage, funding with up to EUR 14 million is envisaged by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Press Release 12/2020
Dorothea Wagner
January 2020: Dorothea Wagner to Chair the Council of Science and Humanities

Computer scientist Dorothea Wagner, who conducts research and teaches at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will chair the Council of Science and Humanities, Germany’s most important advisory body in research policy. After her predecessor, agricultural economist Martina Brockmeier, and engineering scientist Dagmar Schipanski, Dorothea Wagner, professor and Head of KIT’s Institute of Theoretical Informatics, is the third woman in this post.

Press Release 10/2020
Januar 2020: Neue Veranstaltungsreihe: ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.

Mit der neuen Veranstaltungsreihe „ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.“ am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) informiert das KIT-Zentrum Energie aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht über die Fortschritte und Herausforderungen bei der Energiewende sowie über die neuesten Erkenntnisse und Trends aus der Energieforschung. Die Reihe startet am Montag, 3. Februar 2020, um 18:00 Uhr mit einem Abend zum Thema Energiespeicher. Veranstaltungsort ist der Tulla-Hörsaal am Campus Süd des KIT (Geb. 11.40, Englerstraße 11). Alle interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger sind zu Austausch und Diskussion eingeladen.

3. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiespeicher – Elektrisch. Thermisch. Chemisch.

17. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Erneuerbare Energien – Sonne. Erde. Wind.

23. März 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiesystem – Entwicklungspfade. Technik. Märkte.

Press Release 05/2020