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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).


Participating Helmholtz Centers:





August 2019: Battery research: New method for characterizing electrolyte solutions

Lithium-ion batteries are proven power storage devices for mobile devices such as smartphones or e-bikes. Capacity and service life depend on the materials used, but are also determined at the interfaces between battery fluid and electrodes. Until now, there has been a lack of methods to investigate the reactions taking place here in real time under realistic conditions. As they report in the journal Nature Communications, KIT researchers, together with Swedish colleagues, have now succeeded for the first time in using photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate solvents and battery electrolyte solution, thereby maintaining the liquid phase over a longer period of time. The decisive factor here was the stabilizing ambient pressure of the solvent in gaseous form.

"A stable liquid state and realistic concentrations of the electrolyte salts are decisive for the design of future real studies in battery research," says Julia Maibach, Head of Group Designed Interfaces for Electrochemical Energy Storage at KIT. Only during battery operation does a layer form between the electrolyte fluid and the negative electrode, which at best acts as protection. However, this side reaction consumes charge and leads to capacity losses. The team's goal is to understand the interfacial reaction in detail and then develop customized electrode protective layers. With its new method, it has already been able to determine concentration differences in the electrolyte solution.

August 2019: Carbon-neutral Fuels from Air and Green Power

Several challenges associated with the energy transition can be managed by coupling the sectors of electric power and mobility. Green power could be stored in the long term, fuels of high energy density could be used in a carbon-neutral way. Sector coupling has now been demonstrated by the partners of the P2X Kopernikus project on the premises of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The first liters of fuel were produced from air-captured carbon dioxide and green power. For the first time, a container-based test facility integrating all four chemical process steps needed was used to implement a continuous process with maximum carbon dioxide utilization and very high energy efficiency.

Press Release 107/2019
August 2019: Konrad Zuse Medal: Dorothea Wagner is the first woman to receive the highest computer science award in Germany.

With the Konrad Zuse Medal awarded every two years, the Gesellschaft für Informatik has honored outstanding personalities since 1987 who have made outstanding contributions to computer science in a special way. With Prof. Dr. Dorothea Wagner, Professor at the KIT Department of Informatics, receives for the first time a woman the highest honor of the German-speaking computer science community.

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Battery Production
July 2019: Battery Production at Record Speed

With a new coating process, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have produced electrodes for lithium-ion batteries at record speed. At the same time, the new process improves the quality of electrodes and reduces production costs.

Press Release 103/2019
July 2019: KIT Is University of Excellence

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was successful in the funding line of “Universities of Excellence” in the Excellence Strategy competition launched by the Federation and the Federal States. The concept “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change” will now be granted funding. For the next seven years, a total amount of EUR 105 million was applied for. KIT’s proposal focuses on strengthening excellent research at KIT. Other central elements are intensive dialog with society and providing reliable academic careers. This concept has made KIT one of eleven Universities of Excellence selected for funding by the Excellence Commission from a total of 19 proposals. The decision was announced on Friday afternoon (July 19, 2019) in Bonn.

Press Release 98/2019
July 2019: Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek Visits Helmholtz Institute Ulm

Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, visited Ulm and informed herself about battery research there. She came to see the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU) that was established by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with Ulm University and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

Press Release 94/2019