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EUJuly 2018: KIT participating in European FET Flagship project – 3 projects passed 1st stage –

The European Commission set up a call for so called FET Flagships. “Flagships are visionary, science-driven, large-scale research initiatives addressing grand Scientific and Technological (S&T) challenges designed to run for ten years. They are long-term initiatives bringing together excellent research teams across various disciplines, sharing a unifying goal and an ambitious research roadmap on how to achieve it.” (for more details on Flagships see here)

KIT participated in several proposal within the first stage of the flagship proposal process. In the field of energy research, three  applications with KIT participation including several scientists of the SCI program have passed successfully the first stage: CLEAN ENERGY, which is coordinated by KIT, Prof. Bernhard Holzapfel (ITEP) strongly supported by the EERA secretariat, Dr. Holger Ihssen, and two further energy flagships, which are  "Battery 2030+" and "SUNRISE".

The current work programme 2018 to 2020 includes a call for proposals for the funding of a maximum of six pilot measures of one million euros each in preparation for these FET flagships. The task of the projects is to develop a coherent vision and a long-term implementation plan for a future flagship within a project duration of approximately one year and to secure broad support of the scientific community for this vision.

The procedure consisted of two stages. Results of the second stage are expected on November 29, 2018. Proposals can be submitted on three topics: ICT and Connected Society;Health and the Life Sciences and Energy, Environment and Climate change.

CELESTEJuly 2018: CELEST Kick-off meeting at HIU

The Kick-off meeting of CELEST and the first general assembly of its members took place at the HIU, Ulm. The CELEST members elected the spokespersons of the three research areas, actively discussed joint projects and decided on future activities and strategies for the research platform. The CELEST steering committee nominated Prof. Maximilian Fichtner as director of CELEST and Prof. Helmut Ehrenberg as deputy director of the center. The meeting laid a strong foundation for fruitful collaboration and impressively illustrated the broad range of scientific competences gathered among the CELEST members, paving the way for new joint endeavors in electrochemical energy storage.

INERATECJuly 2018: Renewable Fuel from the Sewage Treatment Plant

INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the Spanish company GAS NATURAL FENOSA are presently making an important step towards closing the carbon dioxide cycle. In Sabadell, Catalonia, they built a plant that produces synthetic natural gas from climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable hydrogen. The process is based on the production of hydrogen by electrolysis and its reaction with CO2 from biogenic sources, e.g. sewage sludge.

Press Release 82/2018
SuperconductorJuly 2018: New Superconductor Technology for the Transmission Grid

The German energy transition makes it necessary to extend the transmission grid. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with the grid operator TenneT, now studies the use of superconductor technology as an alternative to conventional power cables for short grid sections within the framework of the ENSURE Kopernikus Project. The superconductor cables designed by KIT for this purpose are efficient and powerful. After successful testing, they might allow for a more compact construction of power transmission lines in the three-phase grid.

Press Release 77/2018
FASTGRIDJuly 2018: The Biannual addition of the FASTGRID Newsletter is out

FASTGRID published its second newsletter in July 2018 and it can be accessed under the following link. The newsletter is planned on a biannual basis with alternating focus on material development and device development. As the project starts into its second year and picks up pace with progress being made and more results and publications being published, the newsletter will be get more ever more interesting and informational.

EERAJuly 2018: EERA 10-year Anniversary Conference, 26-27 June, 2018 in Brussels

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary the European Energy Research

Alliance (EERA) organized a high level policy conference addressing key

issues with an impact on the present and the future of the energy research

and innovation in Europe. In six sessions, each introduced by a key lecture

followed by round table discussion with selected representatives of the

European Commission, EERA Joint Programmes, research and industry. The

topics of the sessions included

I) Research and Innovation at the core of the Energy Union,

II) Stakeholder collaboration for EU Energy Transition,

III) EERA catalysing European alignment driving bottom-up alignment,

fostering top-down convergence,

IV) Megatrends in energy transition,

V) The systemic nature of energy transition and

VI) Visions for a sustainable energy future.

In Session V, the coordinators of the EERA Joint Programmes on Energy

Storage (ES), economic, environmental and societal impacts of energy

policies and technologies (e3s), Nuclear Materials (NM) and Smart Cities

(SC) discussed systemic interactions across technologies and how they

interpin the overarching grand societal challenges, notably in the context

of Horizon Europe. Edel Sheriden (SINTEF) represented the JP ES on behalf of

the coordinator (KIT) and emphasized the relevance and opportunities of

materials and intellectual property resources within Europe in order to

fostering research , development and innovation for the energy transition.

CELESTJune 2018: Largest battery research platform in Germany

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Ulm University (UUlm) and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) strengthen their collaboration in the area of Electrochemical Energy Storage. Founded on Jan 1, 2018, the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm-Karlsruhe (CELEST) plans, prepares and organizes new joint endeavors in research, teaching, development and technology transfer. CELEST shall act as a platform to improve communication and to co-ordinate and further develop joint activities with other universities and research institutions as well as the industry, at home and abroad. With 30 institutes, which are active in the field of electrochemical energy storage, CELEST represents the largest research platform for this topic in Germany.

Press Release HIU
ENERGIEJune 2018: 10 Years of KIT Energy Center

Since 2008, the KIT Energy Center has combined basic and applied research in natural, economic and social sciences, as well as in humanities and the legal field into a holistic approach to the entire energy cycle. As a dialog and strategy platform, it has bundled knowledge and expertise on energy research at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the past ten years. With around 1,500 employees, it has now grown into one of the largest energy research centers in Europe. The KIT Energy Center is celebrating its anniversary at its annual conference on June 26, 2018 from 9 am in the auditorium of the Training Center for Technology and Environment at KIT Campus North.

Press Release 73/2018
KITJune 2018: KIT at ACHEMA 2018

At ACHEMA 2018, the leading international trade fair for the process industry in Frankfurt am Main from June 11 to 15, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will be showcasing innovations for future energy supplies and process engineering. The KIT booth will introduce the Energy Lab 2.0 research infrastructure, show micro-structured reactors for the production of carbon dioxide neutral fuels, present additive manufacturing for the production of complex components for process intensification, and demonstrate data from computational fluid dynamics simulations using a virtual reality visualization approach.

Press Release 63/2018
FASTGRIDJune 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)
EERAJune 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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2018June 2018: Kick-Off Barbecue at Battery Technical Center

The Battery Technical Center bundles works in the field of electrical energy storage and develops economically efficient energy storage solutions. The R&D activities are now carried out in the institutes IAM-ESS , ETI  and wbk . For the foundation of the Battery Technical Center a Kick-Off Barbecue was held on 04.06.2018.

EERAMay 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.

MRSMay 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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EDRMay 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
RegionalkonferenzMay 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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KopernikusMay 2018: Meeting of Kopernikus Project ENavi

In the framework of the Kopernikus Project ENavi will be take place an interdisciplinary meeting at the TU Berlin on 7th June 2018 with the headline "Technical development options and institutional challenges in electricity distribution networks as a result of new loads in sectoral coupling (electromobility, heat pumps)". You can find the agenda here.

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EERAApril 2018: EERA Scientific Workshop

EERA organized a workshop on scientific advice to policy April 19 in Brussels. The workshop was for all Joint Programme participants. The key objective was two-fold:

1. Providing scientific input to the main initiatives impacting energy research in Europe: the implementation of the  SET-Plan and the discussion towards the next framework programme for R&I (FP9)

2. Exchanging knowledge, experiences and best practices across the JPs

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FASTGRIDApril 2018: 4th FASTGRID Project Meeting at THEVA, Munich

The 4th Technical Meeting for the Horizon 2020 EU Project FASTGRID, jointly managed by CNRS, France and KIT, Germany was hosted at THEVA Dünneschichttechnik GmbH in Munich Germany on the 17-18.April 2018. The two day workshop which included parallel sessions on material development and device research focussed on application of new generation High Tc superconducting tapes and promising new sapphire substrates for developing MV and HV SFCL for power grids. This high TRL project has already identified five innovations and two patents that are expected out of the research performed within the framework of FASTGRID. The next face to face meeting of the project members is planned for the 22-23. Nov 2018.

SmILESApril 2018: SmILES 6th Technical Workshop

The 6th Technical Workshop for the SmILES project, funded in the framework of EU Horizon 2020 funding programme, took place in Copenhagen from the 23-25.04.2018. The workshop focussed on establishing best practices for modelling and simulation of hybrid multi energy smart grids and storage systems. The workshop attracted 18 scientists from 5 countries, with multipledisciplinary expertise in the fields of renewables and multi energy systems with the combined goal of reaching a european consensus on best practices for simulating energy networks in Europe and integrating storage. 

The Project will undergo its first review after 18 months since the begin in July 2018 in Brussels.

ENERGYApril 2018: Lecture Series on Energy Technology

This course is intended as a supplementary offer for doctoral candidates in energy technologies in order to inform about future energy systems in general, including primarily technologies outside the particular topic of the different doctorates. Principal investigators of different KIT departments will introduce into several major research topics of the KIT Energy Center, thereby providing an overview of the complex energy research field of KIT. The subjects of this course range from nuclear fusion and fission, renewable energies, energy efficiency, fuels and energy storage as well as electric power grids to the economics of energy markets. The learning goal is to discover and understand each own´s particular doctorate thesis as a component within a greater complex system.

Time: April, 18th, 2018 – 18th, July 2018 every Wednesday 17:30-19:00 pm

Location:  CS, Bldg. 20.40, Neuer Hörsaal Architektur

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power gridApril 2018: Bringing Renewables to the Power Grid

Pascal Tixador, the project coordinator of the EU project FASTGRID, was interviewed by Sandrine Ceurstemont for an article released in the Horizon Magazine - EU research and innovation on applications of REBCO tapes and Superconducting Fault Current Limiters.

Horizon Magazine
SmILESApril 2018: Survey for EU-Project SmILES

The SmILES project is looking at methods to simulate electrical and heating system combined with storage.

We seek to support practitioners by providing a free online training course on best practices in modelling and simulation.

We kindly ask you to take part in our survey to better understand your training needs so we can tailor the course accordingly.

Survey
BMSApril 2018: Redox Flow Battery: Storage System for the Energy Transition

KIT Researchers Expect Breakthrough of Flow Technology and Present an Automatic Battery Management System. The redox flow battery might be a key component in the future power grids: It can be scaled as desired, recycled, and it ensures stable energy storage. Moreover, no scarce resources are needed for its production. So far, however, adaptation of the batteries to each application scenario has been required. In future, this will be accomplished by a novel battery management system developed by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Press Release 39/2018
HannoverMesserApril 2018: KIT at the Hannover Messe 2018

At the Hanover Messe from 23rd - 27th April 2018, the KIT will present at the leading exhibition "Energy" the Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop-System (PHiL), an Battery Management System for Redox Flow Batteries and an Electrical Data Recorder for high-resolution measuring data of electricity grids. As in previous years, KIT will also be represented at the leading exhibition "Research and Technology". The Kopernikus Project ENSURE is shown at the „Integrated Energy Plaza“ on 26th April.

Press Release 31/2018
HIUMarch 2018:Cheaper, safer, further? - Perspectives in the electromobility

The transition to renewable energy challenges battery researchers to develop suitable energy storage technologies. Lithium-ion batteries are currently the most widely used battery technology for various applications, including electric vehicles. For their establishment, however, further improvements are necessary regarding their safety, performance and charging times.

Within a perspective assessment, representatives of the four leading national economies – USA, China, Japan and Germany - Perspectives of automotive battery R&D in China, Germany, Japan, and the USA address these issues, highlight the present state-of-the-art and provide and overview of the current and future developments with a particular focus on the funding programs of these four countries.

The release is the result of the annual International Conference on Advanced Lithium Batteries for Automobile Applications (ABAA), which took place in October last year, and has the aim to foster the exchange between industry and research institutions.

LLECMarch 2018: Living Lab Energy Campus officially started

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions drastically, increasing energy efficiency as quickly as possible, and implementing the switch to renewable energies - these are the goals of the energy transition. At the same time, it is important to keep the electricity price affordable for business and consumers. The project "Living Lab Energy Campus" (LLEC) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich wants to find solutions to these ambitious tasks, to which State Secretary of Research Thomas Rachel, NRW State Secretary Annette Storsberg and representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics today launched. With the LLEC, the Jülich research campus is to become a real laboratory for the energy transition, in which the latest scientific findings will be tested for their effectiveness and suitability for everyday use. The LLEC will be interlinked with the Energy Lab 2.0 at KIT.

Press Release FZJ
VTTMarch 2018: International Workshop on “Dynamics in Power-to-X-Systems” - Finnish scientists visit KIT

Scientists from Finland visited the KIT, Campus North for a 2nd bilateral workshop „Energy Lab 2.0 meets Neocarbon Energy“ this time focusing on “Dynamics in Power-to-X-Systems” on March, 26-28, 2018.

About 30 researchers from VTT, LUT, DLR, FZJ and KIT met at KIT, Campus North for exchange of their knowledge and present activities on different power-to-x-systems, including electrolysis, methanation, synthesis of liquid hydrocarbons, and power-to-heat from modeling and simulation up to application, from technology to grid integration, which were presented in 18 talks and additional posters. Potential cooperation topics have been defined, e.g. economic integration of power- to-x systems into the grid, dynamic simulation of power-to-x process chains, system integration of power-to-x technologies in buildings, integration of microwave-sustained plasma splitting of CO2 with gas separation, as well as intelligent design and control of power-to-x systems.

The workshop was jointly organized by Topic 3 Synthetic Hydrocarbons, Prof. Roland Dittmeyer,  and Topic 6 Superconductivity, Networks and System Integration, Dr. Jörn Geisbüsch in close cooperation with the partners of VTT and LUT. It is a follow-up workshop to the first workshop held in February 2017 in Finland.

LithiumMarch 2018: Scenario 2050: Lithium and Cobalt might not suffice

Lithium and cobalt are fundamental components of present lithium-ion batteries. Analysis by researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) shows that the availability of both elements could become seriously critical. Cobalt-free battery technologies, including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium, but also magnesium, zinc, calcium and aluminium, represent possibilities to decrease the dependency and avoid the criticality of lithium and Co. supplies in the long term. The researchers present these results in the journal Nature Reviews Materials.

Press Release 27/2018
Battery Technical CenterMarch 2018: "Competence E" changed to "Battery Technical Center"

Since 01.01.2018 the former project „Competence E“ has been transferred to the “Battery Technical Center” of KIT. The research and development of the participating institutes Institut für Angewandte Materialien - Energiespeichersysteme  (IAM-ESS), Elektrotechnisches Institut  (ETI) as well as Institut für Produktionstechnik  (wbk) are now carried out in the scope of the “Battery Technical Center”.

The KIT's competencies along the value chain will be integrated and an open technology platform for future electrical energy storage will be established in the Battery Technology Center. The focus here is on the development and production of new materials and cells as well as the development of battery systems through to integration into an overall system. At the same time, new production processes for the cost-effective manufacture of these batteries are being developed and prototypically presented.

StudyFebruary 2018: Study on Energy Storage to speed up the Energy Transition

In the framework of EERA Joint Programme Energy Storage, the management of SCI program has carried out an study on mission-oriented R&I on energy storage for the European Commission. The study on mission-oriented R&I on energy storage is done for policy analysis purposes by DG Research and Innovation having in view the preparations for the future research and innovation framework programme (FP9). The overall aim of the study is to increase understanding on how a technology-driven mission, in this case concerning energy storage, can be designed and how such a mission in the field of energy storage would look like.

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HIUFebruary 2018: Montaha Anjass awarded the Mileva Einstein Marić Prize 2017

Last Friday, February 2, Montaha Anjass was officially awarded the Mileva Einstein Marić Prize 2017 by the University of Ulm as part of dies academicus 2018.

It addresses the reconciliation of family and academic career: the University of Ulm honors women who stand out through their scientific work, help to shape the university as a scientific institution and manage their careers with their family responsibilities arrange at the same time.

After completing her bachelor's degree at Birzeit University and performing as a teaching assistant, the Palestinian native emigrated to Ulm in 2013. As part of her degree (M. Sc Advanced Materials), she began working at the HIU in 2015 as a research assistant in the Materials I research group.

Meanwhile, she is working in a joint PhD position at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, the Institute of Electrochemistry and the HIU.

HIUFebruary 2018: Research at HIU strengthens zinc as an alternative anode material over graphite

A research team led by Dr. Alberto Varzi and Prof. Dr. Stefano Passerini strengthens, with his recently published research the importance of Zinc as an alternative anode material.

Zinc is becoming increasingly important for battery research. The reasons for this are its large natural abundance and, especially, its potentially larger volumetric energy density compared to graphite. So far though, no satisfactory cycling performance could be achieved with pure Zn anodes.

In this work, which is the result of a collaboration with an Italian team of scientists led by Dr. Sandro Cattarin (former Alexander von Humboldt research fellow, ICMATE-CNR, Padua), inexpensive and environmentally friendly electrodeposition in aqueous solution is used to synthesize Zn-rich porous Copper-Zinc alloys. These novel anodes enable more than 500 cycles, characterized by exceptional rate capability and increased capacity retention. In addition, they have unusually high lithium storage ability at low temperatures. These results are of great interest for more efficient, safer, as well as faster charging of Li-battery operated vehicles in cold regions.

SmILES 5th technical workshopFebruary 2018: SmILES 5th Technical Workshop

On 5 - 6 February, 2018, is taking place the 5th Technical Workshop of the SmILES project, hosted by EDF in Paris. The project fosters the Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for Maximising the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix.’

GIL-BardajiJanuary 2018: Energyspeicher sind für die Energiewende essentiell

Die Energiewende kann nur gelingen, wenn die Entwicklung der Energiespeichertechnologien für Wärme, Strom und Gas vorankommt. Myriam E. Gil Bardaji (Program Storage and Cross-linked Infrastrucutres from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) beschreibt deren Bedeutung und Aktivitäten.

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