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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).


Participating Helmholtz Centers:





April 2019: KIT Tests Sector Coupling in Real-world Lab

Flexible interconnection of power, heat, and gas promises to make the future energy system more sustainable. This so-called sector coupling will now be tested under close-to-practice conditions at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Within the SEKO research project, a large-scale real-world laboratory including the corresponding properties and energy grids of KIT will be established. The new research infrastructure for sector coupling will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with more than EUR 6.5 million.

Press Release 51/2019
March 2018: Official Opening of the CELEST Research Platform and POLiS Battery Cluster of Excellence

Launch of the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (CELEST), one of the biggest German research and development platforms in the area of electrochemical energy storage. Together with guests from politics, research, and industry, KIT, Ulm University, and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) celebrated the opening of the joint research platform and its first outstanding success: approval of the Cluster of Excellence on Post Lithium Storage (POLiS) within the Excellence Strategy launched by the federal and state governments.

Press Release 44/2019
Hannover Messe
March 2019: KIT at Hannover Messe 2019

At the Hanover Messe from 1st - 5th April 2019, the KIT will present at the leading exhibition "Integrated Energy" the Energy Lab 2.0, an energy-efficient superconductor cable for future technologies and a novel intermittent coating process for battery production. All four Kopernikus projects ENSURE, SynErgie, Power2X and ENavi are represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. As in previous years, KIT will also be represented at the leading exhibition "Research and Technology".

Press Release 43/2019
Global Energy Prize
March 2019: Global Energy Prize Summit 2019 at KIT

This year the Global Energy Prize Summit will take place in Germany, at KIT from April 9-10th 2019.

The Global Energy Prize Summit is a unique discussion platform where in the moderated round table format the Global Energy Prize laureates of various years, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee members as well as renowned energy experts, business and politics leaders discuss relevant topics. It has been held on an annual basis since 2012 for discussion of the most urgent energy issues, working out precise mechanisms and ways of their solution and their communication to the public and the world’s leading energy organisations.

Selected doctoral researchers of KIT will have the opportunity to present their research to an international panel of reputable scientist which will, at the end of the summit, award a price to the best presentation and project. This price will include an invitation to the next Laureate’s Week which will be held in Moscow from October 2nd to 5th. Application: Please submit a one-page (maximum) abstract of your work until March 25th, 2019

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March 2019: First Project Meeting of the National Project SEKO (Sectorcoupling)

On Tuesday, 12 March 2018, the first project meeting of the national funded project SEKO by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research took place at the KIT. All seven involved institutes (Battery Technical Center, IAI, IEH, ITC, ITC-vgt, ITEP, LTI) presented their first results and how the project will go on in the second half of 2019. The project officer of Projektträger Jülich (PtJ), Pascal Noël, also attended at the meeting and could convinced oneself of the achieved progress of the KIT-scientists.

March 2019: Energy-efficient Superconducting Cable for Future Technologies

For connecting wind parks, for DC supply on ships, or for lightweight and compact high-current cabling in future electric airplanes: scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a versatile superconducting cable that can be manufactured easily. In case of moderate cooling, it transports electric energy with hardly any losses.

Press Release 39/2019