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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:





March 2019: Energy-efficient Superconductor Cable For Future Technologies

Whether for connecting wind farms, for supplying direct current on ships or even for light and compact high-current lines in future all-electric aircraft, scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a versatile superconductor cable that can be easily industrially manufactured. With moderate cooling, it transports electrical energy almost loss-free.

Press Release 39/2019
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 34/2019
The fast-charging system relies on particularly long-lasting lithium-ion cells and a comparatively high charging current of up to ten amperes.
March 2019: New rapid charging system for e-bikes

E-bikes are very trendy and offer many advantages - Batteries integrated in the bicycle frame are trend-setting - KIT and e-bike manufacturer Coboc develop fast charging processes for e-bikes.

The market for e-bikes is booming. With an electric tailwind, cycling enthusiasts can choose their route more freely, older people can stay mobile longer and commuters can often get to work more stress-free - a reason for many to switch from cars to bicycles. Charging the battery currently takes about two to four hours. In order to shorten the charging time, especially for the everyday use of e-bikes in the city, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Coboc GmbH & Co. KG, who specialize in e-mobility, want to make the batteries in the bikes quickly chargeable.

Press Release 33/2019
Innovative storage materials and technologies are an essential prerequisite for the success of the energy revolution.
March 2019: Europe-wide research for batteries of the future

European initiative BATTERY 2030+ brings leading scientific institutions together - CELEST research platform with KIT, University of Ulm and ZSW involved.
Better batteries are needed to successfully implement the energy revolution and store regeneratively generated energy. The ten-year European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ brings together leading scientists and companies from across Europe to make decisive advances in battery science and technology. The BATTERY 2030+ preparatory project starts in March and lays the groundwork for this initiative on battery technologies of the future. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is participating in this consortium.

Press Release 32/2019
Storing energy from renewable sources - this is one of the challenges of the energy revolution.
February 2019: Chemical storage of renewable energies

In 2050, 80% of the electric power in Germany has to be based on renewable resources. To reach this goal, it is required to store electric power in the form of chemical energy carriers. Within the priority program “Catalysts and Reactors under Dynamic Conditions for Energy Storage and Conversion” (SPP 2080, DynaKat) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), twelve big research consortia study how catalytic reaction systems behave under such conditions. The priority program is coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Press Release 30/2019
Researchers test cycle stability of the improved lithium-ion cell.
February 2019: Sustainable Battery Production in Europe

Within the Si-DRIVE European Research Project, KIT, HIU, and Partners Will Develop Innovative Solutions – Their Goal Is to Establish a European Lithium-ion Battery Production.

Scientists of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) founded by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and their European cooperation partners are developing a sustainable cell concept that is exclusively based on ecologically and economically uncritical materials. Within the Si-DRIVE project, the consortium analyzes the complete value-added chain of a battery and plans to establish European production by 2030. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) with EUR 8 million. The project duration is four years.

Press Release 29/2019