Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures (SCI)

Energy System 2050 (ES 2050)

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The Energy System 2050 (ES 2050) Initiative develops concrete and exploitable knowledge of systems technologies as well as technological solutions for integration of renewable energy sources into the German energy system. Eight collaborating Helmholtz centers (DLR, FZJ, GFZ, HZB, HZDR, IPP, KIT, UFZ) study five research topics and conduct interdisciplinary energy systems analysis across the borders of individual technologies, centers, and programs EMR, RE, FIT, TIS, and SCI. The five research topics are


  • Topic 1 Storage and grids (Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Mathias Noe (KIT), Dr. Dirk Witthaut (FZJ))
  • Topic 2 Bioenergy (Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Dieter Stapf (KIT), Prof. Dr. Daniela Thrän (UFZ))
  • Topic 3 Hydrogen-based energy and resource pathways (Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Detlef Stolten (FZJ), Dr. Axel Liebscher (GFZ))
  • Topic 4 Lifecycle-oriented sustainability analysis at system level (Coordinators: Dr. Stephan Saupe (DLR), Dr. Petra Zapp (FZJ))
  • Topic 5 Toolbox and data models (Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer (KIT), Prof. Dr. Dirk Müller (RWTH Aachen/JARA)

Modelling generates improved knowledge and applicable tools on all levels from components to processes to energy systems. Scientists of the SCI program are mainly involved in Topics 1, 2, 3, and 5. The scientific collaboration with RWTH Aachen, TU Dortmund, and TU Darmstadt, which was intensified under the Helmholtz Alliance “Technologies for the future energy grid" in Topic 6 and will be continued in the ES 2050 Initiative. Moreover, Energy Lab 2.0 serves as a demonstrator for the superordinate ES 2050 Helmholtz Initiative.

Participating KIT-institutes:

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