Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures (SCI)
News 2016
KITDecember 2016: Timm Faulwasser (IAI) annnounced as KIT associate fellow

Appreciation of status "KIT Associate Fellow" Dr. Timm Faulwasser.

KITDecember 2016: Demonstration project C/sells starts within the scope of the SINTEG program (shop window for intelligent energy supply) of the BMWi.

Cellular, cross-linked, participatory, sustainable and comfortable: these are the attributes of an intelligent energy supply for the future. The partners in the large project C/sells, among them the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), want to lay the foundations for this to happen. State Secretary Rainer Baake of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has handed over the license to some 50 partners from industry, energy industry and science. Over the next four years, some € 100 million will be invested in numerous sub-projects of C/sells.

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ENSURE picture participantsNovember 2016: Kopernikus project ENSURE partners meet at the KIT: How can the electricity network be adapted to an irregular supply?

For the German energy system, the energy turnaround represents a paradigm shift, which, in addition to challenges, also offers economic opportunities. The research within the project "ENSURE: New energy network structures for the energy users" will contribute decisively to the fact that the energy turnaround is economically successful and that technology suppliers, infrastructure operators and electricity customers can profit from it. At the first meeting of the Kopernikus project ENSURE on November 4, 2016 in Karlsruhe, 130 project participants discussed the details of the cooperation, the work packages of the research clusters and established a project committee. Within ENSURE, 23 partners are working together - researchers as well as energy suppliers, network operators, technology companies and automation technicians. Core partners are ABB, Siemens, E.ON, TenneT, RWTH Aachen and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as coordinator.

Energy TransitionNovember 2016: First Results of the “Karlsruhe Energy Research Partnership”/Four Partners from Karlsruhe Pool Their Complementary Expertise for the Energy Transition

Grids, storage systems, mobility, and data: The challenges associated with the energy transition require innovative solutions considering the different perspectives of society. In Karlsruhe, four partners with complementary competencies established the “Forschungspartnerschaft Karlsruhe Energie” (Karlsruhe Energy Research Partnership): Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe
Netzservice, and the DVGW Test Laboratory of KIT’s Engler-Bunte Institute. After two years of joint work, they have now presented first results at a status colloquium.

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Helmholtz Workshop in BerlinNovember 2016: Helmholtz Workshop of the four Programs in the Research Field Energy.

The Helmholtz prorams „Energy Materials and Resources (EMR)“, „Renewable Energies (RE)“, „Storage and Cross-linkedInfrastructures (SCI)“ and „Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS)“ face the challenges associated with the energy transition from different perspectives starting along the whole value chain from basic research to system solutions. In the frame of a workshop on 8th and 9th November the experts from the four Helmholtz programs met in Berlin. On the first day key subjects of the energy transition were presented and an discussion introduced with external experts. Questions and knowledge of the first day were integrated in the second day, when in four internal workshops present research results from cross program topics were introduced and discussed with experts from the four different programs. The goal was to strengthen the cooperation between the programs and evaluate new syntergies for solving technological and systematical key questions for the complex future energy system.

Power-to-LiquidNovember 2016: First Compact Plant Worldwide for Synthetic Fuels from Solar Energy and Carbon Dioxide extracted from Air to Start in Finland / KIT Spinoff INERATEC Supplies Key Component

Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air is the objective of the SOLETAIR project started now by INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, the partners plan to take into operation the first chemical pilot plant worldwide. It is so compact that it fits into a ship container and produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

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PhD StudentNovember 2016: Second SCI Scientific Meeting in Berlin

“Multiscale Modeling of Energy Storage Materials“ was the heading of the second SCI Scientific Meeting hosted by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, namely Prof. Dzubiella and Prof. Ballauff. This two-day workshop is the second in a series of scientific workshops in the Helmholtz Program „Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures“(SCI). The goal is to offer a discussion platform for future projects and research activities across all participating centers and topics. The aim of this dialogue is to stimulate and identify future scientific directions as well as expectations, needs, and requirements for cutting edge science within the field of theoretical modeling of energy storage materials. The program included several talk from experts and a poster session for PhD students (see picture)

SimulationNovember 2016: DFG Funds New SiMET Research Training Group at KIT – Doctoral Researchers Study Mechanical, Electrical, and Thermal Effects from the Particle to the Cell

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided to fund a new research training group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): “SiMET – Simulation of Mechanical, Electrical, and Thermal Processes in Lithium-ion Batteries” will start in 2017 and be funded initially for four and a half years. Within the research training group, doctoral researchers of several scientific disciplines will work on models to simulate, among others, the effect of different internal structures on the behavior of bat-teries in operation.

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China-Delegation_14.10.2016October 2016: The last station on the China delegation trip was the KIT Alumni at Tellhow Group meeting the alumni club.

KIT Energy Center Wolfgang Breh, program manager Isabelle Südmeyer and Felix Studt presented KIT and its research in energy, storage and grid.

China-Delegation_11.10.2016October 2016: Research Exchange on Intelligent Networks with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University

In the frame of a delegation trip of the KIT Energy Center to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China, a first meeting took place for research exchange with a focus on storage, grids and systems on 11th October. The KIT delegation was hosted by Prof. Miao Zhu from the State Energy Smart Grid R&D Centre Shanghai (SSGC).  From KIT the head of division 3 Joachim Knebel, managing director of KIT Energy Center Wolfgang Breh,  program manager Isabelle Südmeyer and director of AIFB Hartmut Schmeck presented KIT and its research in energy, storage and grids.

China-Delegation_13.10.2016_GEIOctober 2016: Global Energy Interconnection (GEI)

The delegation trip in the area of Shanghai divided up into two groups on 13th October: The head of division 3 Joachim Knebel and director of AIFB Hartmut Schmeck travelled to Peking and visited the head quarter of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), which initiated the Energy Interconnection (GEI).

China-Delegation_13.10.2016October 2016: Visit in Nanjing, PR China

On 13th October the managing director of KIT Energy Center, Wolfgang Breh, program manager Isabelle Südmeyer and Felix Studt (IKFT) presented KIT and its research in energy, storage and grids in Nanjing at the State Grid branch NARI as well as at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST)

China-Delegation_12.10.2016October 2016: Visit of the GCL Energy Center in Suzhou, PR China

On 12th October the delegation of the KIT Energy Center visited the Golden Concord Holdings (GCL) Energy Center in Suzhou. From KIT the head of division 3 Joachim Knebel, managing director of KIT Energy Center Wolfgang Breh, program manager Isabelle Südmeyer and director of AIFB Hartmut Schmeck as well as Felix Studt presented KIT and its research in energy, storage and grids. The delegations exchanged about joint interests in the subject of intelligent energy grids and applications. Furthermore the delegation travelled to the KIT China Branch GAMI in Suzhou Industrial Park.

Kopernikus_WankaOctober 2016: Kick-off event for Kopernikus project "Power-to-X" at Forschungszentrum Jülich

At a launch event attended by Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Johanna Wanka, the large-scale Power-to-X project was launched on 13 October 2016. It is one of four Kopernikus projects for the transformation of the energy sector that have been selected for funding. RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and DECHEMA are coordinating the project, which is concerned with the storage and use of electrical energy from renewable sources by converting it into material energy carriers and chemical products. KIT and INERATEC are also involved as one of 38 partners.

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EERA Battery Expert Workshop 2016October 2016: EERA Battery Expert Workshop ‘Opportunities and challenges of batteries for energy storage in the EU’

The EERA workshop on opportunities and challenges of batteries for energy storage in the EU took place in Brussels on October 19, 2016. The main objective of the workshop was to stimulate an in-depth discussion on status and challenges of batteries for energy storage in relation to research, industrial, socio-economic and consumer aspects and to policy initiatives at European level, particularly (but not limited to) the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). The discussion covered issues related to the broad spectrum of battery applications, from e-mobility to residential storage and stationary applications.

The workshop gathered 27 participants from research, industry, consumer associations and the European Commission, with representatives of four Directorate Generals (the Joint Research Center, DG Energy, DG Research & Innovation and DG Environment). It was led and facilitated by the EERA Joint Programme (JP) on Energy StorageKIT representatives: Mathias Noe (ITEP and JP ES Coordinator), Myriam Elisa Gil Bardají (JP ES Manager) and Hans Seifert (IAM-AWP).

EU SOFT Innovation PrizeSeptember 2016: EU Grants EUR 50,000 Prize to Energy Researchers

The EU SOFT Innovation Prize for fusion research in the amount of EUR 50,000 is awarded to a team of researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC). Scientists of the Institute for Technical Physics of KIT have developed a novel superconducting conductor concept. Thanks to its energy-efficient current transport, it might be used as a basic element in future high-current cables of fusion power plants, industrial facilities, or DC power grids. Today, the prize was awarded at the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT) in Prague.

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Power Hardware in the LoopSeptember 2016: Visit of AE4H manager at KIT

On September 18th Nigel Moore, manager of the Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H) initiative, founded by the University of Waterloo and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) visited the KIT. Nigel Moore met several researcher from KIT participating in the AE4H-initiative, among which were are Prof. Orestis Terzidis (ENTECHNON) and visited the Power Hardware in the Loop test facility at ITEP presented by Dr. Jörn Geisbüsch (ITEP) (see picture).

Prof. Brigitte WitzerSeptember 2016: On 21st/22nd September the 2nd Equal opportunity workshop took place in Karlsruhe with young female scientists from three Helmholtz centers, DLR, FZJ and KIT.

The workshop included an introduction and exercise on career planning tools and a world-café on determining the demand, whishes and opportunities of fostering young female scientists in the research program SCI. Highlight of the workshop was the invited talk of Prof. Witzer, coach, speaker and author with a focus on female leadership and giving impulses and coaching women on their career path; Prof. Witzer describes her approach: “ I have developed a concept for empowering women. It enables the development of personal clarity instead of only good advice and recipes.”

INERATECAugust 2016: KIT participates as partner in the spin-off INERATEC established by SCI-Researchers

Innovation is one of the three core tasks of the KIT besides science and research. The transfer of technology from basic research towards forward-looking products is therefore supported with appropriate tools. Now, KIT has been involved as a partner in spinoff INERATEC GmbH. Thus, KIT promotes an innovative company which could revolutionize chemical process engineering and contributes to the success of the energy transition in the chemical energy storage field.

Press Release 114/2016
Horizon 2020August 2016: Three EU-Projects were approved

The EU-Projects “Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximizing the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix” (SmILES), “Integrated Energy System – A Pathway for Europe” (IntEnSys4EU) and “Cost effective FCL using advanced superconducting tapes for future HVDC grids” (FASTGRID) will started in 2017.

ERWIN&NECTARJuly 2016: Start of two compound research projects fundes by the BMBF

Within the framework of compound research, the BMBF approved two projects at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) in Garching near Munich: ERWIN (Energy Research WIth Neutrons) and thermal neutrons at the NECTAR measuring station. Both projects serve the further development of existing measuring stations and supplement them in each case with an option optimized especially for research in the field of materials science and chemical energy storage.

Sparkasse Environmental Awards CeremonyJuly 2016: SCI Scientist Dr. Georg Lieser awarded by Environmental Foundation of Sparkasse for his doctoral thesis.

New materials for electrochemical energy storage systems are treated in the doctoral thesis of Dr. Georg Lieser. He investigated the synthesis and characterization of lithium metal fluorides as material for the positive electrodes of lithium ion batteries. For this purpose, he developed a novel sol-gel process that allows to produce lithium metal fluorides presenting a high phase purity without the need to employ toxic fluorination reagents.

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DWVJuly 2016: ES2050-scientist receives DWV Innovation Award

For his work in the context of the research topic 3: energy and commodity paths with hydrogen Martin Robinius (FZJ) was awarded the DWV Innovation Award 2016 in Berlin.

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Hartmut Schmeck KIT AIFBJune 2016: 5th Annual Convention of the KIT Energy Center

The focus was on the "look to the future" and the awarding of the Heinrich Hertz Prize to Hartmut Schmeck (AIFB). The award recognizes in particular the contributions of H. Schmeck to the development and application of innovative information and communication technologies in intelligent energy management systems.

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Outdoor storage solution designed by KITJune 2016: Outdoor Home Storage for the Energy Turnaround

The transformation of the German energy scheme builds on many pillars. At the Intersolar and ees Europe exhibition for the solar industry, KIT will introduce innovative concepts for the energy turnaround: an outdoor storage system, novel fastening systems for photovoltaic modules, and a test environment for home storage systems that will test their quality, grid-compatibility, and economic efficiency. KIT will host booth B1.152 in hall B1 at the Intersolar and ees Europe exhibition in Munich from June 22-24, 2016.

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ES 2050 conference CologneJune 2016: Helmholtz Joint Initiative 'Energy System 2050' delivers first results

Exciting research questions and cross-program, systemic solutions to future energy supply were discussed by Helmholtz researchers at the first large meeting of the Helmholtz joint initiative "Energy System 2050" on 19 and 20 May 2016 in Cologne. Around 75 researchers from eight Helmholtz centers (DLR, FZJ, GFZ, HZB, HZDR, IPP, KIT and UFZ) attended, including many young scientists, PhD students and postdocs.

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Solar Power Home Storage Systems Put to TestMay 2016: SafetyFirst Project: KIT and Partners Launch Largest Study on the Safety, Quality, and Grid Suitability of Home Storage Systems so far

Home storage systems for electricity produced by photovoltaics facilities are gaining attractiveness, as their costs are declining. However, standardized, verifiable criteria for the end client to assess their performance are still lacking. Now, scientists have launched the largest German study so far to analyze commercial systems with respect to safety, quality, and grid suitability and to derive recommendations for manufacturers, standardization bodies, and authorities. The “SafetyFirst” project is funded with EUR 4 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and scheduled for a duration of three years.

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May 2016: New lecture as webinar

In the framework of the cooperation activities of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the University of Waterloo, Canada a first webinar on “Operation & Control of Future Integrated Energy Systems” is held in 2016 starting on May 5th.

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DFG Graduate SchoolApril 2016: DFG Graduate School

The DFG Graduate School on "Energy Status Data - Informatic Methods for its Collection, Analysis and Exploitation" starts with the particpation of SCI experts.

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picture ENSUREApril 2016: ENSURE Is to Condition Grids for the Energy Turnaround

ENSURE Consortium Is One of Four “Kopernikus Projects for the Energy Turnaround” of the Federal Government – EUR 30 Million Funding – Enhancing Compatibility of Central and Decentralized Power Supply 

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Hannover_MesseApril 2016: KIT at Hannover Messe: Efficient Battery Packs and Environmentally Friendly Solar Cells

At the 2016 Hannover Messe from April 25 – 29, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present innovative technologies for future energy supply, lighting, and lightweight construction (hall 2, B16). By means of a production concept developed by KIT, battery packs for stationary storage systems can be produced safely, flexibly, and at low cost.

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April 2016: OpenAccess Energy Summit in Canada

Program manager of SCI participated as rapporteur at the OpenAccess Energy Summit on 24th to 27th April in Waterloo, Canada to develop an actionable framework for addressing electricity provision for energy isolated communities.

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March 2016: First Workshop "Equal Opportunity"

On 9th March a first workshop initiated by the Task Force “Equal Opportunity” took place in Karlsruhe. Researchers from KIT and DLR got together for developing ideas for “Equal Opportunity”-activities in the fields of “Fostering women within SCI”, “Sensitising manager for the subject”, “Recruiting” and “Talent management”.

FELIZIAMarch 2016: The BMBF joint research project FELIZIA will started in 2016

The focus of the joint project FELIZIA is on the study of ceramic materials, which should make it possible to increase the energy density of the battery cells when compared to conventional materials, thereby increasing the range of electric vehicles and the integration of electric mobility. The competence network built under the project in the field of electromobility can constitue a close interface between research, development and industry, which is also beneficial for future technologies and can strengthen Germany.

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February 2016: New Professor Appointed

Assignment of Prof. Studt for the Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) at KIT for the SCI Topic 3 Synthetic Hydrocarbons.

Symposium Magnesium BatteriesFebruary 2016: 1st International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries

On July 21-22, 2016 the 1st International Symposium on Magnesium Batteries (Mag-Batt) will take place in Blautal/Ulm, Germany. The Mag-Batt Symposium is jointly organized by Helmholtz Institute Ulm and Argonne National Laboratory and shall serve as a platform for international activities working on the rapidly growing field of magnesium batteries.

AmpacityJanuary 2016: German Award for Innovations Relating to the Climate and Environment in the Category of Environmentally Compatible Technologies Is Granted to the AmpaCity Project

For two years now, the longest superconducting cable in the world has been operated successfully in the city center of Essen. It has transmitted about 35 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, corresponding to the energy needed by 10,000 households. The AmpaCity project thus demonstrates how power grids can be made fit for the future. For this, Federal Minister of the Environment Barbara Hendricks handed over the German Award for Innovations Relating to the Climate and Environment in the category of environmentally compatible technologies to the project partners, one being Mathias Noe of KIT.

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PHILJanuary 2016: Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) Laboratory is putting into operation

The 'Power Hardware in the Loop' (PHIL) Lab is taking in operation at the Institute of Technical Physics (ITEP).

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