Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures (SCI)
News 2020
EDRDecember 2020: Frequency Data for Stable Power Supply

In the renewable energies era, grid frequency will be an increasingly important indicator of stability of power supply. Under the direction of the Helmholtz Association, an interdisciplinary research consortium has analyzed frequency fluctuations in twelve synchronous grid areas on three continents. For data recording, scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a portable, GPS-synchronized recorder based on a new measurement technology. First results have now been published in Nature Communications. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19732-7)

Press Release 116/2020
Energy TransitionDecember 2020: Energy Transition: Decentralized Energy Supply Based on Innovative Cogeneration

Increased use of renewable energy sources in future will require large storage capacities. As resources are scarce, alternatives to lithium-ion technology are studied. Within the framework of the “BiFlow” project, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and partners now develop a novel hybrid storage system that combines specific advantages of the lithium-ion battery with those of the redox-flow battery and can also be used to store heat. The project is funded with EUR 1.3 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Press Release 107/2020
collageNovember 2020: „Highly Cited Researchers“ from KIT

Stefano Passerini is one of the eight KIT researchers who are among the most cited scientists worldwide this year. This ranking was compiled by the Web of Science Group based on publications from 2009 to 2019.

KIT News
cableOctober 2020: Electricity transport: The longest high-voltage superconductor cable in the world

In Munich, the longest superconducting cable in the world is to be realized and used economically. KIT is involved in the project.

KIT News
ES2050September 2020: Energy System 2050: Solutions for the Energy Transition

To contribute to global climate protection, Germany has to rapidly and comprehensively minimize the use of fossil energy sources and to transform the energy system accordingly. The Helmholtz Association’s research initiative “Energy System 2050” has studied how and by which means this can be achieved. One of the partners is Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). At the final conference in Berlin, scientists of the participating research centers presented their results.

Press Release 84/2020
Anode MaterialJuly 2020: Anode Material for Safe Batteries with a Long Cycle Life

Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jilin University in Changchun/China investigated a highly promising anode material for future high-performance batteries – lithium lanthanum titanate with a perovskite crystal structure (LLTO). As the team reported in the Nature Communications journal, LLTO can improve the energy density, power density, charging rate, safety, and cycle life of batteries without requiring a decrease of the particle size from micro to nano scale. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17233-1)

Press Release 64/2020
Energy TransitionJuly 2020: Open Source for a Global “Energiewende”

Computer models are essential for achieving energy turnaround also known as “Energiewende”. Simulations can help in the planning of capacities for generating, transporting, and storing energy, taking into account dynamic parameters such as the weather and energy consumption. Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) had a crucial part in developing the corresponding modeling tools that the Helmholtz Association (HGF) has recently made available on an Internet platform – free of charge and open source. This Helmholtz Energy Computing Initiative (HECI) aims at facilitating the cooperation when implementing climate-protection measures in energy systems.

Press Release 62/2020
Battery 2030+July 2020: New EU Project to Boost Battery Development

A novel battery development strategy has been launched in the European BATTERY 2030+ initiative – the CELEST research platform with KIT and Ulm University participate.

The BIG-MAP project, which is funded by the European Union (EU), aims to significantly shorten the time it takes to develop new types of batteries – with a special focus on sustainability. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Ulm University are participating in the project via the CELEST research platform. At the same time, the project boosts the research activities in the joint POLiS cluster of excellence.

Press Release 61/2020
BatteryJuly 2020: Improved Test Methods For Safer Battery Systems

For the development of innovative battery systems, reliable real-world safety tests of the lithium-ion cells in use are required. In the ProLIB research project, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now collaborates with testing and standardization institutes and partners from industry in order to develop improved standards that are intended to ensure greater safety but also more flexibility in battery design. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy funds this research with more than 1.2 million euros.

Press Release 59/2020
Power-2-XJuly 2020: Power-to-X Technologies: CO2 Neutral eFuels from Regenerative Power and CO2 from the Air

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology present the Power-to-X technology in these video and text contributions:

Power-to-X: CO2-neutrale E-Fuels aus regenerativem Strom und CO2 aus der Luft


Power-to-X für die Energiewende


e-Fuels – Kraftstoffe aus dem CO2 der Luft

BatteryJuly 2020: KIT Participates in Research Conducted by Four New Battery Clusters of Competence

Alliances for agile production, recycling, utilization concepts, and quality assurance – funded by the BMBF with a total of 100 million euros.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) intends to advance battery research in Germany with four new clusters of competence. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is involved in all four clusters, with a coordinating function in two of them: InZePro (intelligent battery cell production) focuses on flexible production systems, AQua (analytics/quality assurance) aims at improving the performance and service life of batteries. To receive funding for the clusters, the participating researchers now first submit full proposals.

Press Release 58/2020
P2XJuly 2020: Bespoke Catalysts for Power-to-X

Suitable catalysts are of great importance for efficient power-to-X applications – but the molecular processes occurring during their use have not yet been fully understood. Using X-rays from a synchrotron particle accelerator, scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now been able to observe for the first time a catalyst during the Fischer-Tropsch reaction that facilitates the production of synthetic fuels under industrial conditions. It is intended to use the test results for the development of bespoke power-to-X catalysts. The team has published the results in the scientific journal Reaction & Chemical Engineering. (DOI: 10.1039/c9re00493a)

Press Release 55/2020
H2June 2020: National Hydrogen Strategy

President Holger Hanselka (KIT) and Olivier Guillon (FZJ) in an interview about the role of hydrogen in the future energy system.

Helmholtz (in German)
PVMay 2020: How Efficient Are Solar Power Storage Systems?

More and more photovoltaic systems are equipped with batteries that store power produced during sunshine for later use. Such solar power storage systems enable operators to use a maximum fraction of the solar power produced for own purposes. The more efficient the storage system is, the higher is the economic profit. The “Testbench” project enhances the quality of efficiency measurements for better comparison of battery systems by planners and operators. The collaboration project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is carried out by Fraunhofer IEE, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), VDE|DKE, and TÜV Rheinland. Associated partners are AIT, BSW, and BVES.

Press Release 36/2020
Battery 2030+April 2020: Roadmap for Battery Research in Europe

To develop tomorrow’s batteries, partners from science and industry all over Europe have launched the research initiatve BATTERY 2030+. Now, a roadmap defines the milestones in more detail: A joint platform for the development of materials with the help of artificial intelliegence (AI), networked sensors and self-healing technology for batteries, and sustainable production and recycling processes. Via the CELEST platform, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Ulm University, and the Baden-Württemberg Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) participate in the consortium.

Press Release 25/2020
AgiloBatFebruary 2020: AgiloBat: Flexible Production of Battery Cells

So far, rigid production processes and product lines have characterized battery production for various applications, from e-mobility to the power tool. The AgiloBat research project will facilitate a flexible battery production in terms of format, material, and number of pieces. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) cooperate with partners to develop an agile production system. The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts (MWK) with up to EUR 4.5 million. For the next project stage, funding with up to EUR 14 million is envisaged by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Press Release 12/2020
Dorothea WagnerJanuary 2020: Dorothea Wagner to Chair the Council of Science and Humanities

Computer scientist Dorothea Wagner, who conducts research and teaches at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will chair the Council of Science and Humanities, Germany’s most important advisory body in research policy. After her predecessor, agricultural economist Martina Brockmeier, and engineering scientist Dagmar Schipanski, Dorothea Wagner, professor and Head of KIT’s Institute of Theoretical Informatics, is the third woman in this post.

Press Release 10/2020
EnergieJanuar 2020: Neue Veranstaltungsreihe: ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.

Mit der neuen Veranstaltungsreihe „ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.“ am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) informiert das KIT-Zentrum Energie aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht über die Fortschritte und Herausforderungen bei der Energiewende sowie über die neuesten Erkenntnisse und Trends aus der Energieforschung. Die Reihe startet am Montag, 3. Februar 2020, um 18:00 Uhr mit einem Abend zum Thema Energiespeicher. Veranstaltungsort ist der Tulla-Hörsaal am Campus Süd des KIT (Geb. 11.40, Englerstraße 11). Alle interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger sind zu Austausch und Diskussion eingeladen.

3. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiespeicher – Elektrisch. Thermisch. Chemisch.

17. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Erneuerbare Energien – Sonne. Erde. Wind.

23. März 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiesystem – Entwicklungspfade. Technik. Märkte.

Press Release 05/2020