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News 2017
LandauNovember 2017: Practical Test for the Future Energy Market

Can intelligent market structures push the energy transition? Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with the technology company “LO3 Energy” and the local utility company “EnergieSüdwest AG,” has now started the “Landau Microgrid Project” (LAMP), a rather uncommon field test: Selected private households will test decentralized electricity trading as a model of the future energy market.

Press Release 155/2017
IneratecNovember 2017: Ineratec and Energiedienst inspect construction of a pilot plant for climate-neutral fuels in Laufenburg (Switzerland)

EnergieDienst Holding AG, together with INERATEC GmbH and a major automotive manufacturer, is currently examining the possibility of implementing a pilot plant for the production of climate-neutral fuels at the Laufenburg hydropower plant in Switzerland.
This power-to-liquid plant is to transform electricity from hydropower into synthetic fuel and wax on the power plant site. The green electricity produced on site in the hydroelectric power plant generates hydrogen by electrolysis, which is combined with CO2 from the air or biogenic plants and ultimately synthesized into hydrocarbons. The hydrocarbons can be converted to synthetic diesel (e-fuels) for CO2-free driving and waxing, for example for the cosmetics and food industries. In addition, the process creates heat that could be used for industrial plants and district heating.

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NetNovember 2017: Big Data helps with climate-friendly power supply

Detailed weather forecasts and consumption data are indispensable for a resource-conserving power supply. Network operators and scientists of the Helmholtz Association work together on an intelligent network that can handle the enormous amounts of data. As part of the Helmholtz initiative Energy System 2050, techniques are being developed for efficiently collecting and processing consumption data and, for example, making it available to network operators.

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KITNovember 2017: Energy Transition: Project "Grid Control" and a Roadmap for Energy Storage of EASE and EERA JP ES

Smart grids contribute significantly to the success of the energy transition. In future, the distribution grids will not only absorb renewable energies, but will also integrate new components such as charging stations for electric cars, battery storage and smart home solutions. The intelligent coordination of the various systems with roll-fair system solutions is the focus of a field test in Freiamt (Baden-Württemberg), realised by KIT and its partners in the project "grid-control". Nationwide, grid-control is the first project that takes into account all areas of the value added chain from generation to the end user.

Use solar energy generated in the summer in winter - this is only possible with efficient energy storage systems. These are crucial to offset the fluctuating power generation of renewable energies. KIT has now coordinated the further development of the European roadmap for research and development strategies for the widespread use of cost-efficient energy storage technologies such as heat, electricity or gas storage.
The Roadmap is a joint initiative of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and the EERA Joint Program on Energy Storage of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA JP ES)


KIT monthly news 11/2017 (in German)
HIUOctober 2017: Joint excellence strategy of HIU, UUlm and KIT goes into second round

In the framework of the German „Excellence Strategy“ of the Federal Government and the States, a proposal about “Energy Storage Beyond Lithium“ has been successful in the first round.

The proposal is co-ordinated by researchers from Helmholtz-Institute Ulm (HIU) together with colleagues from Ulm University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and comprises future activities in 25 working groups in Ulm, Karlsruhe and Gießen. Starting point and nucleus of the effort are the very successful activities at HIU on post-Li systems, which have gained high international visibility and recognition. If the second round of selection is also successful, the work can start in January 2019.

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LogoOctober 2017: 9th International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy)

ACM eEnergy is the premier forum for research at the intersection of computing and communication technologies with energy systems. It has established a strong track record for high-quality research in the application of computing and networked systems to make legacy systems more energy-efficient and in the design, analysis, and development of innovative energy systems. The Ninth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy) will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany from the 12th to the 15th of June 2018. By bringing together researchers in a single-track conference designed to offer significant opportunities for personal interaction, it is a major forum for shaping the future of this area.

Important Dates

Paper registration deadline: January 15th, 2018, AOE

Paper submission deadline: January 22nd, 2018, AOE

Author notification: April 9th, 2018

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Group PhotoOctober 2017: FASTGRID Project Meeting in Barcelona

The third FASTGRID project meeting took place in Barcelona on the 19th-20th October 2017. The project meeting was very well received and appreciated by all the consortium members. In total, 12 research institutions, universitites and industry partners participated in the 2 day meeting with 40 members in all. Contributions from each project partner were presented followed by lengthy discussion sessions. Parallel work package sessions, one on materials and one on devices, were held on the second day for effective collaborations between partners involved from all across europe to coordinate their research work. This project meeting brings us closer to enabling stronger technological exchange between the partners to make the achievement of advanced HTS REBCO tapes and HVFCLs a reality of the foreseeable future. Thank you to all the partners who made this event a success!

For upcoming FASTGRID events, please visit us on twitter Fastgrid@Fastgrid_EU or on our website:

Young Investigator GroupOctober 2017: NEW E² – new KIT Young Investigator Group at HIU

Since the beginning of the year, there have been a further Young Investigator Group at HIU: Novel electrode materials for rechargeable electrochemical energy storage – in short: NEW E2. . It was officially acknowledged as KIT Young Investigator Group this month. In the next few years, the team around Dr. Dominic Bresser will focus on the research and development of innovative anode materials which store lithium ions reversibly through a combination of conversion and alloying reactions. The goal here is to enable higher energy and power densities.

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WorkshopOctober 2017: ‘EERA/ON-SITE project’ Workshop on Hybrid Energy and Energy Storage Systems

The EERA/ON-SITE project workshop on Hybrid Energy and Energy Storage Systems took place at Ericsson in Rome on September 21-22, 2017 following the first workshop in San Sebastian in March 2017. The main objective of the workshop was to stimulate an in-depth discussion on the use of different energy and energy storage technologies in combination. The workshop was organised in four sessions that were introduced by an expert followed by a discussion. Moreover, interesting results from Ericsson and the main results from the ON-SITE project were shown.

The workshop was organized by the EERA JP on Energy Storage  (coordinated by the management of SCI Program at KIT) and ON-SITE Project gathering nearly 50 participants.

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InSEIdeSeptember 2017: BMBF young investigator group NanoMatFutur: Dr. Julia Maibach

Dr. Julia Maibach, most recently at Uppsala University in Sweden, was successful in the "NanoMatFutur" tender with her application "InSEIde Interfaces in Lithium-Ion Batteries". Miss Dr. Maibach will also be involved in the development of specific photoelectron spectroscopic techniques with the development of artificial interfaces on Si-C composites for lithium-ion batteries based on a fundamental understanding of the structure and functioning of the SEI. The junior research group of Dr. Dr. Maibach will, through its research, better understand the processes at the interfaces inside batteries and from this understanding directly derive optimization strategies for next generation lithium-ion batteries. The BMBF supports the junior research group in the period from 15.9.2017 to 30.9.2022 with a total sum of € 1.84 million. We congratulate Mrs. Maibach very warmly and wish you much success in the research!

SmILESAugust 2017: Energy Transistion: Energy Network Experts bundle Know How

The storage of renewable energies and smart integration of storage into decentralized networks is crucial for a stable energy supply of the future. Coordinated by KIT, the project SmILES brings together expertise in the simulation, optimization and utilization of such infrastructures across Europe. The aim is to build a platform for the exchange of data and best practices for the integration of heterogeneous energy sources and their storage technologies as well as the strengthening of joint European research.

Press Release 114/2017
HagenmeyerAugust 2017: KIT-Expert Prof. Veit Hagenmeyer - Energy Computer Science

The energy system of the future will be more decentralized, and its share of renewable energies will have to deal with wind and weather fluctuations. In view of these challenges, the professor of energy computer science is looking for a stable, economical and secure energy supply according to information and communication technology solutions.

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P2LJuly 2017: Power-to-Liquid: 200 Liters of Fuel from Solar Power and the Air’s Carbon Dioxide

Production of liquid fuels from regenerative electric power is a major component of the energy turnaround. The first 200 l of synthetic fuel have now been produced from solar energy and the air’s carbon dioxide by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis under the SOLETAIR project. Here, INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), cooperates with Finnish partners. The mobile chemical pilot plant that can be used decentrally produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide. It is so compact that it fits into a shipping container.

Press Release 103/2017
MoleculeJuly 2017: Natural Molecule to Boost the Performance of Electrodes for Rechargeable Batteries

Chlorophyll, blood, and vitamin B12 are all based on the porphyrin molecule. But porphyrin can also be used as an electrode material where it speeds up the charging process of rechargeable batteries. In the “Angewandte Chemie International Edition” journal, researchers from KIT now present the new material system that could mark the beginning of an era of high-performance energy storage and supercapacitors. 

Press Release 097/2017
MeetingJuly 2017: HIU / HI MS Meeting 2017

On 27 and 28 June, representatives of the Helmholtz Institutes of Ulm and Münster met at the HIU. The aim of the second-day meeting was to strengthen the future cooperation. A joint workshop, in which scientists from both institutes presented their research activities, offered all participants the opportunity to exchange ideas. The lectures covered a wide range of research and were therefore of great interest. This was shown in the following discussions.

The HI MS, like the HIU and currently seven other Helmholtz Institutes, belongs to the Helmholtz Association and is operated as an external center of the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

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SPP2080July 2017: New DFG priority program

The DFG establishes the priority program “Catalysts and Reactors under Dynamic Operation Conditions for Energy Storage and Conversion” (SPP 2080). Coordinator of the SPP 2080 is Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt. Project outlines can still be submitted until the 10th of September 2017, the deadline for full proposals is the 8th of January 2018.

OMEJuly 2017: Research article about Oxymethylene Dimethyl Ethers (OME)

Oxymethylene dimethyl ethers (OMEs) are investigated at IKFT as promising fuel additives that are accessible from renewable resources. A recent computational study from theory and model systems investigated the mechanism for the synthesis of OMEs from trioxane and dimethoxymethane. The results explain the observed experimental selectivity that initially favors OME4 and is eventually controlled thermodynamically. [Goncalves, T. J.; Arnold, U.; Plessow, P. N.; Studt, F. ACS Catalysis 2017, 7, 3615–3621.]  

EnergyLab2.0June 2017: Turning the First Sod for the Energy Lab 2.0

The partner, architects and KIT key researchers of the investment project Energy Lab 2.0 celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of the SEnSSiC building (Smart Energy System and Simulation Center) on 2nd June 2017. The picture shows (from left) the architect, Mr. Usinger, the head of KIT Facility Management, Mr. Sutter, the scientific coordinator of Energy Lab 2.0, Prof. Dittmeyer, the coordinator of SEnSSiC, Prof. Noe, the head of division 3, Prof. Knebel, and the deputy coordinator of Energy Lab 2.0, Prof. Hagenmeyer jointly gave the starting shot for building measures of Energy Lab 2.0. At KIT - Campus North, the SEnSSiC building and additional infrastructures, which are a gas turbine, a methanation system, a Jet Fuel Synthesis unit and a 1MW battery, will be installed to simulate the multimodal future energy system. The buildings will be located on a field between the Solar Storage Park and the bioliq facility, which both will also integrated in the Energy Lab 2.0.

Press Release 77/2017
AE4HJune 2017: KIT at AE4H Innovation Lab

Under the umbrella of the Global Change Initiative ‘Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H)’ by Jatin Nathwani from University of Waterloo and Joachim Knebel from KIT, both being the Co-Directors of AE4H, the three day ‘AE4H Innovation Lab: Acceleration Energy Access Solutions’ was hosted by Ortwin Renn, Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), at Potsdam. The meeting gathered some 50 action-oriented thinkers, academia and practitioners from 30 institutions and 21 countries around the world in order to share their expertise on the energy access sector and to exchange insights on key challenges and opportunities, and to work toward the development of new projects and collaborations across the AE4H consortium. The results and projects from the ‘Open Access Energy Blueprint’ were further developed, especially concerning specific projects in Indonesia and Ghana. KIT war represented by six participants who work on robust, affordable and smart energy solutions powered by renewable energies in off-grids areas.

IntersolarMay 2017: KIT at Intersolar and ees Europe

Many elements are required for making the energy system more sustainable. Among them are smart solar storage systems, smartly interconnected energy grids, and electricity-based synthetic fuels (e-fuels). KIT studies the related technologies and will present latest findings and outlooks at the Intersolar and ees Europe exhibitions (May 31 to June 02, 2017, Munich). The main topics covered at the KIT booth will be the Helmholtz “Energy Lab 2.0” research platform, the “SafetyFirst” project for efficient home storage systems, and experience gained from the operation of Germany’s largest solar power storage park for research at KIT (hall 1B, booth B1.154 and special exhibit “Smart Renewable Energy”).

Press Release 064/2017
KIT WorkshopMay 2017: Workshop on “Blockchain in the Energy Context”

On 16th May 2016 the 1st KIT-ZEW Workshop “Blockchain in the Energy Context” was organized by KIT, namely the Institute for Information Systems and Marketing (IISM) (Contact: Esther Mengelkamp, Christof Weinhardt).

In the frame of the workshop applications and case studies of blockchain technology in the energy context were presented. KIT and ZEW invited international speakers: Thorsten Zörner from StromDAO, Scott Kessler from L03 Energy, US , Dr. Thomas Brenner and Felix Förster from OLI SharEnergy and Dr. Dominik Schober from ZEW. Subsequent to the presentations and discussions the 35 participants from academia and industry developed existing and potential use cases from a technological and economical point view in working groups.

BlueprintMay 2017: The ‘OpenAccess Energy Blueprint’ with contributes of KIT researchers

A new report that was published on 28th March 2017 on the topic of universal energy access with key authors Michael Brooks and Nigel Moore The ‘OpenAccess Energy Blueprint’ is the culmination of a yearlong research and writing process that followed an international summit on the topic hosted in Waterloo in April 2016 by our partners at the Waterloo Global Science Initiative.

“The Blueprint outlines high-level recommendations for decision-makers on how to open up access to clean and affordable electricity for the 1 billion people on the planet that currently rely on traditional fuels to meet their energy needs. It highlights policy and regulation, access to finance, entrepreneurship and business model development, and local training and capacity building as key areas where high leverage action can spur change. It also includes a number of ‘solution spotlights’ that highlight ongoing successes and opportunities within the sector, as well as a section on the Canadian context, calling for a concerted effort in this country to help off-grid indigenous communities move away from diesel dependency and into a self-determined clean energy future.”

From KIT side Joachim Knebel, co-founder of AE4H, and Isabelle J. Südmeyer, manager the KIT activities in the AE4H initiative, contributed to chapter 3 “Empowered people” by interviewing 15 experts and summarizing their input.

Project Meeting FASTGRIDMay 2017: FASTGRID Project Meeting at KIT

The second project meeting of the European project FASTGRID was hosted successfully at KIT Campus North on the 15th/16th of May 2017. The project aims at improving the performance of advanced high temperature superconducting tapes at reduced costs for use in fault current limiters, that will affect the future energy networks.

Dedicated scientific as well as management sessions led to a productive exchange of ideas and active discussions consolidating the foundation of the project. The meeting was attended by 35 participants from 9 countries across the globe with contributions from Academia (9 Project Partners) and Industry (3 Industrial Partners). A clear strategy for more industrial involvement was laid out (End-User Board defined, Questionnaire proposed and Workshops schedule laid out) for more effective exploitation of results originating out of the project. Mrs Ewa Jedryka, European Commission Officer, also joined the meeting.

May 2017: Prof. Dr. Fichtner at the European Energy Market 2017

As a keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner (IIP) will give a speech entitled "The Need for New Energy Tariffs" at the 14th International Conference on the European Energy Market 2017 in Dresden on 9 June 2017.

ITIMay 2017: Special Colloquium "Packet-Based Power Transmission" by the department for informatics

The Department for Informatics will hold a special colloquium "Packet-Based Power Transmission" by Dr. Bernd Reifenhäuser, CEO of GIP Exyr GmbH, on 11 May 2017, 2 pm, at Campus South.

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RegEnKiboMay 2017: A short video for the explanation of the project RegEnKibo

For the research project RegEnKibo (Regionalisation of energy supply on the distribution grid level using the model location Kirchheimbolanden) a short explanation video is avalable. In this project researchers of the KIT-Institutes IEH, IRS and EBI are involved.

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ESI Kickoff MeetingApril 2017: Kick-off meeting of Helmholtz Key Future Research Topic “Energy Systems Integration”

The researcher of the future initiative “Energy Systems Integration (ESI)” came together for the kick-off Meeting on 24th April in Frankfurt. The coordinator Veit Hagenmeyer (KIT) welcomed the 30 participants of the seven participating centers.The project partners are KIT, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), and the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ).

Energy systems integration addresses those aspects of the energy system that make all individual components form a whole, i.e. all physical and IT-based interconnections as well as their structures and functions. The project comprises three work packages: The first package covers coupling of power, gas, and heat networks as well as materials flows with IT infrastructures in sustainable, multi-modal energy systems. The second work package focuses on possibilities of flexibilizing processes in energy-intensive industries, such as metal processing, cement processing, and petrochemical industries. The third work package deals with market and regulatory issues of future energy supply that will be based primarily on regenerative sources and centralized-decentralized infrastructures and whose demand will be highly flexible. 

Press Release 34/2017
April 2017: Öffentliche Leopoldina Vorlesung von Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Hahn

Anlässlich der Tagung des Präsidiums der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina am KIT laden die Präsidenten Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, Leopoldina, und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, KIT, zu der öffentlichen Leopoldina Vorlesung

Spielen mit Grenzflächen – Batterien, druckbare Elektronik und schaltbare Magnete

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Hahn | Institut für Nanotechnologie

am Dienstag, 25. April 2017 um 18:00 Uhr im Redtenbacher Hörsaal, Geb. 10.91, Campus Süd ein.

Energy Lab 2.0 LogoApril 2017: Energy Lab 2.0 at the Hannover Messe and the Intersolar Europe Munich

The KIT will present at the Hannover Messe from 24th - 28th of April 2017 and together with the other Helmholtz partner centers DLR and Forschungszentrum Jülich at the Intersolar Europe Munich from 31th May - 2nd of June 2017 the infrastructure platform Energy Lab 2.0. The aim is to show how the complex interplay of the components of future energy systems is to be investigated.

Hannover_MesseApril 2017: KIT at the Hannover Messe 2017

At the Hanover Messe from 24th - 28th April 2017, the KIT will present for the first time at the leading exhibition "Energy" the Kopernikus Project ENSURE coordinated by the KIT, the Energy Lab 2.0, the INERATECs microstructured chemical reactor and a superconducting transformer. As in previous years, KIT will also be represented at the leading exhibition "Research and Technology".

Press Release 43/2017
EERAMarch 2017: EERA Workshop on Hybrid Energy and Energy Storage Systems

The EERA workshop on Hybrid Energy and Energy Storage Systems took place in San Sebastian on March 22, 2017. The aim of the workshop was to learn about and discuss research questions for the use of different storage technologies in combination, how they can fit together, and how can they be integrated in the grid and their use and need of smart grids to enhance performance. Moreover, the goal was to make information on existing hybrid systems available and point out research needs for hybrid energy and energy storage systems and their integration in a smart grid. A report sumarizing the outcome of the workshop is under preparation.

The workshop was organized by the EERA JP on Energy Storage (coordinated by the management of SCI Programme at KIT) and gathered 34 participants (research and industry) from 10 different countries. A following workshop on this topic is foreseen in Autumn 2017.

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March 2017: KIT heads up the project 'Energy Systems Integration' as the 'future topic' of the Helmholtz Association.

The aim of the new project 'Energy Systems Integration' is the goal of tailoring environmentally compatible, efficient, flexible and stable energy systems for the future. The project, headed by Professor Veit Hagenmeyer at the Institute for Applied Computer Science (IAI), focuses on interactions between the individual components, such as producers, storage and consumers. It integrates processes of the metalworking, cement processing and petrochemical industries. The Helmholtz Association promotes 'Energy System Integration' as a new 'future topic' with five million euros.

Press Release 34/2017
VTT-DelegationMarch 2017: KIT delegation visits VTT

KIT Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Prof. Hirth and Head of Division 3, Prof. Knebel, visited VTT in Espoo, Finland together with a delegation of KIT researchers on 23rd/24th March 2017. VTT’s Executive Vice President of the business area “Smart Industry and Energy Systems”, Erja Turunen, and her team invited the KIT for the yearly collaboration meeting. In the frame of the meeting the present activities of collaboration of both institutions were presented and new, potential collaboration research work, especially in the field of smart grids  were identified and next steps for researcher exchange were defined.

Francisco Vidal Vázquez, Scientist at VTTFebruary 2017: Energy Lab 2.0 meets Neo-Carbon Energy

On 15th and 16th February 2017 a KIT researcher delegation visited their collaboration colleagues of VTT in Espoo, Finland for a joint workshop “Energy Lab 2.0 meets Neo-Carbon Energy”. The workshop was jointly organized by Roland Dittmeyer from KIT and Pasi Vainikka from VTT. The researchers presented their research activities in the fields of “Catalysis and gas conversion, Power to X concepts and Smart Energy Systems and discussed future collaboration opportunities. Additionally the KIT researcher visited the Bioruukki pilot center. At Bioruukki among other infrastructures, the first Compact Plant Worldwide for Synthetic Fuels from Solar Energy and Carbon Dioxide extracted from Air with key components of the KIT INERATEC Supplies has been built up in the frame of a joint project “SOLETAIR”.

SmILESFebruaury 2017: SmILES 1st Technical Workshop

2.2.-3.2.2017: The researchers of the newly started European Project SmILES (Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximising the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix), met at AIT in Vienna for 1st technical workshop. The participants from AIT, EDF, EIFER, DTU, KIT discussed and agreed on the details and next steps of the work packages and deliverables of the first year.

SmILES kick-off meetingJanuary 2017: SmILES kick-off meeting

25.-26.01.2017: The newly started European Project SmILES (Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximising the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix), which is coordinated by  the management of SCI Programme, was launched at KIT. Participants from academia (AIT, EDF, EIFER, DTU, KIT), industry (EnBW AG, Dalkia Groupe EDF, DHC+ Technology Platform, A2E) as well as four EERA AISBL Joint Programme coordinators (JP Energy Storage, JP Smart Grids, JP Fuel Cells & Hydrogen, JP Economic, environmental and social impacts) were present. The KIT was represented by three institutes, IAI, IPE and HoC-ZML as well as the Programme Management SCI. The EC funds gather 2,44 Mio€ from the total project budget of 16,3 Mio€.

FASTGRIDJanuary 2017: FASTGRID kick-off meeting

23.01.2017: The newly started European Project FASTGRID (Cost effective FCL using advanced superconducting tapes for future HVDC grid), which is jointly coordinated by CNRS and KIT (Program Management SCI), was launched in Lyon (France). Participants from academia (CNRS, KIT, SG Institute, CSIC, RSE, TAU, IEE, EPFL, STUBA, EPM) and industy (OXOLUTIA, THEVA) were present. The Institute for Technical Physics (ITEP) as well as the management of SCI Programme represented KIT. The EC funds gather 7,25 Mio€ from the total project budget of 9 Mio€.