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News 2019
BatteriesDecember 2019: Up to 30 Percent more Capacity for Lithium-ion Batteries

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and cooperating institutions studied structural changes during the synthesis of cathode materials for future high-energy lithium-ion batteries and obtained new major findings about degradation mechanisms. These findings might contribute to the development of batteries of far higher capacity, which would then increase the range of electric vehicles. The results are reported in Nature Communications (DOI 10.1038/s41467-019-13240-z).

Press Release 160/2019
Thomas LeibfriedNovember 2019: Prof. Dr.-Ing.Thomas Leibfried elected to the Board of the Smart Grids Platform Baden-Württemberg e.V.

Professor Thomas Leibfried was elected to the board of the Smart Grids Platform Baden-Württemberg with effect from 1.1.2020. The purpose of the association is to promote intelligent energy networks (Smart Grids infrastructure) and related innovative Smart Grids products and services in research, development and implementation with the long-term goal of largely CO2-free energy supply generation. The platform represents over 60 partners from companies, research institutions and associations as well as individuals. The association was founded in 2013 in Stuttgart, published the Smart Grids Roadmap Baden-Württemberg and has the overall goal to implement this roadmap comprehensively and area-wide in Baden-Württemberg.

Energy Lab 2.0November 2019: Energy Lab building awarded by Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects

In the "Karlsruhe-Land 2013 - 2019" award procedure, the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects (AKBW) has awarded the 'Exemplary Building Karlsruhe' prize to the Energy Lab 2.0 building (Building 668 on Campus North). The architectural office is Behnisch Architekten from Stuttgart, the tender and site management was carried out by Wiesler Zwirlein Architekten GbR from Ostfildern-Kemnat.

The jury's reasoning is: 'The new building presents itself as a free-standing solitaire with a homogeneous, translucent polycarbonate shell that allows the building to shine mysteriously at dusk and supplies the interior with natural light evenly during the day. The soft daylight and the wood of the supporting structure create a surprisingly pleasant working atmosphere in the test hall and the offices. Simple glass walls separate the different room areas, resulting in a variety of visual relationships. The Energy Lab 2.0 is an innovative, attractive and high-quality place for research.'

Tabea ArndtNovember 2019: Professorship for Superconducting Magnet Technology

Prof. Dr. Tabea Arndt joined KIT Division III as Professor for Superconducting Magnet Technology and Member of the Bord of Directors at the Institute for Technical Physics (ITEP) on 1 October 2019.

Tabea Arndt is a physicist who started her studies at KIT on the subject of HTS RE-123 thin films gaining her PhD in 1995. After internships at the IBM research center, she got a grant “Secure Talents for Innovation” and moved to Vacuumschmelze GmbH working on magnetic materials, alloys and wires of low and high temperature superconductors. She continued her work on superconducting wires and tapes in carve outs of Vacuumschmelze GmbH and various companies. In 2008 she joined Siemens Corporate Technology in Erlangen and became Head of Research Group “Superconducting Applications”. In 2015 she was promoted to the position of the Principal Key Expert “Electromagnetic Systems”. She served as a German delegate to the International Energy Agency, Technical Collaboration Program HTS, as a panel member of DKE/IEC (TC90), as a board member of Conectus, ISIS and ESAS, and as a panel member (deputy chair) of European Research Council, Grants for Starters and Consolidators, 2008-2014.

November 2019: Nature Journal Publication by IAM-ESS

“Structural insights into the formation and voltage degradation of lithium- and manganese-rich layered oxides” 

Although high-energy lithium- and manganese-rich layered cathode materials can deliver 30 % excess capacity compared with today’s commercially used cathodes, the so-called voltage decay has been restricting their practical application. Here, we have investigated systematically the structural and compositional dependence of manganese-rich lithium insertion compounds on the lithium content provided during synthesis and the complexity in the synthesis pathways of layered Li[Li0.2Ni0.2Mn0.6]O2 oxide. The transformation of the lithium-rich layered phase to a lithium-poor spinel phase via an intermediate lithium-containing rock-salt phase with release of lithium/oxygen was discovered during ultra-long-term cycling.

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StorageNovember 2019: Optimized Mass Storage Facilities for the Future Energy System

 

KIT Develops Low-cost Energy Storage Systems Suited for Series Production and Use in a Flexible Power Grid.
Two close-to-production mass storage facilities are now complementing the Energy Lab 2.0 of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The scientists are testing optimized control by a new lithium-ion storage system for short-term grid stabilization and a new redox-flow storage system for longer storage terms.

Press Release 155/2019
P2XNovember 2019: Ceremonial commissioning of the Power-to-Liquid plant of the Kopernikus project "P2X"

On 6 November 2019, the Power-to-Liquid plant, which was built as part of the Kopernikus "P2X" project, will be ceremoniously commissioned. The festivities start at 10:00 a.m. at the IMVT on the north campus of KIT. A registration is required.

You can find more information about the event here in the information sheet.

BatteriesOctober 2019: Colloquium Fundamentale: Future Batteries

Are new energy storage technologies viable? Under the heading of “Reloaded – Neue Perspektiven auf die Energiespeicherung von morgen” (reloaded – new perspectives for tomorrow’s energy storage), the Colloquium Fundamentale of ZAK I Centre for Cultural and General Studies of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will focus on the development of battery technologies and new research approaches. The series of lectures will be opened by Professor for Philosophy of Science and Technology Rafaela Hillerbrand speaking about “Philosophische Perspektiven auf die Energiewende: Chancen, Unsicherheiten und die Notwendigkeit von Energiespeichern” (philosophical perspectives on the energy transition: Opportunities, uncertainties, and the necessity of energy storage systems) on Thursday, October 17, 2019, 18,00 hrs at the NTI-Hörsaal (Engesserstr. 5, building 30.10, Campus South of KIT).

Press Release 134/2019
Bernhard HolzapfelOctober 2019: DVG Rudolf-Jaeckel Prize 2019 to Professor Bernhard Holzapfel

At the V2019 conference in Dresden, the Rudolf-Jaeckel Prize of the German Vacuum Society (DVG) was awarded to Bernhard Holzapfel, Director at the Institute of Technical Physics ITEP. The medal of honour and certificate were presented by Dr. Ute Bergner, President of the DVG. Mr. Holzapfel receives the award "for his outstanding achievements ... and groundbreaking contributions to the establishment of laser deposition in thin film technology, especially for the preparation of oxide, thin films, especially superconducting, magnetic and ferroelectric films".
The laudation was given by Joachim Knebel, who described the scientific career and character of Bernhard Holzapfel: an enthusiastic and inspiring university lecturer, an inquisitive spirit of research that constantly sees beyond the limits of what is feasible, and an innovator who successfully puts students, doctoral students and laboratory results into practice!

BatteriesOctober 2019: Calcium Batteries: New Electrolytes, Enhanced Properties

Calcium-based batteries promise to reach a high energy density at low manufacturing costs. This lab-scale technology has the potential for replacing lithium-ion technology in future energy storage systems. Using the electrolytes available, however, it has been impossible so far to charge calcium batteries at room temperature. In the Energy & Environmental Science journal, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now present a promising electrolyte class, with which this will be possible. (DOI: 10.1039/c9ee01699f)

Press Release 133/2019
ABAA 19October 2019: Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the lithium-ion batteries developers

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2019 was jointly awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion batteries".

One of the three excellent scientists, M. Stanley Whittingham, was attending the ABAA 12 meeting, which took place from 6 to 9 October in Ulm, Germany.

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IEEEOctober 2019: IEEE Webinar Electriciy for All

On Friday October 18, WISE and AE4H invite you to join us for a webinar hosted by the IEEE. This webinar will provide an overview of the main issues, ideas, and solutions discussed in the September 2019 Proceedings special issue “Electricity for All: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions for Energy-Disadvantaged Communities.” WISE Executive Director Professor Jatin Nathwani, along with AE4H members Claudio Cañizares (University of Waterloo), and Daniel Kammen (University of California, Berkeley, USA) will be presenting their work followed by a question and answer session.

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Machine construction day 2019 - Redtenbacher PrizeSeptember 2019: Machine construction day 2019 - Redtenbacher Prize

The “Redtenbacher-Preis” was awarded to Tessina Helene Scholl for the best Master's degree at the Mechanical Engineering Day on 19.07.2019.

The prize for the best degree of 2018 in KIT's Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering was donated by the KSB Foundation.

Tessina Scholl wrote her master's thesis at IAI and is now a PhD student in the Systems Theory and Control Engineering working group.

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ES2050September 2019: Doctoral Seminar 2019 of the Helmholtz joint initiative Energy System 2050

Bringing researchers from different research disciplines together to support their work on solutions for the challenges of our future energy system is a central goal of the Helmholtz initiative ES2050. Supporting young scientists is another. This year’s ES2050 doctoral seminar focused on interactivity and interdisciplinarity but still left enough room for talks and poster presentations by the young scientists.

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EWTSeptember 2019: Energiewendetage Baden-Württemberg 2019

this weekend, the Energiewendetage Baden-Württemberg will take place again. The KIT will present a variety of results and solutions from science, the Master Plan 2030 and the KIT energy concept. This year, the focus will be on the heat and mobility transformation.

WagnerSeptember 2019: Konrad Zuse Medal Goes to Computer Scientist of KIT

Dorothea Wagner’s research on automated route planning is applied daily all over the world. So far, the computer scientist of KIT has published more than 250 articles about algorithmics issues. The professor combines theoretical and practical approaches to optimize energy systems, among others. The Konrad Zuse Medal presented to Dorothea Wagner at the Annual Meeting of the German Informatics Society (GI) honors her as “an outstanding scientist, whose contributions to informatics research are at the leading edge worldwide.”

Press Release 125/2019
August 2019: Battery research: New method for characterizing electrolyte solutions

Lithium-ion batteries are proven power storage devices for mobile devices such as smartphones or e-bikes. Capacity and service life depend on the materials used, but are also determined at the interfaces between battery fluid and electrodes. Until now, there has been a lack of methods to investigate the reactions taking place here in real time under realistic conditions. As they report in the journal Nature Communications, KIT researchers, together with Swedish colleagues, have now succeeded for the first time in using photoelectron spectroscopy to investigate solvents and battery electrolyte solution, thereby maintaining the liquid phase over a longer period of time. The decisive factor here was the stabilizing ambient pressure of the solvent in gaseous form.

"A stable liquid state and realistic concentrations of the electrolyte salts are decisive for the design of future real studies in battery research," says Julia Maibach, Head of Group Designed Interfaces for Electrochemical Energy Storage at KIT. Only during battery operation does a layer form between the electrolyte fluid and the negative electrode, which at best acts as protection. However, this side reaction consumes charge and leads to capacity losses. The team's goal is to understand the interfacial reaction in detail and then develop customized electrode protective layers. With its new method, it has already been able to determine concentration differences in the electrolyte solution.

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INERATECAugust 2019: Carbon-neutral Fuels from Air and Green Power

Several challenges associated with the energy transition can be managed by coupling the sectors of electric power and mobility. Green power could be stored in the long term, fuels of high energy density could be used in a carbon-neutral way. Sector coupling has now been demonstrated by the partners of the P2X Kopernikus project on the premises of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The first liters of fuel were produced from air-captured carbon dioxide and green power. For the first time, a container-based test facility integrating all four chemical process steps needed was used to implement a continuous process with maximum carbon dioxide utilization and very high energy efficiency.

Press Release 107/2019
Battery ProductionJuly 2019: Battery Production at Record Speed

With a new coating process, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have produced electrodes for lithium-ion batteries at record speed. At the same time, the new process improves the quality of electrodes and reduces production costs.

Press Release 103/2019
AE4HJuly 2019: AE4H Innovation Lab 2019

In the framework of the Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H) Initiative, launched by University of Waterloo (UoW) and KIT, this second Innovation Lab which was hosted by UoW from June 19-21, brings together experts and practitioners in the field of energy access for the purpose of developing new insights on the delivery of affordable energy services in regions with limited access to electricity. The objective of the lab is to identify how delivery of a range of specific energy services can help spur local economic development and social value creation. The some 50 participants, who were highly diverse in expertise, nationality, age and gender, discussed and assembled to produce a set of working papers that outline follow-up activities which advance off-grid energy innovation to support key end user needs/energy services, including: business services, agriculture, electric cooking, electric mobility, education and public health, clean water access, communication, heating and cooling. KIT contributed with a project on ‚Off-Grid Hybrid Systems (OHRES) for contrastive remote communities in Uganda and Canada‘ by Mohamed Elkadragy (ETI).
On the second day, a public event was held, featuring innovation lab participants discussing cleantech entrepreneurship in Africa. This event was also a part of the TrueNorth Festival, the largest annual gathering of tech leaders in Canada's technology triangle.

Nature Journal Publication by IAM-ESSJuly 2019: Nature Journal Publication by IAM-ESS

“Probing a battery electrolyte drop with ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy”

Operando ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy in realistic battery environments is a key development towards probing the functionality of the electrode/electrolyte interface in lithium-ion batteries that is not possible with conventional photoelectron spectroscopy. Here, we present the ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of a model electrolyte based on 1M bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide lithium salt in propylene carbonate. Our article provides insights into the liquid components of a lithium ion battery and the necessity to stabilize the liquid phases in ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy measurements.

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KITJuly 2019: KIT Is University of Excellence

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was successful in the funding line of “Universities of Excellence” in the Excellence Strategy competition launched by the Federation and the Federal States. The concept “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change” will now be granted funding. For the next seven years, a total amount of EUR 105 million was applied for. KIT’s proposal focuses on strengthening excellent research at KIT. Other central elements are intensive dialog with society and providing reliable academic careers. This concept has made KIT one of eleven Universities of Excellence selected for funding by the Excellence Commission from a total of 19 proposals. The decision was announced on Friday afternoon (July 19, 2019) in Bonn.

Press Release 98/2019
HIUJuly 2019: Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek Visits Helmholtz Institute Ulm

Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, visited Ulm and informed herself about battery research there. She came to see the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU) that was established by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with Ulm University and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

Press Release 94/2019
FASTGRIDJuly 2019: Review for EU Project FASTGRID in Brussels

The second review meeting for the European project FASTGRID, jointly managed by CNRS Grenoble and KIT Karlsruhe was held in Brussels on the 17.07.2019 with Work Package leaders and FASTGRID external Expert, Dr. Ewa Jedryka in the European Commission building. Results were presented to show focused progress in each of the respective WPs related to material characterization and testing methodology of the HVDC smart module demonstrator and the success of the project could be measured in terms of comments from the external exert who described FASTGRID as a very ambitious project with good results. The team of scientists are grateful and satisfied for the positive remarks from the European commission representatives and strive to continue the high quality research that they want to stand for, for the energy research and innovation within Europe. Congratulations and all the best for the next reporting period!

three phase methanationJune 2019: Three-phase methanation at the Energy Lab 2.0 goes into operation

On July 12, 2019, the three-phase methanation plant at Energy Lab 2.0 was successfully put into operation by a team from the EBI-ceb of KIT. After various tests and preparations, methane was generated from carbon dioxide and hydrogen over several hours in a stable and high yield.

This is the world's first plant of its kind. Three-phase methanation is characterized above all by its high level of dynamics and robustness and is therefore particularly suitable for use in dynamic power-to-gas processes - for example, in conjunction with fluctuating photovoltaic power generation or wind power - as an important component of the energy transition attractive.

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batteries europeJune 2019: ETIP BatteRIes Europe officially launched

The European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) – BatteRIes Europe has now been launched officially!

BatteRIes Europe is the forum bringing together all relevant stakeholders in the European batteries research and innovation ecosystem in order to develop and support a competitive battery value chain in Europe.

The ETIP creates a bridge between the different actions related to the battery industry, especially in relation to research and innovation (R&I), and ensures that the relevant stakeholders have the possibility to discuss, and agree upon common R&I priorities.

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Nature CommunicationsMay 2019: Crowd Oil not crude oil

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the University of Toronto have proposed a method enabling air conditioning and ventilation systems to produce synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water from the ambient air. Compact plants are to separate CO2 from the ambient air directly in buildings and produce synthetic hydrocarbons which can then be used as renewable synthetic oil. The KIT researcher of Program SCI – Topic 3 Synthetic Hydrocarbons, namely Roland Dittmeyer and Michael Klumpp, now presents this "crowd oil" concept in Nature Communications. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09685-x)

Press Release 58/2019
PasseriniApril 2019: Prof. Stefano Passerini admitted to the Academy of Science Leopoldina

Prof. Stefano Passerini, Director of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm, has now been elected to the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences. Prof. Passerini has been working on the development of materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage for 30 years. His research focuses on the basic understanding and development of materials for lithium batteries, such as ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and electrode materials. Passerini is the co-author of over 500 publications and for the third year in a row one of the most cited researchers in his field.

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TRANSITIONApril 2019: Sodium-Ion Batteries: from Materials Development to Technology Innovation

To provide an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and high-performing alternative to lithium-ion batteries – that’s the goal for the next generation of sodium-ion batteries. The technically relevant active materials and electrolytes are currently being designed and optimized by scientists of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (FSU). Within the TRANSITION project, they are developing solutions to ensure the technology transfer of sodium-ion batteries to the industrial level, making a significant contribution to a more sustainable energy storage market in Germany. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with EUR 1.15 million for a duration of three years.

Press Release 54/2019
Nature Journal Publication by IAM-ESSApril 2019: Nature Journal Publication by IAM-ESS

NASICON-Type Air-Stable and All-Climate Cathode for Sodium-Ion Batteries with Low Cost and High-Power Density.

The development of low-cost and long-lasting all-climate cathode materials for sodium ion batteries is one of the key issues for the success of large-scale energy storage. Here, we synthesize a NASICON-type tuneable Na4Fe3(PO4)2(P2O7)/C nanocomposite which shows both excellent rate performance and outstanding cycling stability over more than 4400 cycles. Its air stability and all-climate properties are investigated, and its potential as the sodium host in full cells has been studied.

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Visit Off-Grid project in UgandaApril 2019: Off-grid hybrid renewable energy systems - KIT study in Uganda

Off-grid hybrid renewable energy systems (OHRES) utilize renewable resources, such as wind and solar power, as well as backup generators to provide electricity for remote communities. A major challenge to the accelerated expansion of these systems is a lack of reliable data assessing the technical and economic performance of systems across diverse geographies. This is due to the lack of standardization in technical and economic analyses for OHRES systems.

Mohamed Elkadragy, a PhD candidate in Renewable Energy at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) embarked on a techno-economic study of OHRES systems with the support of AE4H in 2017. The goal is to carry out a contrastive techno-economic analysis and system design optimization of two similar wind/solar OHRES systems installed in locations with very different climatic and economic conditions - Canada and Uganda. The aim is to understand how technical, economic, and environmental contexts influence the economic feasibility and sustainability of OHRES systems. 

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SEKOApril 2019: KIT Tests Sector Coupling in Real-world Lab

Flexible interconnection of power, heat, and gas promises to make the future energy system more sustainable. This so-called sector coupling will now be tested under close-to-practice conditions at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Within the SEKO research project, a large-scale real-world laboratory including the corresponding properties and energy grids of KIT will be established. The new research infrastructure for sector coupling will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with more than EUR 6.5 million.

Press Release 51/2019
CELESTMarch 2018: Official Opening of the CELEST Research Platform and POLiS Battery Cluster of Excellence

Launch of the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (CELEST), one of the biggest German research and development platforms in the area of electrochemical energy storage. Together with guests from politics, research, and industry, KIT, Ulm University, and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) celebrated the opening of the joint research platform and its first outstanding success: approval of the Cluster of Excellence on Post Lithium Storage (POLiS) within the Excellence Strategy launched by the federal and state governments.

Press Release 44/2019
Hannover MesseMarch 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 43/2019
Global Energy PrizeMarch 2019: Global Energy Prize Summit 2019 at KIT

This year the Global Energy Prize Summit will take place in Germany, at KIT from April 9-10th 2019.

The Global Energy Prize Summit is a unique discussion platform where in the moderated round table format the Global Energy Prize laureates of various years, the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee members as well as renowned energy experts, business and politics leaders discuss relevant topics. It has been held on an annual basis since 2012 for discussion of the most urgent energy issues, working out precise mechanisms and ways of their solution and their communication to the public and the world’s leading energy organisations.

Selected doctoral researchers of KIT will have the opportunity to present their research to an international panel of reputable scientist which will, at the end of the summit, award a price to the best presentation and project. This price will include an invitation to the next Laureate’s Week which will be held in Moscow from October 2nd to 5th. Application: Please submit a one-page (maximum) abstract of your work until March 25th, 2019

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SEKOMarch 2019: First Project Meeting of the National Project SEKO (Sectorcoupling)

On Tuesday, 12 March 2018, the first project meeting of the national funded project SEKO by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research took place at the KIT. All seven involved institutes (Battery Technical Center, IAI, IEH, ITC, ITC-vgt, ITEP, LTI) presented their first results and how the project will go on in the second half of 2019. The project officer of Projektträger Jülich (PtJ), Pascal Noël, also attended at the meeting and could convinced oneself of the achieved progress of the KIT-scientists.

CroCoMarch 2019: Energy-efficient Superconducting Cable for Future Technologies

For connecting wind parks, for DC supply on ships, or for lightweight and compact high-current cabling in future electric airplanes: scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a versatile superconducting cable that can be manufactured easily. In case of moderate cooling, it transports electric energy with hardly any losses.

Press Release 39/2019
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 Quick Charging System for E-bikes

The e-bike market is booming. Thanks to electric support, cyclists can choose their routes more freely, elderly people can stay mobile, and commuters reach their workplace stress-free. This makes many people use bicycles instead of cars. Presently, charging of the battery takes about two to four hours. To shorten charging time of e-bikes in particular during daily use in the city, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Coboc GmbH & Co. KG, a company specialized in electric mobility, plan to make the batteries of pedelecs capable of rapid charging.

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 Future Batteries

To successfully implement the energy transition and to store regenerative energy, better batteries are required. The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ brings together leading scientists and companies from all over Europe to achieve major progress in battery science and technology. It is scheduled for a duration of ten years. The preparation project for BATTERY 2030+ will start in March. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), CELEST, University of Ulm and ZSW are partner of 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
Egg shellsFebruary 2019: Storing energy with eggshells

Biowaste in the form of chicken eggshells has proved to be very effective for energy storage. This finding was made by an international team of researchers, including scientists of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) established by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In the journal Dalton Transactions of the Royal Society of Chemistry, they present the sustainable storage material that might be used in a low-cost lithium-ion capacitor. (DOI: 10.1039/c8dt03252a)

Press Release 24/2019
HS-OffenburgFebruary 2019: Mobility: Hydrogen as fuel for buses in Offenburg

Is it possible to implement emission-free local public transport based on hydrogen and fuel cell technology? The "H2Bus" research project, which is funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg with around 175,000 euros and in which two KIT working groups are involved, is now looking into this question.

In the course of the year, a concept will be developed for opening up the Offenburg model region with fuel cell-powered buses. "In the project, we will examine the technical possibilities very closely, but we will also analyse the costs and the necessary infrastructure as well as social acceptance," explains project leader Maxime Zeller of EIFER, the European Institute for Energy Research at KIT. "With this project, we are building a bridge between scientific knowledge and application for social benefit," explains Martin Kagerbauer from the Institute of Transport at KIT. KIT has been operating a fuel cell bus line on the shuttle route between its two sites in Karlsruhe and Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen since 2013. The University of Applied Sciences Offenburg and the City of Offenburg are also partners in the project "Hydrogen Mobility in Public Transport in the City of Offenburg and its Surroundings - Concept Development, Technoeconomic Analysis and Social Acceptance".

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POLISFebruary 2019: IAM-ESS is part of the KIT Cluster of Excellence POLIS

In the initiative "Energy Storage Beyond Lithium" jointly supported by KIT and the University of Ulm, scientists from electrochemistry, material sciences, theoretical modeling, and engineering sciences cooperate in a multidisciplinary approach.

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KopernikusFebruary 2019: Smart Grid: Intelligent control systems for distribution networks

As the energy revolution progresses, renewable energies and electromobility will be expanded at the same time. This creates fluctuations in the electrical distribution networks and necessitates new control solutions. In the Kopernikus project ENSURE, the KIT is researching new approaches to the optimal use of resources, more intelligent control of decentralised energy plants and predicting the potential for flexibility in the grid.

The aim of the research is to develop automatic control systems that take into account available energy resources as well as consumer behaviour and react to dynamic changes such as weather and market conditions. Due to their complexity, the resulting optimization problems cannot be solved by classical methods. However, new methods based on metaheuristics developed at the Institute for Automation and Applied Computer Science (IAI) at KIT are promising. "These are algorithms for the approximate solution of optimization problems," explains Clemens Düpmeier of IAI. "This enables us to achieve a good compromise between accuracy and the actual performance of the solution". Machine Learning will also be used in predicting the possible range of flexibility. Training artificial neural networks with large data sets on consumption and supply in distribution networks can also improve the accuracy of predictions.

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Battery2030February 2019: New research initiative will power up Europe’s battery revolution

A world moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy will rely more and more on energy storage and in particular on batteries. Better batteries can reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector, stabilise the power grid, and much more. The Battery 2030+ large-scale research initiative will gather leading scientists in Europe, as well as the industry, to achieve a leap forward in battery science and technology. The first Battery 2030+ project kicks off in March 2019 and will lay the basis for this large-scale research initiative on future battery technologies.

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ReFuelsJanuary 2019: Research Offensive on Regenerative Fuels

With the project “reFuels – Re-thinking Fuels,” the state government, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and industry wish to establish alternatives to fossil fuels. Today (January 18, 2019), State Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann officially started the project within the framework of the Policy Dialog on Automotive Industry.

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BatteryJanuary 2019: Magnesium Batteries: Dawn of the Post-lithium Era

A better performance, lower costs, and enhanced safety compared to lithium-ion batteries: These are the hopes of scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and their cooperation partners in relation to novel magnesium batteries to be developed under the E-MAGIC research project. E-MAGIC is funded by the European Union (EU) with more than EUR 6.5 million and is to pool the relevant activities of various European science institutions.

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