In October 2014, KIT launched the Energy Lab 2.0 to investigate the interactions of different components of future energy systems. The overall objective is to accelerate the German “Energiewende” (energy transition) and in particular the integration of RES in electricity production. The smart platform is a network of facilities that joins electric, thermal and chemical energy flows as well as new information and communication Technologies in cooperation with the Project Partners of Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and the German aeronautics and space research centre (DLR).
In a real-time simulation environment, the Energy Lab 2.0 is testing new approaches to reliable energy storage and extending and stabilising power grid and power production. Research facilities include the already existing solar power storage park and the bioliq® pilot facility, as well as planned electrical, electrochemical, and chemical storage systems and a fuel-flexible gas turbine with current generator (expected to be commissioned at the end of 2018). Furthermore the Partners at FZJ will install an Electroclysis Facility in Jülich and the DLR will integrate a thermal energy storage System via Data grid. In that manner seven new facilities and a Smart Energy System Simulation and Control Center (SEnSSiCC) will be installed during the Project.
The complete amount to be invested is 23 Mio. Euro, of which 17.5 Mio. Euro is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (15 Mio. Euro institutional funding and 2,5 Mio Euro by project funding), 3 Mio. Euro is invested by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy adds 2,5 Mio. Euro for the installation of this „Intellegent Energiewende-Platform“.