Energy Lab 2.0
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“.
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.
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
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.