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Prof. Dr. Mathias Noe
Program Spokesperson & Topic 6 Spokesperson
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Dr. Isabelle Südmeyer
Manager of Program
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Barbara Teichert
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Dr. Elisa Gil-Bardaji
Manager of JP Energy Storage
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Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures – for the renewable energy age

New Program within the Research Field Energy of the Helmholtz Association


On 3rd August 2011, the German Government adopted the 6th Energy Research Program, entitled “Research for an environmentally sound, reliable, and affordable energy supply”. The goals defined in the document provide the foundation for the content and shape of the Helmholtz programs. The programs are in line with the goals outlined in the government’s High-Tech Strategy for Germany and in its Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research.

For present period of program-oriented funding (PoF III) of Helmholtz, which will run from 2015 to 2019, the Research Field Energy will therefore use the findings of its on-going scientific work and the current challenges facing society as a basis for restructuring, refocusing, and further developing its programmes. To better leverage the expertise and potential of Helmholtz research, closer links will be established among all the individual themes, topics, and programs in energy research. This network will also extend beyond the Research Field Energy, thus connecting its work to every other research field within the Helmholtz Association.

Press Release 004/2015

For the success of the German Energiewende, it is mandatory to develop economically efficient energy storage systems and to design and link important infrastructures for energy transmission and distribution. Supply of energy based mostly on renewable energy sources requires three important new technical solutions. First, adequate energy storage to compensate volatile energy generation and to bridge seasonal fluctuations in supply and demand, second, technologies and infrastructures to master the upcoming challenges of energy transmission and distribution, and, third, a much better link between different energy carriers (e.g. gas, electricity) to secure reliable, flexible, efficient, and economic energy supply. These are the guidelines for the following R&D topics in this programme. The main research topics include many technical options and aim for prompt application, eco-friendly manufacturing, high efficiency, and safe and reliable system integration. The programme has important links and contributes to the joint energy storage programme of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).


Participating Helmholtz Centers:





PhD Student
November 2016: Second SCI Scientific Meeting in Berlin

“Multiscale Modeling of Energy Storage Materials“ was the heading of the second SCI Scientific Meeting hosted by Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, namely Prof. Dzubiella and Prof. Ballauff. This two-day workshop is the second in a series of scientific workshops in the Helmholtz Program „Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures“(SCI). The goal is to offer a discussion platform for future projects and research activities across all participating centers and topics. The aim of this dialogue is to stimulate and identify future scientific directions as well as expectations, needs, and requirements for cutting edge science within the field of theoretical modeling of energy storage materials. The program included several talk from experts and a poster session for PhD students (see picture)

Helmholtz Workshop in Berlin
November 2016: Helmholtz Workshop of the four Programs in the Research Field Energy.

The Helmholtz prorams „Energy Materials and Resources (EMR)“, „Renewable Energies (RE)“, „Storage and Cross-linkedInfrastructures (SCI)“ and „Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS)“ face the challenges associated with the energy transition from different perspectives starting along the whole value chain from basic research to system solutions. In the frame of a workshop on 8th and 9th November the experts from the four Helmholtz programs met in Berlin. On the first day key subjects of the energy transition were presented and an discussion introduced with external experts. Questions and knowledge of the first day were integrated in the second day, when in four internal workshops present research results from cross program topics were introduced and discussed with experts from the four different programs. The goal was to strengthen the cooperation between the programs and evaluate new syntergies for solving technological and systematical key questions for the complex future energy system.

ENSURE picture participants
November 2016: Kopernikus project ENSURE partners meet at the KIT: How can the electricity network be adapted to an irregular supply?

For the German energy system, the energy turnaround represents a paradigm shift, which, in addition to challenges, also offers economic opportunities. The research within the project "ENSURE: New energy network structures for the energy users" will contribute decisively to the fact that the energy turnaround is economically successful and that technology suppliers, infrastructure operators and electricity customers can profit from it. At the first meeting of the Kopernikus project ENSURE on November 4, 2016 in Karlsruhe, 130 project participants discussed the details of the cooperation, the work packages of the research clusters and established a project committee. Within ENSURE, 23 partners are working together - researchers as well as energy suppliers, network operators, technology companies and automation technicians. Core partners are ABB, Siemens, E.ON, TenneT, RWTH Aachen and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as coordinator.

November 2016: First Compact Plant Worldwide for Synthetic Fuels from Solar Energy and Carbon Dioxide extracted from Air to Start in Finland / KIT Spinoff INERATEC Supplies Key Component

Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air is the objective of the SOLETAIR project started now by INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, the partners plan to take into operation the first chemical pilot plant worldwide. It is so compact that it fits into a ship container and produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

Press Release 156/2016
EERA Battery Expert Workshop 2016
October 2016: EERA Battery Expert Workshop ‘Opportunities and challenges of batteries for energy storage in the EU’

The EERA workshop on opportunities and challenges of batteries for energy storage in the EU took place in Brussels on October 19, 2016. The main objective of the workshop was to stimulate an in-depth discussion on status and challenges of batteries for energy storage in relation to research, industrial, socio-economic and consumer aspects and to policy initiatives at European level, particularly (but not limited to) the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). The discussion covered issues related to the broad spectrum of battery applications, from e-mobility to residential storage and stationary applications.

The workshop gathered 27 participants from research, industry, consumer associations and the European Commission, with representatives of four Directorate Generals (the Joint Research Center, DG Energy, DG Research & Innovation and DG Environment). It was led and facilitated by the EERA Joint Programme (JP) on Energy StorageKIT representatives: Mathias Noe (ITEP and JP ES Coordinator), Myriam Elisa Gil Bardají (JP ES Manager) and Hans Seifert (IAM-AWP).

October 2016: Kick-off event for Kopernikus project "Power-to-X" at Forschungszentrum Jülich

At a launch event attended by Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Johanna Wanka, the large-scale Power-to-X project was launched on 13 October 2016. It is one of four Kopernikus projects for the transformation of the energy sector that have been selected for funding. RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and DECHEMA are coordinating the project, which is concerned with the storage and use of electrical energy from renewable sources by converting it into material energy carriers and chemical products. KIT and INERATEC are also involved as one of 38 partners.

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