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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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Dr. Aarti Singh
Coordination EU-Project FASTGRID
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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:





Februaury 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.

January 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€.

SmILES kick-off meeting
January 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€.

December 2016: Demonstration project C/sells starts within the scope of the SINTEG program (shop window for intelligent energy supply) of the BMWi.

Cellular, cross-linked, participatory, sustainable and comfortable: these are the attributes of an intelligent energy supply for the future. The partners in the large project C/sells, among them the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), want to lay the foundations for this to happen. State Secretary Rainer Baake of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has handed over the license to some 50 partners from industry, energy industry and science. Over the next four years, some € 100 million will be invested in numerous sub-projects of C/sells.

Press Release 171/2016
Energy Transition
November 2016: First Results of the “Karlsruhe Energy Research Partnership”/Four Partners from Karlsruhe Pool Their Complementary Expertise for the Energy Transition

Grids, storage systems, mobility, and data: The challenges associated with the energy transition require innovative solutions considering the different perspectives of society. In Karlsruhe, four partners with complementary competencies established the “Forschungspartnerschaft Karlsruhe Energie” (Karlsruhe Energy Research Partnership): Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe
Netzservice, and the DVGW Test Laboratory of KIT’s Engler-Bunte Institute. After two years of joint work, they have now presented first results at a status colloquium.

Press Release 160/2016
November 2016: DFG Funds New SiMET Research Training Group at KIT – Doctoral Researchers Study Mechanical, Electrical, and Thermal Effects from the Particle to the Cell

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided to fund a new research training group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): “SiMET – Simulation of Mechanical, Electrical, and Thermal Processes in Lithium-ion Batteries” will start in 2017 and be funded initially for four and a half years. Within the research training group, doctoral researchers of several scientific disciplines will work on models to simulate, among others, the effect of different internal structures on the behavior of bat-teries in operation.

Press Release 157/2016