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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).


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August 2016: KIT participates as partner in the spin-off INERATEC established by SCI-Researchers

Innovation is one of the three core tasks of the KIT besides science and research. The transfer of technology from basic research towards forward-looking products is therefore supported with appropriate tools. Now, KIT has been involved as a partner in spinoff INERATEC GmbH. Thus, KIT promotes an innovative company which could revolutionize chemical process engineering and contributes to the success of the energy transition in the chemical energy storage field.

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August 2016: Three EU-Projects were approved

The EU-Projects “Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximizing the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix” (SmILES), “Integrated Energy System – A Pathway for Europe” (IntEnSys4EU) and “Cost effective FCL using advanced superconducting tapes for future HVDC grids” (FASTGRID) will started in 2017.

ES 2050 conference Cologne
June 2016: Helmholtz Joint Initiative 'Energy System 2050' delivers first results

Exciting research questions and cross-program, systemic solutions to future energy supply were discussed by Helmholtz researchers at the first large meeting of the Helmholtz joint initiative "Energy System 2050" on 19 and 20 May 2016 in Cologne. Around 75 researchers from eight Helmholtz centers (DLR, FZJ, GFZ, HZB, HZDR, IPP, KIT and UFZ) attended, including many young scientists, PhD students and postdocs.

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June 2016: 5th Annual Convention of the KIT Energy Center

The focus was on the "look to the future" and the awarding of the Heinrich Hertz Prize to Hartmut Schmeck (AIFB). The award recognizes in particular the contributions of H. Schmeck to the development and application of innovative information and communication technologies in intelligent energy management systems.

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May 2016: New lecture as webinar

In the framework of the cooperation activities of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the University of Waterloo, Canada a first webinar on “Operation & Control of Future Integrated Energy Systems” is held in 2016 starting on May 5th.

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April 2016: DFG Graduate School

The DFG Graduate School on "Energy Status Data - Informatic Methods for its Collection, Analysis and Exploitation" starts with the particpation of SCI experts.

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