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EDRDecember 2020: Frequency Data for Stable Power Supply

In the renewable energies era, grid frequency will be an increasingly important indicator of stability of power supply. Under the direction of the Helmholtz Association, an interdisciplinary research consortium has analyzed frequency fluctuations in twelve synchronous grid areas on three continents. For data recording, scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a portable, GPS-synchronized recorder based on a new measurement technology. First results have now been published in Nature Communications. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-19732-7)

Press Release 107/2020
ES2050September 2020: Energy System 2050: Solutions for the Energy Transition

To contribute to global climate protection, Germany has to rapidly and comprehensively minimize the use of fossil energy sources and to transform the energy system accordingly. The Helmholtz Association’s research initiative “Energy System 2050” has studied how and by which means this can be achieved. One of the partners is Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). At the final conference in Berlin, scientists of the participating research centers presented their results.

Press Release 84/2020
Energy TransitionJuly 2020: Open Source for a Global “Energiewende”

Computer models are essential for achieving energy turnaround also known as “Energiewende”. Simulations can help in the planning of capacities for generating, transporting, and storing energy, taking into account dynamic parameters such as the weather and energy consumption. Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) had a crucial part in developing the corresponding modeling tools that the Helmholtz Association (HGF) has recently made available on an Internet platform – free of charge and open source. This Helmholtz Energy Computing Initiative (HECI) aims at facilitating the cooperation when implementing climate-protection measures in energy systems.

Press Release 62/2020
Dorothea WagnerJanuary 2020: Dorothea Wagner to Chair the Council of Science and Humanities

Computer scientist Dorothea Wagner, who conducts research and teaches at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will chair the Council of Science and Humanities, Germany’s most important advisory body in research policy. After her predecessor, agricultural economist Martina Brockmeier, and engineering scientist Dagmar Schipanski, Dorothea Wagner, professor and Head of KIT’s Institute of Theoretical Informatics, is the third woman in this post.

Press Release 10/2020
EnergieJanuar 2020: Neue Veranstaltungsreihe: ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.

Mit der neuen Veranstaltungsreihe „ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.“ am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) informiert das KIT-Zentrum Energie aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht über die Fortschritte und Herausforderungen bei der Energiewende sowie über die neuesten Erkenntnisse und Trends aus der Energieforschung. Die Reihe startet am Montag, 3. Februar 2020, um 18:00 Uhr mit einem Abend zum Thema Energiespeicher. Veranstaltungsort ist der Tulla-Hörsaal am Campus Süd des KIT (Geb. 11.40, Englerstraße 11). Alle interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger sind zu Austausch und Diskussion eingeladen.

3. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiespeicher – Elektrisch. Thermisch. Chemisch.

17. Februar 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Erneuerbare Energien – Sonne. Erde. Wind.

23. März 2020, 18:00 Uhr: Energiesystem – Entwicklungspfade. Technik. Märkte.

Press Release 05/2020
Energy Lab 2.0November 2019: Energy Lab building awarded by Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects

In the "Karlsruhe-Land 2013 - 2019" award procedure, the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Architects (AKBW) has awarded the 'Exemplary Building Karlsruhe' prize to the Energy Lab 2.0 building (Building 668 on Campus North). The architectural office is Behnisch Architekten from Stuttgart, the tender and site management was carried out by Wiesler Zwirlein Architekten GbR from Ostfildern-Kemnat.

The jury's reasoning is: 'The new building presents itself as a free-standing solitaire with a homogeneous, translucent polycarbonate shell that allows the building to shine mysteriously at dusk and supplies the interior with natural light evenly during the day. The soft daylight and the wood of the supporting structure create a surprisingly pleasant working atmosphere in the test hall and the offices. Simple glass walls separate the different room areas, resulting in a variety of visual relationships. The Energy Lab 2.0 is an innovative, attractive and high-quality place for research.'

StorageNovember 2019: Optimized Mass Storage Facilities for the Future Energy System


KIT Develops Low-cost Energy Storage Systems Suited for Series Production and Use in a Flexible Power Grid.
Two close-to-production mass storage facilities are now complementing the Energy Lab 2.0 of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The scientists are testing optimized control by a new lithium-ion storage system for short-term grid stabilization and a new redox-flow storage system for longer storage terms.

Press Release 155/2019
Thomas LeibfriedNovember 2019: Prof. Dr.-Ing.Thomas Leibfried elected to the board of the Smart Grids Platform Baden-Württemberg e.V.

Professor Thomas Leibfried was elected to the board of the Smart Grids Platform Baden-Württemberg with effect from 1.1.2020. The purpose of the association is to promote intelligent energy networks (Smart Grids infrastructure) and related innovative Smart Grids products and services in research, development and implementation with the long-term goal of largely CO2-free energy supply generation. The platform represents over 60 partners from companies, research institutions and associations as well as individuals. The association was founded in 2013 in Stuttgart, published the Smart Grids Roadmap Baden-Württemberg and has the overall goal to implement this roadmap comprehensively and area-wide in Baden-Württemberg.

P2XNovember 2019: Ceremonial commissioning of the Power-to-Liquid plant of the Kopernikus project "P2X"

On 6 November 2019, the Power-to-Liquid plant, which was built as part of the Kopernikus "P2X" project, will be ceremoniously commissioned. The festivities start at 10:00 a.m. at the IMVT on the north campus of KIT. A registration is required.

You can find more information about the event here in the information sheet.

WagnerSeptember 2019: Konrad Zuse Medal Goes to Computer Scientist of KIT

Dorothea Wagner’s research on automated route planning is applied daily all over the world. So far, the computer scientist of KIT has published more than 250 articles about algorithmics issues. The professor combines theoretical and practical approaches to optimize energy systems, among others. The Konrad Zuse Medal presented to Dorothea Wagner at the Annual Meeting of the German Informatics Society (GI) honors her as “an outstanding scientist, whose contributions to informatics research are at the leading edge worldwide.”

Press Release 127/2019
EWTSeptember 2019: Energiewendetage Baden-Württemberg 2019

this weekend, the Energiewendetage Baden-Württemberg will take place again. The KIT will present a variety of results and solutions from science, the Master Plan 2030 and the KIT energy concept. This year, the focus will be on the heat and mobility transformation.

The ESD Program will be represented by two institutes on September 22. The IIP with the project of a drone-mountes thermography for energetic district analysis and the ITAS with the project energy transformation in dialogue - from real-world lab to Karlsruhe's transformation center.

ES2050September 2019: Doctoral Seminar 2019 of the Helmholtz joint initiative Energy System 2050

Bringing researchers from different research disciplines together to support their work on solutions for the challenges of our future energy system is a central goal of the Helmholtz initiative ES2050. Supporting young scientists is another. This year’s ES2050 doctoral seminar focused on interactivity and interdisciplinarity but still left enough room for talks and poster presentations by the young scientists.

AE4HJuly 2019: AE4H Innovation Lab 2019

In the framework of the Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H) Initiative, launched by University of Waterloo (UoW) and KIT, this second Innovation Lab which was hosted by UoW from June 19-21, brings together experts and practitioners in the field of energy access for the purpose of developing new insights on the delivery of affordable energy services in regions with limited access to electricity. The objective of the lab is to identify how delivery of a range of specific energy services can help spur local economic development and social value creation. The some 50 participants, who were highly diverse in expertise, nationality, age and gender, discussed and assembled to produce a set of working papers that outline follow-up activities which advance off-grid energy innovation to support key end user needs/energy services, including: business services, agriculture, electric cooking, electric mobility, education and public health, clean water access, communication, heating and cooling. KIT contributed with a project on ‚Off-Grid Hybrid Systems (OHRES) for contrastive remote communities in Uganda and Canada‘ by Mohamed Elkadragy (ETI).
On the second day, a public event was held, featuring innovation lab participants discussing cleantech entrepreneurship in Africa. This event was also a part of the TrueNorth Festival, the largest annual gathering of tech leaders in Canada's technology triangle.

Real world labApril 2019: Real-world Labs Enhance Visibility

Together with Wuppertal Institute, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, and the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has established the “Netzwerk Reallabore der Nachhaltigkeit” (Network of Real-World Labs for Sustainability). The network understands itself as a platform of and for real-world labs that conduct research on sustainable development. The Network is open to be joined by other institutions.

Press Release 049/2019
SEKOApril 2019: KIT Tests Sector Coupling in Real-world Lab

Flexible interconnection of power, heat, and gas promises to make the future energy system more sustainable. This so-called sector coupling will now be tested under close-to-practice conditions at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Within the SEKO research project, a large-scale real-world laboratory including the corresponding properties and energy grids of KIT will be established. The new research infrastructure for sector coupling will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with more than EUR 6.5 million.

Press Release 051/2019
ENSUREFebruary 2019: Smart Grid: Intelligent control systems for distribution networks

As the energy revolution progresses, renewable energies and electromobility will be expanded at the same time. This creates fluctuations in the electrical distribution networks and necessitates new control solutions. In the Kopernikus project ENSURE, the KIT is researching new approaches to the optimal use of resources, more intelligent control of decentralised energy plants and predicting the potential for flexibility in the grid.

The aim of the research is to develop automatic control systems that take into account available energy resources as well as consumer behaviour and react to dynamic changes such as weather and market conditions. Due to their complexity, the resulting optimization problems cannot be solved by classical methods. However, new methods based on metaheuristics developed at the Institute for Automation and Applied Computer Science (IAI) at KIT are promising. "These are algorithms for the approximate solution of optimization problems," explains Clemens Düpmeier of IAI. "This enables us to achieve a good compromise between accuracy and the actual performance of the solution". Machine Learning will also be used in predicting the possible range of flexibility. Training artificial neural networks with large data sets on consumption and supply in distribution networks can also improve the accuracy of predictions.

ReFuelsJanuary 2019: Research Offensive on Regenerative Fuels

Presently, the share of fossil fuel-based private and heavy-duty traffic in total CO2 emission amounts to 20% in Germany and, hence, is a major factor in climate change. Synthetic fuels, by contrast, can also be produced from non-fossil carbon sources and can thus help protect the climate. Among the technologies considered for this purpose is direct conversion of CO2 and renewable hydrogen. Within the project “reFuels – Re-thinking Fuels,” KIT, together with partners of automotive, automotive supply, and mineral oil industries, will study the potentials of these fuels for society, industry, and the environment in a holistic approach. The project will be funded by the Baden-Württemberg state government.

Press Release 008/2019
Real world labNovember 2018: Real-world Lab Wins “Transformative Science” Research Prize

How can we live sustainably in urban districts? What should our cities look like in the future? To answer these questions, a team of researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) tests new ideas in Karlsruhe’s Oststadt district. The real-world lab “District Future – Urban Lab” is to make urban life more participative and more sustainable. Now, the project has won the “Transformative Science” research prize in the amount of EUR 25,000. As part of the Darmstadt “Transformation Days,” the award will be presented officially on January 16, 2019 by the Wuppertal Institute and the Zempelin Foundation.

Press Release 156/2018
EnergySeptember 2018: Conference “Energy Scenarios“

On the way towards a sustainable energy system, energy scenarios promise to provide orientation. On September 24 and 25, 2018, in Karlsruhe, international experts will discuss how their quality can be assessed and which role they play for society, economy, and politics. The conference will be hosted by the Helmholtz Research School on Energy Scenarios (ESS), a graduate school run jointly by six institutions and coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Press Release 109/2018
ACMJune 2018: Two awards for the KIT at the ACM e-Energy 2018

At the 9th ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy 2018), which took place in Karlsruhe from 12 to 15 June 2018 and dealt with topics in the field of energy informatics, two of the four awards went to scientists at the KIT:

The Audience Award Best Poster went to Alexander Murray, Timm Faulwasser and Veit Hagenmeyer from the KIT‐institute IAI with the poster "Assessment of a Multi‐Agent Mixed‐Integer Optimization Algorithm for Battery Scheduling".

The Audience Award Best Paper went to Lukas Barth, Veit Hagenmeyer, Nicole Ludwig and Dorothea Wagner from the KIT‐institutes IAI and ITI with the paper "How Much Demand Side Flexibility Do We Need? Analyzing where to Exploit Flexibility in Industrial Processes".

Energy TransitionJune 2018: Exchanging knowledge for the energy transformation

With the aim of making the transformation of the German energy system  comprehensible to the public in a new way and at the same time developing new approaches to participation, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) kicks off the “Energy Transformation in Dialogue” project in June. Scheduled to run for four years and sponsored by the Helmholtz Association using special funds, the project is set to be stabilized from 2020 under the umbrella of the emerging “Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainable Futures”.

Press Release 067/2018
TABJune 2018: Bundestag continues to put its trust in KIT

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) have been commissioned again to run the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) for the next five years. This was decided unanimously by the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag.

Press Release 070/2018
GridMay 2018: Live and Precise Recording of Grid Voltage and Load Currents

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a novel monitoring and analysis tool for electrical power grids: The EDR – Electrical Data Recorder continuously scans grid voltage and load currents with high precision and high resolution. While power generation from renewable sources by decentralized producers is increasing, the EDR will provide deeper insight into real systems processes in the future. The data measured will enhance the quality of simulations and enable reliable control of future smart grids.

Press Release 047/2018
ES2050May 2018: Model of the European Power Grid within the Helmholtz Initiative Energy System 2050

Energy System 2050” is a joint initiative of the research field energy of the Helmholtz Association. Running until 2019, it is aiming at improving the concrete understanding of energy systems and at developing technological solutions for use by politics and industry.
During the first two years, a software and hardware toolbox was designed and implemented to model, simulate and analyze power grids. The available network models include all areas of network structures and voltage levels. Submodels include examples of distribution grids (KIT Campus Nord, or the entire supply network of the city of Karlsruhe, with voltage levels 400 volts, 20 kV to 110 kV) or transmission grids (Germany network with voltage levels 110-380 kV and HVDC grids, interconnected grids Europe, up to 750 kV). The grid models also include regionalized (conventional) power plants and renewable energy plants (wind, PV, bio) and load models, as well as weather data archives. In the next step, these models and tools will be used to study, develop and optimize the future energy system as part of the energy transition.

BrownApril 2018: New Helmholtz Young Investigator Group on Future Energy System Design

From 1st April 2018 Dr. Tom Brown will lead a new Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at the Institute of Automation and Applied Informatics (IAI) with the topic “New Methodologies to Master Complexity in Energy System Optimisations”. His group will focus on future pathways for the energy system that reduce carbon dioxide emissions not just in electricity generation, but also in other energy-consuming sectors such as transport, heating and industry. While decarbonising these sectors may lead to much higher electricity demand and therefore stress on grid infrastructure, it also offers flexibility in the form of demand-side management and new, cheap storage options. Modelling these different interdependencies while maintaining model detail is an extreme computational challenge. Dr Brown’s group will develop new methodologies to tackle this complexity and therefore provide the best possible policy guidance for the energy transition. Dr. Brown comes to KIT from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, where he led research to investigate the grid integration of renewable energy.

BMSApril 2018: Redox Flow Battery: Storage System for the Energy Transition

KIT Researchers Expect Breakthrough of Flow Technology and Present an Automatic Battery Management System.

The redox flow battery might be a key component in the future power grids: It can be scaled as desired, recycled, and it ensures stable energy storage. Moreover, no scarce resources are needed for its production. So far, however, adaptation of the batteries to each application scenario has been required. In future, this will be accomplished by a novel battery management system developed by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Press Release 039/2018
LLECMarch 2018: Living Lab Energy Campus officially started

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions drastically, increasing energy efficiency as quickly as possible, and implementing the switch to renewable energies - these are the goals of the energy transition. At the same time, it is important to keep the electricity price affordable for business and consumers. The project "Living Lab Energy Campus" (LLEC) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich wants to find solutions to these ambitious tasks, to which State Secretary of Research Thomas Rachel, NRW State Secretary Annette Storsberg and representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics today launched. With the LLEC, the Jülich research campus is to become a real laboratory for the energy transition, in which the latest scientific findings will be tested for their effectiveness and suitability for everyday use. The LLEC will be interlinked with the Energy Lab 2.0 at KIT.

Press Release FZJ
HeraeusFebruary 2018: 661. Heraeus Seminar on Nonlinear Dynamics, Optimization and Control of Distributed Energy Systems

In late January 2018, young researchers and renown international speakers gathered in the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany, to discuss research trends on "Nonlinear Dynamics, Optimization and Control of Distributed Energy Systems" during the 661. Heraeus Seminar funded by the Wilhelm-und-Else Heraeus Stiftung. Besides leading experts form academia and research institutions, the list of invited speakers included representatives from major industrial companies such as ABB AG and Siemens AG as well as key experts from the German transmission and distribution system operators TransnetBW GmbH and Westnetz GmbH. Young scientists enjoyed their opportunity to hold a short talk or present their work at the poster sessions. The stimulating and contemplative atmosphere of the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef fostered inspiring scientific discussion among the participating Phd students, young postdocs and the speakers. The seminar was organized by Prof. Joachim Knebel, Dr. Timm Faulwasser (both KIT) and Dr. Martin Robinius, Jun-Prof. Dirk Witthaut (both Forschungszentrum Jülich).

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grid-controlNovember 2017: Energy Transition: Project "Grid Control"

Smart grids contribute significantly to the success of the energy transition. In future, the distribution grids will not only absorb renewable energies, but will also integrate new components such as charging stations for electric cars, battery storage and smart home solutions. The intelligent coordination of the various systems with roll-fair system solutions is the focus of a field test in Freiamt (Baden-Württemberg), realised by KIT and its partners in the project "grid-control". Nationwide, grid-control is the first project that takes into account all areas of the value added chain from generation to the end user.

MIcroGridOctober 2017: Practical Test for the Future Energy Market

Can intelligent market structures push the energy transition? Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with the technology company “LO3 Energy” and the local utility company “EnergieSüdwest AG,” has now started the “Landau Microgrid Project” (LAMP), a rather uncommon field test: Selected private households will test decentralized electricity trading as a model of the future energy market.

Press Release 155/2017
SmILESAugust 2017: Energy Transistion: Energy Network Experts Pool Know How

Storage of renewable energies and smart integration of storage devices in decentralized grid systems are decisive factors for future stable energy supply. Under coordination of KIT, the SmILES project pools know-how in simulation, optimization, and use of such infrastructures throughout Europe. The objectives are building a platform to exchange data and best practices about the integration of heterogeneous energy resources and their storage technologies, and strengthening combined European research.

Press Release 114/2017
Big DataJuly 2017: Big Data Helps with Climate-friendly Power Supply

Detailed weather forecasts and consumption data are indispensable for a resource-conserving power supply. Network operators and scientists of the Helmholtz Association work together on an intelligent network that can handle the enormous amounts of data. As part of the Helmholtz initiative Energy System 2050, techniques are being developed for efficiently collecting and processing consumption data and, for example, making it available to network operators.

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Energy Lab 2.0June 2017: Turning the First Sod for the Energy Lab 2.0

The energy of the future will be based on the flexible coupling of electric current, heat and cold, gas and fuels, forming an intelligent overall energy system whose components are interlinked by IT technology. The required technologies will be developed by KIT and its partners in the Energy Lab 2.0 project funded by the German Federal Government and the State of Baden-Württemberg with around EUR 22 million. Now, ground-breaking took place for the construction of the first building and lab complex of this project which is supposed to span 20 years.

Press Release 77/2017
131June 2017: Research for Sustainable Life in the Heart of the City

Making life in the Oststadt quarter more ecologically efficient and socially fair and enhancing its economic and cultural sustainability – these are the goals of the “Urban Transition Lab 131” project conducted by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in cooperation with the quarter’s citizens. The researchers have set up this lab in the Karlsruhe Oststadt quarter to investigate possibilities to reduce CO2 emissions, save resources, strengthen neighborhood relations, or improve the health situation of the quarter’s inhabitants. Now, the project was honored twice by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE).

Press Release 076/2017
ITASMay 2017: Kick-off for ENRES course of lectures

Promoting and interconnecting PhD theses on the supply of resources and energy is the aim of a joint course of lectures by ITAS and the Universities Stuttgart and Pforzheim. Now the PhD students officially started their work.

ESIApril 2017: Kick-off meeting of Helmholtz Key Future Research Topic “Energy Systems Integration”

The researcher of the future initiative “Energy Systems Integration (ESI)” came together for the kick-off Meeting on 24th April in Frankfurt. The coordinator Veit Hagenmeyer (KIT) welcomed the 30 participants of the seven participating centers.The project partners are KIT, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), and the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ).

Energy systems integration addresses those aspects of the energy system that make all individual components form a whole, i.e. all physical and IT-based interconnections as well as their structures and functions. The project comprises three work packages: The first package covers coupling of power, gas, and heat networks as well as materials flows with IT infrastructures in sustainable, multi-modal energy systems. The second work package focuses on possibilities of flexibilizing processes in energy-intensive industries, such as metal processing, cement processing, and petrochemical industries. The third work package deals with market and regulatory issues of future energy supply that will be based primarily on regenerative sources and centralized-decentralized infrastructures and whose demand will be highly flexible. 

Press Release 034/2017
RegEnKiBoMay 2017: A Short Video for the Explanation of the Project RegEnKibo

For the research project RegEnKibo (Regionalisation of energy supply on the distribution grid level using the model location Kirchheimbolanden) a short explanation video is avalable. In this project researchers of the KIT-Institutes IEH, IRS and EBI are involved.

C/sellsDecember 2016: KIT to Participate in the Smart Energy Supply Showcase

Cellular, interconnected, participative, sustainable, and comfortable: These are the attributes of future smart energy supply. The partners of the C/sells project, among them Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), want to lay the foundation for this to happen. Now, State Secretary Rainer Baake from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) handed over the grant approval to the about 50 partners from industry, the energy sector, and science. In the next four years, numerous partial projects of C/sells are planned to be funded with about EUR 100 million.

Press Release 171/2016
ES2050June 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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ENSUREApril 2016:ENSURE Is to Condition Grids for the Energy Turnaround

ENSURE consortium is one of four “Kopernikus Projects for the Energy Turnaround” of the Federal Government. The consortium is led by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), core partners are RWTH Aachen, the utility company E.ON, network operator TENNET TSO, and the technology corporations of Siemens and ABB. Another 15 partners have joined the consortium. Work is aimed at developing and testing efficient and viable grid structures combining centralized and decentralized energy supply.

Press Release 49/2016
Energy TransMarch 2016: The Energy System from the User’s Perspective

Private households become electricity producers, integration of renewable energy sources needs new organization principles, landscapes change: The energiewende entails complex changes for the society. The challenges from the citizen’s and user’s perspective were in the focus of the ENERGY-TRANS Helmholtz Alliance coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the past five years. Among others, the researchers found that early and competently implemented citizen participation processes contribute significantly to acceptance of e.g. new infrastructure projects. The Alliance presented its results at the final meeting in Berlin and formulated recommendations to politics.  

Press Release 037/2016
DFGNovember 2015: The German Research Foundation Funds New Research Training Group on Energy Informatics at KIT

Extension of futureproof energy systems is one of the major challenges faced by society in the next decades. These energy systems will have to be able to flexibly cope with different inputs from renewable energy sources and fluctuating demands. For this purpose, complex computerized solutions will be required. Within the framework of a new research training group funded by DFG, young researchers of KIT will develop methods to evaluate data from complex energy supply systems and identify optimization options. The research training group Energy Status Data will start on May 01, 2016.

Press Release 134/2015
KITAugust 2015: Regional Generation, Use, and Storage of Power

As a result of the energy turnaround, a large fluctuating amount of renewable energy will be fed decentrally into the power grid. Ideally, it should be used and stored locally to make the extension of the long-distance transmission grid unnecessary. This requires new concepts for power use, conversion, and storage on a local level in cities and municipalities. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now cooperates with partners in the RegEnKibo project to develop smart grid technology and infrastructure for future regional energy supply. The project in the model city of Kirchheimbolanden is now funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) with EUR 2.2 million for a period of three years.

Press Release 101/2015
Energy Lab 2.0October 2014: Energy Lab 2.0 - New Research Facility Links Producers with Storage Systems and Consumers

The Energy Lab 2.0 at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a smart platform to analyze the interaction of components of future energy systems. Today, the project associated with an investment of EUR 22 million was started officially. The Energy Lab 2.0 aims at an acceleration of the Energiewende and in particular the integration of renewable energies in electricity production. It can be used to test closely to reality new approaches to stabilizing power grids. The platform pools electric, thermal, and chemical energy flows as well as new information and communciation technologies. Project partners are the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), both members of the Helmholtz Association. The Energy Lab 2.0 is financed by the Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Press Release 139/2014