Press Release 24/2008

Research for Sustainable Energy Supply

KIT Energy Center Presents Itself – The Exhibition ”KIT at the City Hall” follows “University at the City Hall”
Energy conversion – one of seven topics covered by the KIT Energy Center (photo by: Andrea Fabry)

In the near future, more than 7 billion people will need reliable energy supply – this challenge is faced by the KIT Energy Center. Its research covers seven topics, energy conversion, renewable energies, energy storage and distribution, efficient energy use, fusion technology, nuclear power and safety as well as energy systems analysis. With 1100 employees, the KIT Energy Center is one of the largest institutions active in energy research in Europe.

Following a general introduction to the structure, contents, and objectives of the KIT, the scientists from the KIT Energy Center will present their topics. The lord mayor of the city of Karlsruhe, Heinz Fenrich, and members of the KIT Executive Board, Professor Horst Hippler and Professor Eberhard Umbach, cordially invite the citizens of Karlsruhe to come to the city hall. In particular, pupils interested in studies in this field will be welcome. Following the presentations, a reception will provide opportunities for discussion and a look at the posters.

From June 02 –06, an exhibition will be organized by the KIT and the KIT Energy Center in the upper entrance hall of the city hall. The series of events of “University at the City Hall” with the faculties of the university having presented themselves since the 2002 summer semester is now followed by the series of “KIT at the City Hall”.


Welcome Address
Heinz Fenrich, lord mayor of the city of Karlsruhe

KIT – A Model for the Future
Professor Dr. Eberhard Umbach, chairman of the Executive Board of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, KIT Executive Board

The KIT Energy Center Presents Itself
Professor Dr. Hans-Jörg Bauer, Institute for Thermal Flow Machines, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), spokesman of the KIT Energy Center

High-temperature Superconductors on Their Way Towards Application
Dr. Wilfried Goldacker, head of the Superconducting Materials and Energy Technology Applications Division, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Topic 3 “Energy Storage and Distribution“ of the KIT Energy Center

Optimization of Buildings in Terms of Energy Technology
Professor Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Wagner, Construction Physics and Technical Constructions, Faculty of Architecture, Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Topic 4 “Efficient Energy Use“ of the KIT Energy Center

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, member of the Helmholtz Association, and the Universität Karlsruhe. This merger will give rise to an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. In total, the KIT has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros. The KIT focuses on the knowledge triangle of research – teaching – innovation.

The Karlsruhe institution is a leading European energy research center and plays a visible role in nanosciences worldwide. KIT sets new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists and attracts top scientists from all over the world. Moreover, KIT is a leading cooperation partner of industry.

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Dr. Elisabeth Zuber-Knost
Press Officer
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Phone: +49 721/608-2089
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Monika Landgraf
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