Press Release 009/2017

KIT Joins German Renewable Energy Research Association

Joint Research for Renewables, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, and Optimized Technical and Socio-economic Interaction of All System Components
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Technologies, such as the solar power storage park (front) and the bioliq biomass pilot plant (back) are being developed by KIT. (Photo: KIT)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has joined the German Renewable Energy Research Association (FVEE) and will contribute its disciplinary and interdisciplinary research competencies in particular in the areas of renewable energies, energy storage, and energy systems analysis.


“KIT possesses vast competence for the solution of challenges facing the society in many sectors and at their interfaces with each other and with society,” says Professor Holger Hanselka, President of KIT and Research Field Coordinator Energy of the Helmholtz Association. “Together with our partners in the FVEE, we want to develop holistic solutions and viable concepts for the energy transition.”


“To increasingly cover energy demand of a modern industrial society with renewables, a variety of technological approaches and smart networking are required,” says Professor Thomas Wetzel, Spokesman of the Renewable Energies topic in the KIT Energy Center and Member of the Board of the Institute of Thermal Process Engineering of KIT. Together with Hanselka, he will represent KIT in the Board of Directors of the Renewable Energy Research Association. “Energy researchers of KIT look forward to conducting joint research and making innovations for a sustainable energy system together with the FVEE partners.”


The spokesperson of the Renewable Energy Research Association, Bernhard Milow of the German Aerospace Center, welcomes KIT’s decision: “KIT is a strong actor in the German energy research community and conducts excellent, comprehensive research in a large range of areas. Many members of FVEE have already been cooperating with KIT for a long time. I am very pleased that the Renewable Energy Research Association will now have direct access to KIT’s expertise.”


Energy research at KIT combines fundamental and applied research into all relevant types of energy for industry, households, services, and mobility. This also holds for renewables: Solar and wind energy, bioenergy, and geothermal energy, integration of these energy sources into the future energy system, connection with storage systems, grids, and mobility solutions are subjects of KIT’s holistic research. Competencies in engineering and science, but also in economics, the humanities and social sciences as well as law are pooled for research that also considers the societal side of innovative energy technologies.


The German Renewable Energy Research Association

The German Renewable Energy Research Association represents a nation-wide cooperation structure of institutes conducting research and developing technologies for renewables, energy efficiency, energy storage, as well as optimized technical and socioeconomic interaction of all system components. The FVEE aims to make the energy supply system sustainable.


More about the KIT Energy Center:


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

kes, 30.01.2017


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