Welcome to the Energy Lab 2.0
The energy transition raises many questions: How can energy be generated in an environmentally friendly way and stored efficiently? What happens when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow? And what happens if more electricity is suddenly needed? To answer these questions, the Energy Lab 2.0 researches the intelligent interaction of various options to generate, store and supply energy.
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Research for the Energy Transition
By 2045, climate neutrality is to be achieved. Meanwhile – by 2030 – greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by at least 65% compared with 1990.
However, wind or solar energy cannot be generated consistently everywhere. Energy is often needed far away from where it is generated, and peak loads can be expected at certain times.
This dilemma must therefore be solved because affordable and environmentally compatible energy should no longer remain a utopia.
As Europe's largest research infrastructure for renewable energy, the Energy Lab 2.0 finds answers to all these questions. Here, the intelligent networking of environmentally friendly energy generators and storage methods are investigated. In addition, energy systems of the future are simulated and tested based on real consumer data.
A plant network links electrical, thermal and chemical energy flows as well as new information and communication technologies. The research aims at improving the transport, distribution, storage and use of electricity and thus create the basis for the energy transition.
Then Energy Lab 2.0 is a cooperative project of the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Helmholtz Centres Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK).
Was passiert eigentlich hinter den Mauern des SEnSSiCC-Gebäudes? Was machen die Forschenden für die Energiewende?
In diesem Video sehen Sie, was geforscht wird und wie diese Forschungsthemen miteineinander zusammenhängen.
In4climateNRW presents three innovative research projects on CO2 reduction in this video. From minute 2:33, the Energy Lab 2.0 is presented as a best practice example for energy transition research and climate protection. Prof. Dr Dittmeyer leads through the Energy Lab 2.0 and introduces the Power-to-X plants, in which e-fuels are produced. He explains the cycle. CO2 is extracted from the air and converted in several steps into synthetic fuel and, thus, the KIT research contributes to the transport transition.Watch the in4-climate video on YouTube
Corona changed traffic, showing how the transportation of people and goods negatively impacts our planet.
This documentary from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk shows both the Corona impact on traffic and possible solutions to the traffic dilemma. One approach for the traffic transition can be e-fuels, as they are produced and optimized in the Energy Lab. Starting at minute 29:40, the Energy Lab contribution is shown.