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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The Energy Lab at a Glance

Navigate through the interactive picture of the Energy Lab 2.0 to get more information about the laboratories (in German).

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Video about the Energy Lab 2.0

Research and aims of the Energy Lab 2.0 briefly explained. Watch our video on YouTube with English subtitles.

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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.

What's new? @ Energy Lab 2.0

Blick auf das Dach mit Solarpanels. Eingeblendet sind Puzzleteile mit den Piktogrammen zu den SEnSSiCC-Laboren PHIL, EGSAL, SESCL und CMVC, wo Forschung für die Energiewende betrieben wird.Christian Wetzel
Das SEnSSiCC im Video: Laborführung

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.

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Energy Lab 2.0 as Best Practice for Climate Protection

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.

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The Energy Lab 2.0 on German TV

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.

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