KIT Energy Center

KIT Energy Center

Welcome to the KIT Energy Center

The KIT Energy Center with its 1800 scientists and technical support staff is one of the largest energy research centers in Europe. It bundels the energy research activities of the KIT and reknown cooperation partners. By this, it crosses the lines between disciplines and combines fundamental and applied research in all relevant energies for industry, household, service and mobility.

The involved institutes and research groups conduct the research work on their own authority. The joining of subjects, the interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists, and the common use of high-end devices and installations, develops a new quality of research and teaching. The KIT Energy Center develops solutions in energy technology from a single source and acts as a highly valuable consultancy institution for politics, business, and society in all questions of energy.

The working areas of the KIT Energy Center are structured in seven topics.

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Hannover Messe 2021
Hannover Messe 2021

The world's smallest transistor and climate-neutral synthetic fuels. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present these and other research and innovation topics at Hannover Messe 2021. At the digital event from April 12 to 16, KIT will present selected highlights at the virtual booths "Future Hub" and "Energy Solutions". An overview of the "Energy Solutions" will be provided by the live stream on April 14 from 10:30 to 10:55.

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Perovskite layers precisely illuminated
Perovskite layers precisely illuminated

Perovskite semiconductors are considered promising materials for next-generation solar cells. How suitable a semiconductor is for use in photovoltaics can be determined, among other things, by the so-called photoluminescence quantum yield. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a new model with which the photoluminescence quantum yield of perovskite layers can be precisely determined for the first time.

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Sustainable and safe batteriesLaila Tkotz, KIT
Sustainable and safe batteries: Life cycle research

Recycling and optimized raw material cycles, secondary use, and a knowledge-based cell design should make lithium-ion batteries more sustainable and safer in the future. Scientists from process engineering and materials science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are laying the foundations for this with joint research on the battery life cycle. The new research projects are part of the new battery research clusters "greenBatt" and "BattUse" created by the BMBF.

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Energy Harvesting: Printed Thermoelectric Generators for Power Generation

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) convert ambient heat into electrical power. They enable maintenance-free, environmentally friendly, and autonomous power supply of the continuously growing number of sensors and devices for the Internet of Things and recovery of waste heat. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed three-dimensional component architectures based on novel, printable thermoelectric materials. This might be a milestone on the way towards use of inexpensive TEGs. 

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Thermomagnetic Generators Convert Waste Heat into Electrical Power Even at Small Temperature Differences

Use of waste heat contributes largely to sustainable energy supply. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Tōhoku University in Japan have now come much closer to their goal of converting waste heat into electrical power at small temperature differences. As reported in Joule, electrical power per footprint of thermomagnetic generators based on Heusler alloy films has been increased by a factor of 3.4.

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