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.

NEWS
The new KIT Graduate School „Enabling Net Zero“ (ENZo) is getting started!

We cordially invite all supervisors, doctoral researchers and master students of all faculties, who conduct energy research and who are keen on enabling a sustainable future energy system to attend this information event.

Wednesday, Dec 8th, 2021 at 4pm via Zoom.

Seize the opportunity to learn first-hand about the research topics, the qualification concept and how to become an active member of ENZo.
Afterwards, Alumi will share their insights into professional careers in energy engineering.

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Synthetic Fuels: Successful Coupled Operation of Container Plant System at KIT

Use of synthetic fuels can minimize greenhouse gas emissions of aircraft and heavy-duty transport in future. Thanks to a power-to-liquid plant built? set up? by INERATEC, which Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its spin-off operate together at Energy Lab 2.0, this appears to be within reach. The modular plant is accommodated in a container and planned to be produced in series by INERATEC.

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Refuels Are Suited for Wide Use

Refuels are renewable fuels that can be produced in different ways. When they are mixed and processed such that they meet the existing fuel standards, they are suited for all types of combustion engines. This is the result of the latest vehicle and fleet tests within the project “reFuels – Rethinking Fuels” at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Compared to fully fossil fuels, refuel mixes allow for a CO2 reduction by 25% at least. Moreover, refuels slightly improve the pollutant emissions.

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Renewable Energies: No Wind Turbine Disturbing the Scenery

In the Alpine foothills, in low mountain ranges, or on the seacoast, expansion of wind energy use often meets popular resistance. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and partners from Great Britain and Denmark have now studied what this means for the energy transition. In Patterns, they report that costs per kilowatt hour may rise by up to 7 cents and CO2 emissions may increase by up to 200 g.

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Sustainable Mining of Raw Materials from Thermal Springs in Chile

Lithium, cesium, or even gold – in addition to energy geothermal waters can contain mineral treasures. In the BrineMine research project, researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) want to leverage this potential and support sustainable mining in Chile. Together with their partners, they are developing strategies and methods for extracting mineral resources directly in geothermal power plants. Here, not only energy and minerals are to be extracted, but also drinking water. Important process steps have already been successfully tested in a demonstration plant.

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Quality Campaign for Better Batteries

Powerful, durable, and safe: these properties, combined with a low price, could soon secure batteries “Made in Germany” a place among the best in the world. This will be realized by including advanced approaches to quality assurance and analytics in production, which are now being developed and tested at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The activities in the AQua battery research cluster are carried out in close cooperation with research partners in the “Battery research factory” initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). 

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Biorefinery on the farm of the future

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Hohenheim are setting up a biorefinery farm. Their joint initiative is targeted at finding economic and sustainable technical solutions for the use of biogenic residues: Small biorefineries, located on farms, supply materials and energy carriers, close cycles locally, and contribute to the protection of nature and climate.

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