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.

reFuels für den breiten Einsatz geeignet

reFuels umfassen erneuerbare Kraftstoffe, die über unterschiedliche Wege hergestellt werden können. Wenn diese so gemischt und aufbereitet werden, dass sie die bestehenden Kraftstoffnormen erfüllen, können damit alle verbrennungsmotorischen Anwendungen bedient werden. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommen aktuelle Fahrzeug- und Flottentests im Projekt „reFuels – Kraftstoffe neu denken“ am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Im Vergleich zu rein fossilen Kraftstoffen ermöglichen die reFuels-Kraftstoffgemische eine mindestens 25-prozentige CO2-Reduktion. Zusätzlich bieten sie leichte Vorteile bei den Schadstoffemissionen.

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Erneuerbare Energien: Bergpanorama mit Windrad unerwünscht

Ob Alpenvorland, Mittelgebirge oder Meeresküste – in den schönsten Landschaften Deutschlands stößt der Windkraftausbau häufig auf Ablehnung. Was genau das für die Energiewende bedeutet, das haben Forschende des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT) gemeinsam mit Partnern aus Großbritannien und Dänemark untersucht. In der Fachzeitschrift Patterns rechnen sie vor, dass die Kosten für eine Kilowattstunde um bis zu sieben Cent sowie die CO2-Emissionen um bis zu 200 Gramm steigen könnten.

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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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