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An international team of researchers, led by JARA-ENEGRY scientist Prof. Walter Leitner, has been able to publish results on a rationally designed catalyst that is fully reversible and adapts in real time to changes in the reaction system. In this way, the system enables the selective generation of different products depending on the hydrogen source.

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The Grants Committee of the German Research Foundation has extended the funding for the Collaborative Research Center/Transregio "Oxyflame - Development of Methods and Models to Describe the Reaction of Solid Fuels in an Oxyfuel Atmosphere" for a third funding period of four years. Spokesperson of the SFB 129 is JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Reinhold Kneer.

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For the sixth time, the "JARA-ENERGY Talks" event took place on April 28. On this occasion, Dr. Shuli Goodman of LF Energy spoke to more than 100 international participants about the need to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate the realization of the energy transition. Novel approaches such as the use of open-source solutions as well as the handling of the resulting amount of data were addressed.

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With the German-Canadian Materials Acceleration Centre (GC-MAC), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Canadian government are creating a joint platform for the rapid development of climate-neutral energy technologies. Its objective is to achieve technological advances in particular in hydrogen production as well as CO2-neutral fuels and energy storage. The coordinator for Germany is JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Michael Eikerling, head of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-13) at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

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In her presentation, Shuli Goodman talks about the need to accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions and the realization of the energy transition.
Approximately 75 percent of our global carbon emissions can be mitigated through the electrification of energy and transportation. By adopting an open source strategy that maximizes flexibility, agility, and interoperability, we can learn to adapt innovation to the pace of technology development.

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The Committee of the European Ceramic Society (ECERS) unanimously elected JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Olivier Guillon, Director of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Materials Synthesis and Manufacturing Processes (IEK-1) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, as this year's Fellow. Guillon was elected at the ECERS meeting on February 17, 2021.

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RWTH Aachen University awarded the "IntSpire" prize for the first time this year. The Institute of General Mechanics, led by JARA-ENERGY member Professor Bernd Markert, prevailed against 30 other nominees. The prize honors employees, students, chairs, institutes, or institutions of the university that have especially fostered an international culture at RWTH.

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The world's largest plant for storing green hydrogen in liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) on an industrial scale is being built at CHEMPARK Dormagen. North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting the project with a total of 9 million euros. LOHC Industrial Solutions NRW GmbH, a subsidiary of the Erlangen-based company Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, is responsible for project management and plant operation. Another industrial partner is Covestro Deutschland AG.

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The JARA-ENERGY Talks took place for the fifth time on 04 November 2020. Taking account of the global situation, the event was organized in an online format for the first time. Around 140 participants followed the presentations of Prof. Andreas Löschel, University of Münster and Chairman of the Expert Commission "Energy of the Future" of the German Federal Government, who gave a review of the energy transition.

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The energy revolution is a tremendous task that the countries of the world can only face together. A group of experts consisting of 22 scientists and five scientific officers has now prepared an ad hoc statement on the subject for the Federal Government. In this statement, the experts summarise the measures that are essential to achieve the climate targets. Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, one of the JARA-ENERGY directors, was also part of this group.

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The regulatory sandbox "TransUrban.NRW" was launched on the first of May. The project is part of the regulatory sandboxes for energy transition, which were put out to tender by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy last year. Under the direction of E.ON Energy Solution GmbH, three JARA-ENERGY members are involved: Prof. Dirk Müller, Prof. Antonello Monti and Junior Professor Aaron Praktiknjo. The aim of the laboratory is to put energy system transformation innovations into practice.

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It is undisputed that energy from fossil fuels must be rapidly replaced by volatile, green energies. Above all, a phase-out of coal energy is necessary to achieve the climate targets. Nuclear energy has also been obsolete for a long time because of its unpredictability. A study by JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Aaron Praktiknjo now shows the effects of the nuclear and coal energy phase-out on the energy supply.

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During the "RWTH Transparent" event, Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer, Director of the JARA section ENERGY, received the teaching award of RWTH Aachen University in the category " Instructor of the Year". Thanks to his innovative and inspiring teaching practices, Sauer is particularly successful in enthusing beginning students and easing their transition to university study. Students praise, for example, his incorporation of digital teaching tools such as explanatory videos as well as online lectures tutorials.

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On November 8th, 2019, this year' s "Career Day" will take place at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The event is aimed at doctoral students and postdocs. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., participants will have the chance to learn more about career paths and options in science. One of the speakers is JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Egbert Figgemeier.

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„Wie die Energiewende gelingt – Forschung und Innovation als Motor für gesellschaftlichen Wandel“ is the title of the fourth JARA-ENERGY Talks. On this occasion, Andreas Feicht, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, will speak on the topic: "How to succeed in the energy system transformation - research and innovation as a motor for social change".

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The German Chemical Society (GDCh) is organizing the Society's seventh Science Forum on Chemistry. Experts from business, science, education and politics will meet this year in Aachen under the title "Chemistry - the common element". Several scientists from the JARA sections ENERGY, FIT and SOFT will participate in the different sessions with interesting lectures.

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Modern materials are often exposed to extraordinary loads. In order to achieve the best results in their field of application, they must combine a wide variety of characteristics.  For example, metals used in an aircraft engine must be highly stable and heat-resistant at the same time as being easy to shape. MAX-phase materials combine these and other qualities. In order to be able to use MAX phases industrially, scientists of the team around JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Olivier Guillon have developed a new manufacturing process.

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The harmful emissions released from energy production in Southeast Asia have an impact on the regional and global climate. The Asian monsoon has an impact on the spatial redistribution of emissions. The Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Stratosphere, headed by JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Martin Riese, is investigating these effects in cooperation with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) in Beijing and the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

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For the 33rd time, the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich are jointly organizing the Umbrella Symposium to exchange information on the state of the art in current research and to strengthen cooperation.
The symposium will take place from 27 to 29 May 2019 in the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

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Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University of Münster have presented a new solid-state battery featuring an anode made of pure lithium. Lithium is considered an ideal electrode material which can help achieve extremely high energy densities. The metal is very reactive, which previously precluded its use as an anode material. This has now been made possible by means of two additional layers of a novel polymer. With Prof. Rüdiger A. Eichel and Prof. Florian Hausen, two JARA-ENERGY members are significantly involved in the investigations.

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At the Institute for Combustion Technology at RWTH Aachen University, headed by JARA-ENERGY Member Prof. Heinz Pitsch, one major research objective deals with the challenges of hydrogen combustion in the context of sustainable energy concepts. Hydrogen represents a promising fuel, which combines a feasible and well understood production process with clean combustion. However, before hydrogen combustion becomes fully applicable in actual engines, a deeper understanding of its combustion behavior is required.

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There are currently great hopes for solid-state batteries. They contain no liquid parts that could leak or catch fire For this reason, they do not require cooling and are considered to be much safer, more reliable, and longer lasting than traditional lithium-ion batteries. Scientists at the Institute of JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Rüdiger A. Eichel have now presented a new concept that allows ten times higher currents during charging and discharging than previously expected. The improvement was achieved by a "clever" choice of materials. All components were made from phosphate compounds, which are well matched both chemically and mechanically.

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At the invitation of the Energy Studies Institute, Professor Aaron Praktiknjo was teaching and researching as visiting professor at the renowned National University of Singapore in summer 2018. In collaboration with the team at the Energy Studies Institute, Professor Praktiknjo is researching factors which are relevant for the reduction of energy poverty and possibilities to implement such factors into energy markets.

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For the second time, the Central Library of the Research Centre Jülich was transformed into the centre of the energy transition. Under the title „FORSCHEN:GESELLSCHAFT:ZUKUNFT“ top-class scientists and representatives from industry and associations reported on the status of energy transformation. The focus was on hydrogen as an important component of sector coupling.

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The increased use of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, raises the importance of energy conversion and storage. Candidates offering a high energy conversion efficiency and excellent fuel flexibility are solid oxide electrolysis cells and fuel cells. The working group of JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Manfred Martin researches in this field and focuses on the investigation of doped ceria.

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Manufacturing processes in industry are subject to various challenges. The manufactured parts are not only to be produced without defects, but the process itself should also not be expensive and require a short period of time.

The Institute of General Mechanics, headed by JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Bernd Markert, is investigating a promising process for forming processes such as those occurring in the automotive industry.

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Dr. Johannes Teyssen, Chairman of the Board of Management of E.ON SE, spoke to his audience last Thursday in a charming, approachable and pointed speech. In the context of the JARA-ENERGY Talks, the energy expert was given the framework to talk about a central theme of the energy transition. Around 120 listeners, including many citizens, scientists and representatives of industry, listened to his speech and then asked questions on the subject.

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Most of the automobiles on the roads today continue to move with conventional engines. Petrol and diesel are the predominant fuels. However, the environmental performance of these fuels is anything but green. For some years, not only the demand for alternatives has been increasing, but also the number offer of new technologies. Scientists from the Institute for Energy and Climate Research have now compared battery and fuel cell in a study and evaluated their profitability.

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In order to create economic and technically feasible solutions for the conversion of energy system towards renewable energy sources, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research initiated the four Kopernikus projects. The partial project SynErgie investigates how energy-intense industrial processes can be flexibilized to adjust the industrial electricity consumption to a fluctuating electricity supply from renewable sources.

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The Institute for General Mechanics (IAM) of the RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3) of the Research Center Jülich have been working together for a long time. The two institutes are managed by two JARA-ENERGY scientists, Prof. Bernd Markert (IAM) and Prof. Detlef Stolten (IEK-3).

The common goal is the research, development and optimization of porous materials as central components of electrochemical energy conversion equipment. A recent joint study aims to improve the design of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFC) by a deep understanding of the functionality and optimization of the design of the porous gas diffusion layer (GDL), the main gate of reactants from the gas channels to the catalyst layer of the PEFC.

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Prof. Madlener (JARA-ENERGY) attends the Editorial Board Member Meeting 2017 of Applied Energy and the 9th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE) 2017 on “Energizing the Future” in Cardiff, Wales (UK), where he gives a presentation on “System Cost Uncertainty of Micro Fuel Cell Cogeneration and Storage” (joint work with Laurens Löbberding). He is accompanied by Kai Risthaus who presents a joint paper on “Economic Analysis of Electricity Storage Based on Heat Pumps and Thermal Storage Units in Large-Scale Thermal Power Plants.

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A transonic centrifugal compressor was aerodynamically optimized at the Institute of Jet Propulsion and Turbomachinery, headed by JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Peter Jeschke, by means of a numerical optimization process. The main applications of these compressors are among others turbochargers of ships, power stations, diesel locomotives, or small gas turbines, small jet engines and auxiliary power units.

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Si-Air batteries are currently an interesting perspective for the development of next generation batteries. Unfortunately, nowadays realized prototypes do not reach the theoretical capacity. The group Applied Interface Electrochemistry led by JARA-ENERGY member Juniorprofessor Dr. Florian Hausen is investigating the evolution of the surface structure in order to gain a better understanding of the...

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DESCRAMBLE is a EU Horizon 2020 project funded within the “Low Carbon Energy” call: “Developing the next generation technologies of renewable electricity and heating/cooling”. The Institute for Applied Geophysics and Geothermal Energy, headed by JARA-ENERGY member Prof. Christoph Clauser, will accompany the drilling effort with reliable predictions of the physical quantities, like temperature, natural flow or rock properties, of the reservoir on regional and local scale.

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Since autumn 2015 Prof. H. Vereecken, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Agrosphere (IBG-3) from Jülich Research Centre and Prof. C. Clauer, Institute for Applied Geophysics and Geothermal Energy (E.ON Energy Research Center) from RWTH Aachen University, both JARA-ENERGY members, are participants in the Energy Oriented Centre of Excellence for computing applications (EoCoE, [1]).

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Triggered by the growing demand for systems analysis underpinned by the intensive evaluation of technological innovations awaiting commercialization and conventional, already commercialized technologies, the interlinking of engineering and the natural sciences with economic and social science competencies is increasingly important. This reflects...

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On April the 5th, Prof. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, announced funding for four Copernicus projects for the transformation of the energy sector. The Power-To-X project coordinated by RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich, and DECHEMA was among those selected.

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The Institute of Crystallography (IfK) at RWTH Aachen University and the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) -6 of Forschungszentrum Jülich cooperate, inter alia, within the framework of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded joint project "Conditioning" (Fundamental studies for immobilizing long-lived radionuclides by incorporation into repository relevant ceramics).

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Increasing population and growing industries and the associated increased energy consumption in emerging Asian economies result in enhanced emissions of greenhouse gases, ozone-depleting substances, and pollution in this region. IEK-7 has already published some basic studies related to the topic of transport processes in the region of the Asian monsoon (Konopka et al., JGR, 2010; Ploeger et al., JGR, 2013; Vogel et al, ACP, 2014; Ploeger et al., ACP, 2015; Vogel et al, ACP, 2015).

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The Thermprocess fair in Dusseldorf is the world's most important platform for the presentation of highly innovative technologies in industrial thermal processing technology. The Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering (IOB) was represented with its own booth in the Research Association of Industrial Furnace Manufactures (FOGI).

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In combustion processes of hydrocarbon-containing fuels, pollutants, such as unburned hydrocarbons (UHC), carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen, collectively referred to as NOx, and particulates in the form of soot, are formed and emitted into the atmosphere. The severe environmental effects of increased ambient NOx concentrations have led to stringent emission laws and as a result. A promising tool to accomplish this goal is the design and control of these systems using computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

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Over 200 scientists from Germany and abroad, more than 30 lectures, 8 plenaries and over 30 scientific posters: these are the key data concerning this year’s International Conference of the RWTH Aachen Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass (TMFB)”, that took place from June 23rd to 25th 2015 in the Eurogress in Aachen.

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