Energy Lab 2.0 of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT )

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) combines the tasks of university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a research center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, higher education, and innovation. The scope of disciplines covered by KIT ranges from engineering sciences and natural sciences to humanities and social sciences.

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In October 2014, KIT launched the Energy Lab 2.0 to investigate the interactions of different components of future energy systems. The overall objective is to accelerate the German “Energiewende” (energy transition) and in particular the integration of RES in electricity production. The smart platform is a network of facilities that joins electric, thermal and chemical energy flows as well as new information and communication technologies. In a real-time simulation environment, the Energy Lab 2.0 is testing new approaches to reliable energy storage and extending and stabilising power grid and power production. Research facilities include the already existing solar power storage park and the bioliq® pilot facility, as well as planned electrical, electrochemical, and chemical storage systems and a fuel-flexible gas turbine with current generator (expected to be commissioned at the end of 2017).

Main Research Fields

  • Smart Grid Lab and Control Center
  • 3D-Grid (electricity, heat, transport) and Smart metering
  • Modeling, simulation, monitoring and analysis of energy grids
  • Power-hardware-in-the-loop test facility
  • Involved in the Helmholtz Research programmes „Renewable Energies“, „Energy efficient materials“ and „Storage and crosslinked Infrastructure“.