JARA-ENERGY: Energy Research for the Future

  An Energy Researcher at Work Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich

The exploration of sustainable - i.e. efficient, resource-conserving, environmentally compatible and secure - provision, use and optimization of energy resources is one of the most decisive societal challenges of the near future.



The goal of JARA-ENERGY is to research, optimize, and develop energy technologies and systems solutions along systems and value added chains, and in interdisciplinary interface-oriented issues, as well as from fundamentals to complete application.

Areas of Research and Application

JARA-ENERGY addresses questions and problems in the field of energy research. RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich seek to provide new impetus to existing research collaborations and establish new ones, in particular in the following areas:

  • Electrochemical energy techniques
  • Change, transport, and storage of energy
  • Renewable energies
  • Materials in energy engineering
  • Systems analysis
  • Production technology for energy systems

The JARA-ENERGY section structures its activities in three key areas:

Processes – Chemical Engineering and Manufacturing Processes Are at the Focus of the Processes Area.

The central question for researchers in this area is, in particular, how energy carriers and chemical feedstocks can be solely provided from renewable energies. Possible fluctuations in electric current that occur in wind and solar power generation may be counterbalanced by novel batteries that act as storage units in a decentralized electricity grid. Furthermore, under the heading of “Power to X,” conversion techniques are being investigated which make it possible to convert electric current into hydrogen, methane, and other chemicals and energy carriers.

Systems – Investigation and Optimization of Energy Systems

JARA-ENERGY focuses on the investigation of the availability, opportunities, and risks of technological developments in the energy system with the aim to secure future energy supplies in a sustainable manner. JARA-ENERGY offers the unique opportunity to bring together experts from all energy supply-related fields – electricity, heat, gases, traffic and transport, and fundamental materials science – and thus to arrive at a comprehensive perspective on the energy supply system. This makes it possible to create holistic analyses and develop future options that take into account economic, business-administrative, and user acceptance aspects.

Materials – Development and Research of New Materials for Use in the Generation and Storage of Electricity

Efficient materials form the basis not only for storage media, but also for the generation of electricity. Wind turbines, solar plants, and power stations can equally benefit from new materials that not only meet economical goals but are also perfectly adapted to specific applications. Furthermore, power electronics, network components, thermal isolation materials, and new drilling techniques for the utilization of geothermal resources, for example, are based on innovative and resource-friendly materials. Electrochemical storage elements, however, pose a particular challenge. To address this challenge, the scientists involved in the Materials area are developing new battery concepts and conduct research on all aspects that are necessary to be able to integrate batteries in a broad range of applications.



Deadline for submission is April 3, 2016.


JARA-ENERGY Strategy Call for Applications

In order to promote the development and preparation of a strategic plan for the establishment of new research areas within JARA-ENERGY, the section supports up to two projects with funding of up to 70,000 Euros annually.

These JARA-ENERGY Strategy projects aim to identify new research areas, which are based either in Jülich or in Aachen.

JARA-ENERGY Strategy projects should contribute to analyzing potential research topics, existing expertise and infrastructure, and to identifying key researchers that might play a leading role in the new research area. Furthermore, the national and international competition in the respective field is to be taken into account. The project should contribute to the collaboration between the Aachen and Jülich research institutions within JARA.

Current Seed Fund Projects

  • Topic: Materials and Processes for Sustainable Energy Technologies
    Three JARA Start projects receiving 50,000 Euros in support funding each; project duration: one year
    • Integrated Solar – Battery Solution for Self-sustaining Electronics
      Merdzhanova, Institute of Energy Research 5 – Photovoltaic, Forschungszentrum Jülich
      Uhlenbruck, Materials Synthesis and Processing, Forschungszentrum Jülich
      Mayer, GFE/RWTH Aachen
    • Optimization of Thermal Power Stations through the Investigation of Cyclic Aqueous and High-Temperature Corrosion
      Zander, KKS/RWTH Aachen
      Quadakkers, IEK-2 / Forschungszentrum Jülich
    • Pressure-Induced Aging of Active and Inactive Materials in Battery Cells (Pia)
      Lobe, IEK-1 / Forschungszentrum Jülich
      Lehner, Fuchs, ISEA / RWTH Aachen
  • JARA-ENERGY Seed Fund Call: "Ideas and Concepts for Future Sustainable Energy Systems“, funding volume 100,000 Euros
  • Two JARA-Start projects, funding volume 50,000 Euros, project duration one year
    • "Dynamic Hydrogen Storage – DyHyst: Integrated Dynamic Model of Electrolysis and Gas Conditioning for Hydrogen Storage“
      RWTH Aachen: Dr. Franz Lanzerath, LTT
      Forschungszentrum Jülich: Dr. Martin Müller, IEK-3
    • "Comperative Techno-economic Analysis of Stationary Battery Systems Providing Primary Control Under Consideration of Battery and Application Specific Aging Models“
      RWTH Aachen: Dr. Matthias Leuthold, ISEA
      Forschungszentrum Jülich: Dr. Petra Zapp, IEK-STE

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