Welcome to HITEC - the Graduate School in Energy and Climate Research
HITEC is a graduate school for doctoral candidates at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and its partner universities RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität zu Köln, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, and Bergische Universität Wuppertal.
Its main objective is to foster interdisciplinary communication among PhD students working in the fields of energy and climate research and to enhance the PhD experience by providing additional scientific and professional qualifications and international exchanges that supplement the candidates’ research work. HITEC is funded by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund.
Safe Lithium-Ion Battery with Ceramic Electrolyte
Jülich, 13 March 2015 – Solid state lithium-ion batteries are considered to be the safe batteries of the future. Replacing the conventional liquid electrolyte with a solid state electrolyte permits high energy densities and reduces the risk of leaks, overheating, flammability, and toxicity which today’s batteries struggle with. Jülich scientists have now introduced a cell which, at a laboratory scale, already works astonishingly well. More in German.
Jülich Study Shows Positive Life Cycle Assessment for Large-Scale Battery Storage
Düsseldorf/Jülich, 9 March 2015 – The application of stationary large-scale battery storage is becoming increasingly important. This type of battery storage could stabilize the electricity grid quickly and precisely. According to a study by Jülich scientists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research and the Berlin battery storage experts Younicos, this form of storage also has ecological advantages compared to hard-coal-fired power plants. The researchers will present their investigation on Tuesday as part of the 9th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2015) in Düsseldorf. More in German.
Robust Fuel Cells for Trucks: New Christian Doppler Laboratory Opens at Forschungszentrum Jülich
In the Christian Doppler laboratory at Forschungszentrum Jülich, scientists are working on new fuel cells for auxiliary power units on trucks. The laboratory, which officially opens today, is being funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy for a total period of up to seven years. The aim is to improve the lifetime of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells (MSC-SOFC), a type of cell which functions without platinum. The cooperation partners are the TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) as well as the Austrian companies Plansee SE and AVL List GmbH. They also contribute to the funding of the laboratory, which has a total annual budget of approximately € 500,000. More in German.
Jülich Fuel Cells Honoured for Contribution to Climate Protection
The KlimaExpo.NRW initiative has selected the research and development of solid oxide fuel cells at Forschungszentrum Jülich as an exemplary contribution to climate protection and has included it on its list of qualified projects. A stack of planar solid oxide fuel cells developed by the Institute of Energy and Climate Research has now been running for over 62,000 hours as part of a lifetime test. This seven-year operating time is a world record and demonstrates that the fuel cells are ready for application. More in German.
Fusion Researchers Hold First Meeting of "EUROfusion" Consortium in Jülich
Around 50 European specialists in the research field of plasma-wall interaction met at Forschungszentrum Jülich this week to discuss the current research programme for the international fusion experiment ITER, which is currently being constructed. The workshop, which ends today, is the first time that Jülich plasma physicists have met as part of the EUROfusion consortium, which was launched this year. The umbrella organization brings together 29 scientific institutions from 26 countries and will contribute to a more efficient coordination of resources to achieve the common goal – the first fusion power plant. More in German.
Better Understanding of Climate with Commercial Airliners
The European research infrastructure IAGOS equips long-haul aircraft operated by large commercial airlines with measuring instruments in order to analyse the distribution of climate-relevant trace substances in the atmosphere. These data are important in terms of documenting and improving our understanding of the effects of climate change. On Monday at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Thomas Rachel, Member of the German Bundestag, gave the green light for the main phase of IAGOS and officially announced the federal government’s decision to grant the project more than € 5.4 million. More in German.
The Future of Energy Supply: International Workshop in Jülich
Today in Forschungszentrum Jülich, research teams from the EU, Norway, Turkey, and Japan will be presenting the results of their work. The workshop, which is part of the CONCERT-Japan initiative, will focus primarily on new methods of energy storage and distribution. Scientists from Jülich’s Institute of Energy and Climate Research will present their research on the transport of lithium ions in solid-state batteries.
Data from the Arctic to the Equator
Over 60 atmospheric researchers from Germany, Brazil, and Israel investigated high-climbing convective clouds over the Amazon rainforest with the help of the research aircraft HALO. The aim of the ACRIDICON-CHUVA Campaign was to determine how aerosol particles, cloud droplets and ice crystals, wind and sunshine interact in the atmosphere. A team from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research at Forschungszentrum Jülich was also involved in the project. More in German.
Jülich researchers involved in ozone-report
Climate scientists of Research Centre Jülich have contributed to the current report on the situation of the ozone layer. The summary of the results were presented yesterday afternoon, 10 September 2014, in New York, at the United Nations Headquarters. Since the discovery of the ozone hole in 1985, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) documented every 4 years in their report, how the state of the ozone layer has changed. More information in German.
World record for fuel cells 'made in Jülich'
A stack of solid oxide fuel cell of the Research Centre Jülich now introduced a new world record: the stack is now running continuously over 61,000 hours, including 60,000 hours of electricity production, about 7 years. The link provides information in German.
New solar cell made of liquid silicon
Jülich researchers prepare the way for the next generation of thin-film electronics
In collaboration with Evonik Jülich researchers have developed a solar cell consisting of a very thin film made from a liquid silicon compound. With an efficiency of 3.5 percent, the solar cell is seven times more efficient than existing cells of this type. The scientists are optimistic that they will be able to increase the efficiency of these cost-effective solar cells even further. Thus this approach, being considered as a promising basis for the next generation of thin-film electronics, would also become economically attractive. More information in German.
Patrick Niehoff, Cheng Wu, Bugra Turan
23 March 2015
Three doctoral candidates received the HITEC Communicator Awards 2015 during the third HITEC Symposium. First prize (1500 €): Patrick Niehoff, IEK-1; second prize (1000 €): Cheng Wu, IEK-8; third prize (500 €): Bugra Turan, IEK-5.more
15 March 2015
The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) welcomes new Co-Lead for the Small Satellites Project Group: Michael Deiml. He is a HITEC doctoral candidate at the Research Centre Jülich (IEK-7) and the University of Wuppertal and started his PhD in July 2014.more
4 March 2015
Yulia Arinicheva (IEK-6) was chosen from several hundred applicants to participate at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (28 June - 3 July 2015). In this meeting she will be given the opportunity to meet Nobel Laureates from the fields of Physics, Chemistry, and Physiology or Medicine, and attend their lectures, panel discussions on interdisciplinary topics, and small-size discussion sessions.more
Prof. T.W. Clyne
26 January 2015
Trevor William Clyne, University of Cambridge, UK, has been honoured with the Helmholtz International Fellow Award 2014. The materials scientist was nominated by Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a fellow he will receive € 20,000 each in prize money and will be invited to take part in research visits to Forschungszentrum Jülich. Since 2012 Prof. Clyne is a member of the HITEC Advisory Board.more
Prof. Martin Winter
15 January 2015
On 1 January 2015, Prof. Dr. Martin Winter took up his position as new director at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Ionics in Energy Storage, IEK-12.more
21 November 2014
Leónard Kröll (IEK-9) achieved first place in the poster awards at the Future Energy Forum 2014 at RWTH Aachen University.more
M.Sc. Sascha Albrecht (IEK-7) was awarded the title of Dr. rer. nat. by the University of Wuppertal, Faculty of Mathematics and Science: "Development of a highly sensitive and versatile mass spectrometer system for laboratory and atmospheric measurements"more
Georg Teucher, IEK-1, has been awarded the Best Poster Award 2014 presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry in Lausanne, Switzerlandmore
Beatrix Blank and Sebastian Schmitt
4 November 2014
The doctoral candidates of Forschungszentrum Jülich elected their representatives for the Ph.D. students' initiative Helmholtz Juniors of the Helmholtz Association. The two representatives with the highest number of votes Beatrix Blank, IEK-5, and Sebastian Schmitt, IEK-8, are also HITEC doctoral candidates as were their predecessors. Read the interview with the former representatives Andreas Fichtner, IEK-6 and Marco Prill, IEK-2.more
10 October 2014
Michael Deiml, HITEC doctoral candidate in the group ‘atmospheric physics’ at Wuppertal university has been awarded two prizes at the 65. International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Canada.more
Dr. Heidi Ursula Heinrichs
19 September 2014
Three Helmholtz PhD Prizes for Jülich in 2014
Three early-career scientists from different research fields of Forschungszentrum Jülich were awarded 2014 Helmholtz PhD Prizes at the annual general assembly of the Helmholtz Association yesterday. One awardee, Dr. Heidi Ursula Heinrichs from the Institute of Energy and Climate (IEK, Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation) analysed the long-term impact of electric mobility on the European energy system. She was also nominated as a speaker to present her results at the annual HITEC symposium in March 2014. More information in German.more
Dr. Georg Mauer
5 September 2014
Dr. Georg Mauer, IEK-1, will lecture at the Institute of Materials Engineering at TU Dortmund University this coming semester on thermal spraying technology.more
Dr. Hans Peter Buchkremer
19 August 2014
Dr. Hans Peter Buchkremer, IEK-1, was appointed acting head of IEK-12 (Helmholtz Institute Münster for Ionics in Energy Storage). The Helmholtz institute was established on 15 July. It pools the expertise of Forschungszentrum Jülich, RWTH Aachen University, and the University of Münster in battery research and is operated as a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich. The focus is on the electrolyte - a central component in every battery regulating the internal chemical processes. More information in German.more
Prof. Dr. Uwe Rau
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Dr. Bärbel Köster
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