The Physical, Chemical and Technological Aspects of the Fundamental Transition in Energy Supply from Fossil to Renewable Sources – Key Aspect: Energy Storage

791. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

18 Jun - 22 Jun 2023


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Horst Schmidt‐Böcking, U Frankfurt /M • Dr.‐Ing. Dipl. Phys. Karl‐Friedrich Ziegahn, KIT Karlsruhe • Prof. Dr. Kurt Wagemann, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt /M

In this WE-Heraeus seminar the individual technological aspects for achieving the energy transition from fossil to renewable energy sources will be discussed in their physical coaction. These are: 1. power generation (by means of wind turbines, photovoltaics and biomass, etc.), 2. power transmission lines of many 10 GW capacity over many hundreds of km and 3. energy storage.

The addressees of this seminar are chemists, physicists and experts from industry in order to stimulate cooperation, especially in the field of renewable energy storage. The success of energy storage (short and long-term storage by means of ion batteries, power to gas, pumped-storage hydropower plant, etc.) is the key task to achieve an efficient energy transition. The technologies for hydrogen production (e.g. electrolysis, etc.) will be presented in several lectures. They require continuous 24-hour continuous operation, i.e. hydrogen technology also relies on gigantic short-term storage (at least for 24 hours) to bridge the nocturnal calm.

The invited speakers come from universities, Fraunhofer Institutes, industry and also from the political environment. As the chemical and physical storage options must be perfectly coordinated, a closely coordinated cooperation between engineers, physicists and chemists is absolutely necessary.

The goal of the seminar is to combine these broad skills in order to design a well-functioning energy transition. Since the energy transition is a central task for future generations, many young researchers should participate in this seminar. As the energy transition will take several decades, so it is essential to attract young scientists to it.

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.