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Jan Oliver Löfken

Energy journalist Jan Oliver Löfken writes among other things, for the Technologie Review, Wissenschaft aktuell, Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung and P.M. Magazin on issues involving energy research and industry. For DLR, he answered the Energy question of the week during the Year of Energy 2010.

Currently, Jan Oliver Löfken writes in the DLR Energy blog on current topics related to the energy turnaround. He considers the contributions that research can make to a secure and affordable energy supply. The energy transition is a social challenge - a project of the century, as noted by Environment Minister Peter Altmeier. In the DLR Energy Blog, Jan Oliver Löfken discusses the outlook of the power supply and what can set the course for politics and the economy today.

Posts from Jan Oliver Löfken

Energy Blog | 22. March 2010 | 2 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Hat sich das Emirat Abu Dhabi mit der "Null-Emissions-Stadt" Masdar-City übernommen?

Bis zum Jahr 2016 sollte in der arabischen Wüste die erste klimaneutrale Stadt der Welt, Masdar City, entstehen. 50.000 Menschen sollen dann in Masdar-City ihre Energie vor allem aus Solarkraftwerken beziehen, sich mit Elektromobilen zwischen intelligent gebauten Häusern bewegen und ihren Müll komplett recyceln. Doch vereinzelte Rücktritte von Masdar-Managern nähren nun Gerüchte, dass das ambitionierte Projekt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes im Sande verlaufen könnte. Waren die Ziele für das 22-Milliarden-Dollar-Projekt zu hoch gesteckt? read more

Energy Blog | 22. March 2010 | 2 Comments

Energy question of the week: Has the Emirate of Abu Dhabi overreached itself with its 'Zero Emission City' of Masdar City?

By 2016, the world's first climate-neutral city - Masdar City - is set to emerge from the sands of the Arabian desert. By that date, 50,000 people in Masdar City should be able to meet their energy needs from solar power stations, to move between their 'intelligent-design' houses in electrically-powered cars, and to recycle all their household waste. Nevertheless, isolated cases of Masdar managers resigning their posts are starting to fuel rumours that this ambitious project may, quite literally, be running itself back into the sand. Were the goals of this 22-billion-dollar project perhaps set too high? read more