About the author

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 | 31. May 2010 | 1 Comment

Energie-Frage der Woche: Gibt es Strom auch geschenkt?

Wenn wir unsere Stromrechnung begleichen, bezahlen wir weit mehr als den Betrieb von Windrädern oder Kernkraftwerken. Mit Miete für den Stromzähler, Kosten für die Nutzung der Stromnetze, Mehrwert- und Stromsteuer und einem Aufschlag für die bevorzugte Einspeisung von Ökostrom verdoppeln sich fast die Endpreise. Gibt es dennoch am immer lebhafteren Markt Strom zum Nulltarif? read more

Energy Blog | 31. May 2010 | 1 Comment

Energy question of the week: Is there such a thing as free electricity?

When we pay our electricity bill, we are paying for more than just the operation of wind turbines or nuclear power stations. What with rental for the electricity meter, costs for using the power grids, value-added tax and a tax on electricity, coupled with a surcharge for the preferred sourcing of green power, the final price we pay is effectively double the generation cost. Having said that, is it conceivable that there is such a thing as free electricity in the ever more dynamic power market? read more