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 | 28. June 2010

Energie-Frage der Woche: Kann "brennendes Eis" die Energieprobleme lösen?

Nicht nur Erdöl, Kohle und Erdgas schlummern als fossile Energieträger im Untergrund. Enorme Mengen an Methanhydrat finden sich an zahlreichen Stellen rund um den Globus, wie viele spätestens seit dem Roman "Der Schwarm" von Frank Schätzing wissen. Dieses weiße und brennbare Eis besteht aus Wasser und Methangas. Wenn es kontrolliert auftaut, könnten viele Milliarden Tonnen des Energieträgers Methan gewonnen werden. Aber taugt Methanhydrat tatsächlich für die Energieversorgung der Zukunft? read more

Energy Blog | 28. June 2010

Energy question of the week: Can burning ice solve our energy problems?

Crude oil, coal and natural gas are not the only fossil fuels hidden deep below the surface of the Earth. Right around the globe, enormous quantities of methane hydrates can be found as many people already know, especially since Frank Schätzings famous novel 'The Swarm' (Der Schwarm). This white combustible ice consists of water and methane gas. If thawed in a controlled fashion, many billions of tons of methane could be obtained from it. The question is: do methane hydrate have a genuine role to play in our energy future? read more