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 | 13. September 2010 | 2 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Welche Rolle spielt Erdgas für die Energieversorgung Deutschlands?

Ob zum Heizen, als Treibstoff oder zur Stromerzeugung mit riesigen Turbinen – Erdgas nimmt eine sehr wichtige Rolle für die heimische Energieversorgung ein. Mit einem Verbrauch von knapp 100 Milliarden Kubikmeter pro Jahr hat sich der Bedarf – und damit auch der Import – seit 1970 fast verdoppelt. Und der Trend weist weiter in diese Richtung. Doch ist eine solche Entwicklung überhaupt sinnvoll? read more

Energy Blog | 13. September 2010 | 2 Comments

Energy question of the week: What part does natural gas play in meeting Germany’s energy requirements?

Whether used for heating, as a vehicle fuel or for power generation in gigantic turbines, natural gas plays a central role in Germany’s national energy supply. With consumption at 100 billion cubic metres a year, its use – and also importation – has almost doubled since 1970; and this trend is still growing. But does such a development make sense? read more