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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 | 11. October 2010 | 4 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Warum sind Speicher für die Energieversorgung so wichtig?

Ob wir Auto fahren, zuhause das Licht anschalten oder die Heizung aufdrehen - wir verlassen uns darauf, dass just in diesen Momenten genug Energie zur Verfügung steht. Das klappt aber nur, wenn zwei wesentliche Grundlagen erfüllt sind. Zum einen muss die Energie in der gewünschten Form schnell und zuverlässig zum Verbraucher transportiert werden, zum anderen gewährleisten Energiespeicher den einfachen Zugriff und einen "Energiepuffer", um Lücken bei der Verteilung zu stopfen. Auf welche Speicher greifen wir überhaupt tagtäglich zurück? read more

Energy Blog | 11. October 2010 | 4 Comments

Energy question of the week: Why is energy storage so important?

Whether driving a car, switching on a light, or turning up the heating – we take it for granted that there'll be sufficient energy for us to use at that very moment. But this only works if two basics are in place. Firstly, energy needs to be transported quickly and reliably to the consumer in the required form. Second, energy storage guarantees straightforward access and acts as an 'energy buffer' to fill the gaps in distribution. So, what kinds of storage do we get our everyday energy from? read more