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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 | 06. April 2010 | 2 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Wie kommt der Strom übers Meer?

Zwei Trends zeichnen sich für die regenerative Stromversorgung der Zukunft ab. Zum einen werden lokale Solar-, Wind- oder Biomasseanlagen mehr Elektrizität für kleine Siedlungen oder alleinstehende Häuser produzieren. Zum anderen könnten große Strommengen aus Solarkraftwerken in Wüsten oder von ausgedehnten Windparks im Meer über weite Strecken zu eng besiedelten Ballungszentren geleitet werden. Aber wie kann der Strom mit geringen Verlusten über große Distanzen transportiert werden? read more

Energy Blog | 06. April 2010 | 2 Comments

Energy question of the week: How is electrical power carried across the sea?

Two trends are emerging for future renewable electricity. In the first, local solar, wind or biomass plants will produce more energy for small communities or single homes. In the second, large amounts of electricity will be generated by solar power stations in desert areas or extensive offshore wind farms, and delivered over long distances to densely populated areas. But how can electrical power be delivered over long distances without large losses? read more