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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 | 03. May 2010 | 3 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Können moderne Frachtschiffe wieder mit Wind fahren?

Bei steigenden Treibstoffpreisen suchen Reeder weltweit nach Möglichkeiten, ihre Frachter günstiger über die Weltmeere zu lenken. Bereits in den 1920er Jahren wurden die so genannten Flettner-Rotoren entwickelt, auch in einem Vorgängerinstitut des heutigen Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt. Nach gut 80 Jahren sticht in diesen Tagen zum ersten Mal wieder ein Frachtschiff mit den Turbosegeln in See. Doch lohnt sich die Renaissance der Segelantriebe? read more

Energy Blog | 03. May 2010 | 3 Comments

Energy question of the week: Can modern freight ships sail using wind power?

Rising fuel costs are urging shipowners all over the world to find ways to deliver cargo across the seas more economically. In the 1920s, the German Aerospace Center's predecessor institute developed Flettner rotors. Some 80 years later, a cargo ship is again sailing with rotating cylindrical sails. But is this change worth it? read more