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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 | 15. March 2010 | 8 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Können Laser ein Sonnenfeuer für einen Fusionsreaktor entfachen?

Günstig, sicher, klimafreundlich und unerschöpflich: In der Kernfusion sehen viele Energieexperten die Stromquelle der Zukunft. Allerdings rechnen die Wissenschaftler mit einem ersten Fusionskraftwerk erst in 40 bis 50 Jahren. Ein heißes Plasma, eingesperrt in einem extrem starken Magnetfeld, gilt als derzeit vielversprechendster Weg, auf den vor allem die Europäer setzen. Doch könnten vielleicht starke Laser, mit denen amerikanische Physiker arbeiten, viel schneller und einfacher das begehrte Sonnenfeuer auf Erden entfachen? read more

Energy Blog | 15. March 2010 | 8 Comments

Energy question of the week: Can lasers unleash the Sun's power to create a fusion reactor?

Low-cost, safe, climate-friendly and inexhaustible – many energy experts view nuclear fusion as the power source of the future. Having said that, scientists believe that it will take another 40 to 50 years before the first fusion power station is in operation. Hot plasma, trapped within a strong magnetic field is currently the most promising way forward, and Europeans in particular are focusing on this concept. However, might it not be much simpler and quicker to find a way to unleash the fire of the Sun by means of powerful lasers that American physicists are working with? read more