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 | 21. April 2010 | 8 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Wie viel Strom steckt in der Meeresströmung?

Aus der Kraft der Gezeiten wird seit Jahrzehnten Strom gewonnen. Gigantische Anlagen können so den Strombedarf von ganzen Städten decken. Aber nicht nur Ebbe und Flut bewegen die Wassermassen der Ozeane. Auch in den Meeresströmungen wirken rund um den Globus enorme Kräfte. Lohnt es sich, diese Quelle anzuzapfen? read more

Energy Blog | 21. April 2010 | 8 Comments

Energy question of the week: How much electricity could be generated from ocean currents?

Electricity has been generated from tidal power for decades. Large installations could supply entire towns and cities. However, tides are not the only forces moving water in our seas. Ocean currents also move huge amounts of water all around the globe. Is it worth exploiting this power source? read more

Energy Blog | 08. March 2010 | 2 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Was macht ein Stromnetz intelligent?

Vom Kraftwerk bis zur Steckdose gewährleistet ein engmaschiges und komplexes Leitungsnetz von etwa 1,7 Millionen Kilometern Länge die Stromversorgung in Deutschland. Über Jahrzehnte gewachsen, gewartet und zaghaft ausgebaut, hat sich lange kaum jemand über das Zusammenspiel von Generator und Verbraucher, Stromfrequenz und Hochspannungen, Umspannstation und Transformator Gedanken gemacht. Nun, mit dem steigenden Anteil an regenerativ erzeugtem Strom, steht immer wieder der Begriff des "Smart Grid", des intelligenten Stromnetzes, im Raum. War (und ist) denn unser bestehendes Stromnetz so "dumm"? read more

Energy Blog | 08. March 2010 | 2 Comments

Energy question of the week: What makes a power grid intelligent?

A closely-interconnected grid of power lines and wires 1.7 million kilometres in length and running from power stations to wall sockets delivers a reliable power supply throughout Germany. It has evolved and been maintained over decades, extended in leaps and bounds, and virtually no-one gives any real thought to the interplay between generator and consumer, power frequency and high voltages, sub-stations and transformers. Now, in response to the rising proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources, the term Smart Grid (the 'intelligent' power grid) is now coming into common parlance. Was, and is, our existing power grid really so 'dumb'? read more

Energy Blog | 22. February 2010 | 4 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Wie viel Strom steckt in Ebbe und Flut?

Zweimal täglich schwappen die Wassermassen der Ozeane dank der Schwerkraft des Mondes hin und her. Zwischen Ebbe und Flut wirken rund um den Globus gewaltige Kräfte. Und diese können zur Stromgewinnung genutzt werden. Doch wie ausgereift ist die Technik und welches Potenzial haben Gezeitenkraftwerke insgesamt? read more

Energy Blog | 22. February 2010 | 4 Comments

Energy question of the week: How much electrical power can be harnessed from tides?

Under the influence of the Moon's gravity, the water of Earth's oceans rises and falls twice a day. Powerful forces are at work all over the globe between every low and high tide – forces that can be harnessed to generate electrical power. Just how mature is the technology and what is the potential that tidal power stations could unleash? read more