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 | 28. June 2010

Energie-Frage der Woche: Kann "brennendes Eis" die Energieprobleme lösen?

Nicht nur Erdöl, Kohle und Erdgas schlummern als fossile Energieträger im Untergrund. Enorme Mengen an Methanhydrat finden sich an zahlreichen Stellen rund um den Globus, wie viele spätestens seit dem Roman "Der Schwarm" von Frank Schätzing wissen. Dieses weiße und brennbare Eis besteht aus Wasser und Methangas. Wenn es kontrolliert auftaut, könnten viele Milliarden Tonnen des Energieträgers Methan gewonnen werden. Aber taugt Methanhydrat tatsächlich für die Energieversorgung der Zukunft? read more

Energy Blog | 28. June 2010

Energy question of the week: Can burning ice solve our energy problems?

Crude oil, coal and natural gas are not the only fossil fuels hidden deep below the surface of the Earth. Right around the globe, enormous quantities of methane hydrates can be found as many people already know, especially since Frank Schätzings famous novel 'The Swarm' (Der Schwarm). This white combustible ice consists of water and methane gas. If thawed in a controlled fashion, many billions of tons of methane could be obtained from it. The question is: do methane hydrate have a genuine role to play in our energy future? read more

Energy Blog | 07. June 2010

Energie-Frage der Woche: Wie wiegt man das Treibhausgas Kohlendioxid?

Für jeden Neuwagen müssen die Autohersteller den durchschnittlichen Kohlendioxid- Ausstoß genau angeben. Sparsame Kleinwagen liegen kaum über 100 Gramm CO2 pro Kilometer. Spritfressende Luxuslimousinen oder SUVs (zum Beispiel große Geländewagen oder Pickups) pusten mehr als die dreifache Menge in die Atmosphäre. Aber CO2 ist doch ein Gas. Wie kann man das eigentlich auf eine Waage legen? read more

Energy Blog | 07. June 2010

Energy question of the week: How does one weigh the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide?

Automotive manufacturers are now required to indicate the precise level of carbon dioxide emissions for every new car. Small, low-emission cars seldom exceed 100 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. Gas-guzzling luxury saloons or SUVs (large off-road vehicles or pickups for example) can emit more than three times these levels into the atmosphere. But carbon dioxide is a gas. How does one actually put a gas on a set of scales? read more