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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. February 2010 | 4 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Sind große Wasserkraftwerke eigentlich umweltfreundlich?

Nach Jahrzehnten der Planung soll im Amazonas-Gebiet im Norden Brasiliens nun das drittgrößte Wasserkraftwerk der Welt, Belo Monte, gebaut werden. Die Genehmigung Anfang Februar von der brasilianischen Umweltbehörde IBAMA stieß auf heftige Kritik von Umweltschützern und Sprechern von indigenen Völkern. Wie umweltfreundlich sind die gigantischen Wasserkraftwerke eigentlich? read more

Energy Blog | 15. February 2010 | 4 Comments

Energy question of the week: are large hydroelectric power stations genuinely good for the environment?

After decades of planning, Belo Monte - the third largest hydroelectric power station in the world, will now be constructed in the Amazonas region of northern Brazil. When the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, IBAMA, approved the plan in early February, it was met with vociferous criticism from environmental conservationists and spokespersons for indigenous groups. So just how green are gigantic hydroelectric power stations really? read more