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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 | 12. January 2010 | 5 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Wie viel Energie schickt uns die Sonne jeden Tag?

Unsere Sonne ist ein gigantischer Fusionsreaktor, mit einer Lebensdauer von etwa zehn Milliarden Jahren. Gerade einmal die Hälfte dieser für Menschen unvorstellbaren Zeit ist verstrichen. So wird unser im astronomischen Vergleich eigentlich sehr gewöhnliche Stern immer noch viel Energie zur Erde strahlen, wenn Uran, Kohle, Gas oder Erdöl längst aufgebraucht sein werden. Wie viel der Energie der Sonne kommt bei uns auf der Erde an? read more

Energy Blog | 12. January 2010 | 5 Comments

Energy question of the week: How much energy does the Sun send us every day?

Our Sun is a gigantic fusion reactor with an expected lifetime of about ten billion years. Although this period of time is unimaginably long from a human perspective, half of it has already elapsed. That means that our star, a very ordinary one in astronomical terms, will still be radiating the same amount of energy as it now does long after our resources of uranium, coal, gas or crude oil have been used up. How much energy from the Sun reaches us here on Earth? read more