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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 | 26. July 2010 | 2 Comments

Energie-Frage der Woche: Wie nutzt man die Energie der Sonne am besten?

Eine Leistung von 1367 Watt strahlt die Sonne auf jeden Quadratmeter Erde ab - ohne den Filter der Atmosphäre. Diese - in menschlichen Zeitmaßstäben - unendliche Energiequelle erwärmt unseren Planeten, lässt Pflanzen wachsen und ist der Motor von Wind und Wetter. An äquatornahen, sonnigen Standorten wie der Sahara summiert sich der Energieeintrag der Sonne über das Jahr zu 2000 bis 2500 Kilowattstunden je Quadratmeter. Doch mit welcher Technik lässt sich aus Sonnenlicht am meisten Strom gewinnen? read more

Energy Blog | 26. July 2010 | 2 Comments

Energy question of the week: What is the best way to harness solar energy?

On average, sunlight illuminates every single square metre of the Earth with 1340 watts of power. Measured on human timescales, this energy source is infinite; it warms our planet, enables plants to grow and is the engine driving the winds and weather. But which technology is best able to harness the power of sunlight? read more