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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 | 30. August 2010 | 1 Comment

Energie-Frage der Woche: Lässt sich das Treibhausgas Kohlendioxid sicher im Untergrund speichern?

Braunkohlekraftwerke setzen pro erzeugter Kilowattstunde Strom mehr vom Treibhausgas Kohlendioxid frei als andere fossil befeuerte Anlagen. Gerade dieser Energieträger findet sich in Deutschland in großen Mengen. Auf gut 40 Milliarden Tonnen werden die wirtschaftlich im Tagebau förderbaren Kohlemengen beispielsweise in der Lausitz oder in der Niederrheinischen Bucht geschätzt. Das sind etwa 14 Prozent der weltweit erschlossenen Reserven. Ist daher eine Abtrennung und Speicherung des Kohlendioxids im Untergrund nicht sinnvoll? read more

Energy Blog | 30. August 2010 | 1 Comment

Energy question of the week: Can the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide be stored safely underground?

Coal-fired power stations release more carbon dioxide per kWh than any other fossil fuel facility, and Germany has a large number of just this sort of power station. It is estimated that around 40 billion tons of coal are stored in potential open cast deposits in Lusatia and the Lower Rhine Basin. That makes up 14 percent of world reserves. The question is, can the carbon dioxide emissions be captured and stored underground? read more