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Climate change is moving much faster than we are. Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are higher than they have been for 800,000 years. Alarmingly, this year saw the first increase in CO2 emissions in three years. The past five years have been the hottest period on record. We are in a war for the very existence of life on our planet as we know it, but we have an important ally science and technology.

António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations

Remarks at One Planet summit, December 12, 2017

A Herculean task these are the words Angela Merkel used for the German energy transition in her government statement on the nuclear phase-out and the increased feed-in of renewable energies for power generation in 2011. Concrete targets were set in the Renewable Energy Sources Act(German: Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG)) of July 23, 2014. The share of energy generated from renewable sources in the overall electricity consumption is to be increased to at least 80% by 2050. For comparison: In 2015, the share of renewable energies was around 32%.

A key challenge of the transition towards renewable energies is the alternating power generation that comes with fluctuating energy sources (i.e., sun and wind). These fluctuations have to be balanced by energy storage systems. In the long term, next generation storage technologies are needed to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex energy supply.

To address this issue, we develop electrochemical energy storage systems without the use of undesirable raw materials, aggressive acids, rare earths, vanadium, cobalt, lead or other heavy metals. Instead, environmentally friendly alternatives from ceramics, plastics (polymers), glasses or carbons, which are available in Germany and Europe, are used.

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2019-05-08
DFG Priority Programme "Polymer-based Batteries"
Call for project proposals and homepage published
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Symbolbild Katholyt + Anolyt
2019-05-02
Filming for "Galileo spezial" at CEEC Jena
Broadcast on 28 April at 07.05 p.m.
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film team at work
2019-04-15
Organic Battery Days 2019
Preliminary Programme online!
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Testing of a Pouch cell
2019-04-15
Hannover Messe 2019
We were at the world's leading trade fair for industry to present our polymer-based energy storage technology.
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Ministerpräsident am Stand
2019-03-28
New publication in the "Journal of Power Sources"
In the recently published work, scientists from the research group led by Prof. Dr. Ulrich S. Schubert were able to show that ...
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A Redox-Flow-Battery
2019-03-13
Surprises with tin as electrode material for sodium ion batteries
New publication in the journal "Advanced Functional Materials" by Prof. Dr. Philipp Adelhelm's research group
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Dialysis of a polymer.
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