Opportunities and challenges of regenerative energy: the pivotal role of chemistry

The nuclear disaster in Japan is still emerging but political consequences are widely debated. The sensitive reaction in Germany is seen as indication for a more general distrust to energy policy rather than as a spontaneous outbreak of anxieties. Multiple changes in our energy scenario are debated. This contribution aims at underlining options and contributions of chemistry to the energy challenge covering only a fraction of the multi-dimensional problem. Despite the regional character of the present energy discussion (Germany accounts for about 2% of the global energy consumption) it is felt that the underlying concepts are of more general relevance. weiterlesen…

Sichere E-Mobility

E-Fahrzeuge unterliegen bestimmten gesetzlichen Sicherheitsanforderungen, die zum einem aus dem Straßenverkehrs-Zulassungsrecht und zum anderen aus dem Produkthaftungsrecht resultieren. Grundsätzlich regelt die Straßenverkehrszulassung die elektrische Sicherheit von E-Fahrzeugen. Neben allgemeinen Forderungen der Verkehrssicherheit gilt für E-Fahrzeuge die ECE-R 100, Einheitliche Bedingungen für die Genehmigung der Fahrzeuge hinsichtlich der besonderen Anforderungen an den Elektroantrieb. weiterlesen…

Chemie und Energiewende

Die politisch eingeleitete Energiewende verlangt nicht nur technologische und ökonomische Anstrengungen. Vielmehr zeigt eine wissenschaftliche Bestandsaufnahme, dass wir derzeit nicht über die grundlagenwissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse verfügen, um das Energiesystem nachhaltig auf regenerative Primärenergie umzustellen. Der Beitrag skizziert den Stand der Überlegungen und aktuelle Forschungs-Ergebnisse aus der Abteilung Anorganische Chemie des Fritz-Haber-Institutes. weiterlesen…

Fallings Walls: How Heterogeneous Catalysis Can Replace Fossil Fuels

Enerchem is an innovative research association initiated by the Max Planck Society that, instead of specializing in a particular scientific subject, focuses on issues that are commonly recognized as relevant across society. The project takes the well known topic of sustainable power supply, extrapolates the scientific problems that lie at its core, and spans across a multitude of research fields to find a concerted solution to challenges like the chemical foundations of a hydrogen-cycle economy, the development of nanochemically optimized materials for mobile energy storage, and models for effective decentralized production of energy. To oversee researches in the field of inorganic chemistry, Max Planck Society selected Robert Schlögl, who has authored approximately 500 publications, is a registered inventor of more than 20 patents, and is internationally recognized by organizations like the Royal Society of Chemistry for his investigation of heterogeneous catalysts based upon inorganic solids. At Falling Walls Prof Schlögl will explain how his efforts to bridge the gap between surface science and chemical engineering in the field of oxidation catalysis will help realize the dream of renewable energy. weiterlesen…