Energy efficiency, materials and resources (EMR)

Five Helmholtz Centres are advancing their established expertise in characterising energy-related materials through the EMR programme. A key strength of this programme is the employment of each centre’s major research facilities. Since energy-related materials as a rule are exposed to extreme conditions, such as temperature fluctuations or corrosive gases for example, researchers want to identify processes in materials that limit their operating life or influence their efficiency.

HZB research is focussing on material systems made up of thin-film composites and three-dimensional material composite architectures that efficiently convert solar energy into usable forms of energy.

New developments in the Renewable Energies Programme (RE), such as nanocomposites based on nanowires for example, will be characterised here using correlation analysis. The new Energy Materials In situ Laboratory (EMIL) will become a key research facility in this effort.