Shaping the Energy System of the Future

Jul 29, 2019 - 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

SLAC, Kavli Auditorium

(Doors open at 3:15pm for refreshments and discussion)


Wolfgang Eberhardt, DESY-CFEL


The secure, sustainable and affordable supply of energy in the face of a growing population and increasing standard of living is one of the grand challenges of our global society. Rising concerns about air pollution and manmade climate change with not exactly predictable consequences demand innovative new technologies in the way we produce electrical power, heat or cool our buildings, and organize mobility and transport. This has to include all aspects of generation (conversion) transport, storage and efficient utilization of energy. I will outline a general scenario of our future energy system for the transformation. Developing new concepts and materials for electric power storage in conjunction with renewable energy sources, coupled with efficient distribution systems, are one important aspect to meet this challenge. New technology for transport systems and the generation of chemical fuels without increasing the CO2 content in the atmosphere is another key ingredient.

Speaker Information:
Wolfgang Eberhardt studied Physics in Giessen and Hamburg, where he graduated in 1978. He was a postdoc and Assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania and later joined EXXON Exxon Research and Eng. Co. In 1991 he was appointed director of the Institute "Electronic Properties" at IFF Jülich and professor at Univ. of Cologne (Germany). In 2001 he was appointed as scientific director of BESSY in Berlin and professor at the TU Berlin. In 2003 he received an honorary PhD from Uppsala University. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director at HZB for "Energy Research" and since 2011 he is at DESY-CFEL. In 2016 he retired from TU Berlin.

Wolfgang Eberhardt's Research Areas are:

  • Electronic structure of atoms, molecules, and solids determined by photoemission and synchrotron radiation related techniques;
  • Development of angle resolved photoemission to study the band structure of solids, surfaces and interfaces;
  • Electronic structure and magnetism of thin films and nanostructures; femtosecond magnetization dynamics;
  • Electronic properties and structure of clusters;
  • Core electron excitation and dynamic screening processes in molecules and solids;
  • femtosecond two-photon-photoemission spectroscopy of clusters and solids;
  • Scattering and holography with coherent synchrotron radiation.
  • Energy Research, Renewable Energies, Photovoltaics.