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ARD-WISSEN documentary: "The Renewable Revolution"

This two-part documentary provides an overview of existing solutions for the global energy transition as well as the challenges involved. It shows that the change to sustainable energy sources must be driven not only in laboratories and power plants, but also by those responsible and decision-makers.

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GEo+ Magazine/TU Ilmenau

GEO+ Magazine

Artificial photosynthesis: Researchers want to generate energy from leaves! Photosynthesis - the energy of the future? How artificial leaves will even make airplanes climate-friendly. Each leaf is a small factory that tirelessly creates the plant's fuel, glucose, from water, carbon dioxide and sunlight.

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UNI Online

How can we meet the challenges of the energy transition? What contribution can Thuringia and the TU Ilmenau make to climate protection and sustainable power generation based on renewable energies? And what is the current state of research on direct solar hydrogen production, artificial photosynthesis? This is what Vice President of the German Bundestag and Member of Parliament for Thuringia Katrin Göring-Eckardt discussed yesterday with Vice President for Research and Young Scientists Prof. Stefan Sinzinger, Prof. Thomas Hannappel, Head of the Department of Fundamentals of Energy Materials, and other scientists from TU Ilmenau.

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ARD Mediathek


Where is all the hydrogen going to come from? To produce green hydrogen, you need a lot of regeneratively generated energy. Because Germany doesn't have that easily, scientists at TU Ilmenau are now researching another idea.

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Artificial leaves on semiconductors

Many research groups worldwide are working on a form of artificial photosynthesis in which light absorption and material conversion take place in a single object.

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Knowledge Magazine Scobel - No Life Without Light

Physicists are researching ways to replicate the sun on Earth and thus meet the ever-increasing demand for energy. Light also has great symbolic power in the religions of this world and is an important part of our language.
Gert Scobel illuminates these and many other aspects of light with his guests, Prof. Thomas Hannappel, Prof. Jutta Papenbrock and Prof. Manuela Stadlober-Temmer.

To the 3sat streaming video from 03.11.2022

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Research project achieves record efficiency in converting carbon dioxide into fuels

In an international research project with the participation of Ilmenau University of Technology, scientists have succeeded in developing a sunlight-powered device that converts carbon dioxide directly into usable fuels with an efficiency of more than five percent.

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P.M. Wissensmagazin/Christoph Gorke

Is this the energy of the future?
With the power of nature

Like magic, plants produce energy from sunlight and CO2. Researchers, including Prof. Thomas Hannappel, are trying to use the principle of photosynthesis for the energy transition - and even surpass nature in the process.

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TMWWDG/Michael Reichel

Scientist honored with Thuringia Research Award 2022

Professor Hannappel from Technische Universität Ilmenau and his team of researchers have won the Thuringian Research Award 2022 in the "Basic Research" category. With its research work, the team of scientists achieved significant progress in the development of semiconductor structures for the efficient use of solar energy to generate green hydrogen - possibly the renewable energy carrier of the future.

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Christoph Gorke

5 Questions about the DEPECOR project

Prof. Hannappel explains the intended production of solar fuels by means of both water splitting and CO2 reduction

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Green hydrogen:

Prof. Thomas Hannappel decodes interfaces for a sustainable energy supply of the future

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