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    News 21.02.2018

    Monitoring verifies energy savings

    Systems with integrated phase change materials (PCMs) offer considerable potential for heating and cooling buildings more efficiently. However, so far there has been very little practical experience that has been underpinned by reliable measurement and monitoring data. In the PCM-Demo II research project, eight partners from research and industry are investigating and assessing PCM systems in various applications in the building sector. The preliminary results are now available.  more...
    News 15.02.2018

    Testing new foundations for offshore wind turbines

    Until now, most support structures for offshore wind turbines rest on piles that have been driven deep into the sand. This construction method causes noise and high technical complexity. An alternative to this are suction buckets. These are steel cylinders open at the bottom and closed at the top, which externally resemble inverted buckets and are sucked into the ground by artificial negative pressure inside. Large-scale tests are currently underway at Testzentrum Tragstrukturen in Hanover in order to optimise the installation of the bodies and investigate possible compressive and tensile loads.  more...

    Solar cell uses front and back

    So-called bifacial solar cells can convert incident light into electrical current both on their fronts and backs. They are up to 30 per cent more powerful than conventional monofacial cells that use only their fronts. The hitherto very complicated production of such double-sided solar cells has now been made simpler and less expensive by means of a newly developed doping process.  more...

    Ventilating operating theatres energy-efficiently

    How can the high energy consumption required for ventilating “clean rooms” in healthcare and industrial production be reduced while ensuring equal or even better protection against airborne particles and germs? This question was investigated by researchers from Hermann-Rietschel-Institut (HRI). They built a research laboratory with two cleanrooms. The results provide a detailed picture of the air flow processes and improved design principles for constructing and operating cleanrooms.  more...

    Modern living in an historic urban district

    The Margaretenau residential district in Regensburg is being modernised to improve its energy efficiency. The designers are developing a solar-active and -adaptive exterior render system as a replacement for conventional thermal insulation for the facades. This should increase the solar yields and improve the thermal comfort inside the buildings. The energy supply will be provided by a new and efficient hybrid heating system consisting of cogeneration and heat pump technology.  more...

    When are flexible district heating systems beneficial?

    The integration of thermal storage in cogeneration plants leads to more flexibility in district heating networks because the power generation can be better adapted to the power requirements. Power-to-heat systems couple the electricity and heating sectors to utilise renewable electricity for district heating. Together with partners from science and industry, researchers at the TU Berlin have investigated when the construction of heat storage and power-to-heat systems can be economically and ecologically beneficial.  more...
    News 23.01.2018

    Software assesses lifecycle costs

    Building projects often specify components that are the cheapest to buy – which in the long run is not always the most cost-effective and efficient solution. Together with Dresden scientists, software provider Hottgenroth has developed a program module that helps to determine and optimise the lifecycle costs of components and system technology. It is now available as a module integrated into existing energy consulting and planning software.  more...
    News 17.01.2018

    Closing security loopholes in power grids

    The way in which electricity distribution networks operate is changing considerably as a result of the energy transition. Decentralised systems are increasingly being connected via the Internet with the central control rooms of the energy providers for control purposes. The risks that can arise due to security loopholes in the information system are accordingly growing. In a guide, researchers at Bremen University of Applied Sciences show how the operational management can be secured and how the risks can be limited if measures fail.  more...

    Virtual further development of system technology

    A current challenge for the wind industry is to counter the economic pressures from the electricity market with innovative concepts. However, the route that needs to be taken until new turbines and components reach market maturity is long. In order to save time and expensive phases on the test rig, many investigations can be simulated in advance on the computer. The new WindMUSE simulation environment is multidisciplinary, integrates existing submodels using a common language and enables real-time testing. The aim is to depict wind turbines with a precision comparable to that customary in the aviation industry.  more...

    Sphere storage system receives German Renewables Award

    One year ago, scientists sank a concrete sphere one hundred metres below the surface of Lake Constance. The three-metre-diameter hollow body provided a functional model for an offshore pumped storage power plant. Now they have received the “German Renewables Award 2017” for their research work. The developers at Fraunhofer IWES are already planning the next step.  more...


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