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    News 22.06.2016

    Collectors putting the heat on the automotive industry

    Solar thermal energy has great potential up to 250 degrees Celsius. Apart from space heating and domestic hot water, only a fraction of it is used for other purposes. Therefore, researchers aim to make solar process heat usable in the automotive industry. A joint German-Austrian project has now been launched.  more...
     

    Berlin drills for the heating transition

    The research project ATES is to clarify whether or not Berlin's geological subsurface aquifers are suitable for the seasonal storage of heat and cold. These aquifers could store excess heat from summer up until the heating season starts, and then supply entire neighbourhoods. At the end of February 2016, the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences  in Potsdam started drilling an exploration well on the campus of TU Berlin. The well has now reached its final depth of 560 metres. In a BINE interview, Professor Ernst Huenges speaks about goals and prospects.  more...
     
    News 18.05.2016

    Pilot production launched for superconductors

    He had to wait 30 years for this moment: Dr Georg Bednorz, a Nobel Laureate in Physics, was present in the Rhineland town of Rheinbach to see the pilot production of high-temperature superconductors begin. It is intended to provide further insights into the manufacture of these almost resistance-free conductors and pave the way for their large-scale series production. The technology is therefore taking a further step towards market maturity.  more...
     

    Storing heat until winter

    To be able to use summer heat for heating during the winter, hot water storage systems have to be very large. Small storage systems cool down too quickly. With this in mind, seasonal storage tanks have been developed almost exclusively for housing estates or very large consumers. Now researchers have created a new long-term storage system which is also suitable for single-family homes.  more...
     

    The building serves as a heat storage tank

    Buildings with high solar shares of fraction require large water tanks to store heat. Researchers have developed a space-saving alternative: excess heat is stored in the ceilings of the building via building element activation. Scientists are currently testing the concept in an experimental building near Hanover. They now have the results of the first year of operation.  more...
     
    News 28.04.2016

    Mechanical mass production of rotor blades

    The rotor blades of wind turbines are still mostly made by hand. This is due to the low piece numbers involved. So how would it be possible to produce them faster, cheaper and with a greater degree of precision? Automated production is now possible in the BladeMaker factory in Bremerhaven. Eight process steps are combined into a single step. The production facility has now been inaugurated.  more...
     

    BINE interview with Professor Dr. Siegfried Heier

    Further developments of converter technology will be necessary for wind turbines to support any grid improvements. Decentralised coupling and decoupling of power ought to be possible in the future high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electric power transmission system. In this BINE interview, Professor Dr Siegfried Heier lists future focal points of technological development in the wind energy sector.  more...
     
    News 04.04.2016

    Energy storage systems in 2030

    What role will functional storage systems play in the energy supply system of the future? Which system infrastructure can economically secure a reliable energy supply in 2030? And what measures must the government take so that this system infrastructure can prevail on the market? Scientists at the Research Center for Energy Economics (FfE) are trying to get to the bottom of these questions with an ongoing study. The results are now available.  more...
     

    Energy-efficient use of university buildings

    Using the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as an example, researchers want to show how efficiency improvements can pave the way for a climate-neutral university campus. In the project HoEff-CIM, the buildings are reproduced and evaluated in a model with the aim of developing appropriate refurbishment strategies and an energy management system for building operation.  more...
     

    Stadtwerke Augsburg testing superconducting fault current limiter

    The ASSIST project shows how decentralised feed-in systems can be safely integrated into a medium-voltage network. Since 15 March, a superconducting fault current limiter ensures that the electricity fed from a cogeneration engine test rig into the electricity grid belonging to Stadtwerke Augsburg municipal utility company is protected against short circuits. Last week, Thomas Janetscheck from Stadtwerke Augsburg presented the system at the ZIEHL V superconductor conference in Munich.  more...
     

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