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    "We have to increase our efforts!"

    The first ENERGIEWENDEBAUEN conference took place in Berlin from 30 - 31 January, 2017. Some 350 participants from research, academia, architecture and planning offices, politics, energy suppliers, cities and municipalities as well as the real estate industry discussed how the energy supply of buildings and districts could be made future-proof. The aim of the German federal government is to create a climate-neutral building stock by 2050. This will not be easy to achieve.  more...
     

    Fresh air without mechanical ventilation

    Ventilating non-residential buildings naturally but in a controlled manner saves primary energy and requires lower investment and operating costs than mechanical ventilation systems. Scientists from Stuttgart University have therefore developed a ventilation concept that ensures a good indoor environment and reduces the electricity consumption for operating the ventilation system.  more...
     

    New wind energy test field in southern Germany

    Because of the pronounced terrain structures, wind farms in low mountain ranges have to cope with more turbulent wind conditions than in lowland areas. These meteorological conditions mean that development and maintenance costs have been higher up to now in landlocked mountainous areas, while precise profit forecasts are more difficult. A new wind energy test field belonging to the southern German research group WindForS now aims to close the gaps in meteorological knowledge and optimise the wind turbine engineering.  more...
     

    Concrete sphere in the sea successfully stores electricity

    How can energy be stored near offshore wind farms in the future? Researchers have developed a new storage system that works with hollow spheres on the seabed. The principle is similar to conventional pumped storage power plants. At the end of 2016, the researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES tested a three-metre concrete prototype in Lake Constance. The test results are highly promising.  more...
     
    News 19.12.2016

    Networked factory stabilises the grid

    The factory of the future is flexible and networks the energy flows between machinery and buildings. The so-called Phi Factory is not only very energy-efficient, it also helps stabilise the electrical supply grid. The new model factory relies on a high share of renewable energy and helps smooth out electricity supply fluctuations.  more...
     

    Impact of defects can be calculated

    Large wind turbine components are made of cast iron with spheroidal graphite. During their production, however, chemical reactions can cause defects. These casting defects are called dross and their impact on component lifetime has, to date, only been evaluated using assumed material characteristics. There is a measure of uncertainty involved in providing evidence of their occurance. New non-destructive test methods should now be able to evaluate dross more reliably.  more...
     
    News 14.12.2016

    Refurbishment roadmaps for districts

    So far, the rate of refurbishment of the building stock has been around one per cent. How could the annual refurbishment rate be increased significantly – to about three per cent? Together with municipalities, researchers are looking into obstacles while developing refurbishment plans for differently structured model districts. As planning instruments, these plans are intended to help municipalities tap into previously unused refurbishment potentials.  more...
     
    News 24.11.2016

    FLOX burners turn mega

    In many high-temperature processes, so-called FLOX burners provide optimum fuel utilisation with low pollutant emissions. Flameless oxidation – known as FLOX – has already become established in the middle output range between 20 and 300 kilowatts. Scientists are now working as part of the Mega-FLOX project to expand the output range. This opens up new areas of application.  more...
     

    It's turbulent offshore

    In offshore wind farms, the front turbines receive the most wind. They cause kilometre-long vortexes with slower wind and increased turbulence, which affects the downstream wind turbines. Previous methods that mimic such wakes are inaccurate or require considerable computation. In order to better understand these wake effects, scientists have therefore developed a new model and software to help optimise farms.  more...
     

    Solar thermal and photovoltaic power plants in comparison

    How will the market for photovoltaic and solar thermal power plants develop in the coming decades? Which technology is economically more efficient? And what opportunities are offered by combined power plant systems in sunny regions? A study carried out by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has investigated the development of these power plants until 2030.  more...
     

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