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    Producing rotor blades more quickly

    Scientists at the University of Bremen have developed a new automated process for the production of rotor blades together with partners from industry. A textile product is first cut to size mechanically, stacked, shaped in accordance with the subsequent blade design and then placed in the negative mould. This is followed by the injection of the resin. The process is intended to shorten production time and improve quality.  more...

    Research funding for the energy turnaround increasing

    Energy research contributes towards the development of the processes and technologies necessary for achieving the goals of the energy turnaround. The German government has been continuously increasing funding for energy research since 2006. In 2013 alone, it spent 100 million euros more on this than in the prior year. This reinforced above all the research areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It provided just under 300 million euros for each of these subjects.  more...

    Power consumption for computing centre halved

    Electricity consumption for a computing centre can be halved without restrictions for users. With this in mind, scientists in the AC4DC (Adaptive Computing for Green Data Centers) research project developed a new control system which optimally coordinates the server, cooling system and all other components of a computing centre. This holistic concept is based on a study of methods for optimising the energy consumption of computing centres.  more...
    News 17.07.2014

    Database shows output from renewables

    The sources of renewable energy –sun, wind, water and biomass – account for a large share of the electricity production in Germany. At the beginning of July 2014, solar energy covered the entire peak load. This is shown in the new online “Energy Charts” database at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.  more...
    News 16.07.2014

    Urban estate concept beats the competition

    20 teams from 16 countries competed in 10 categories: last weekend, the winners of the international university competition, the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, were presented with their awards. The Italian team beat the competition with its urban concept “RhOME for denCity” to win the first prize. The best German team, Rooftop from the Technische Universität Berlin, came fourth.  more...
    News 30.06.2014

    Application prospects for hydrogen storage systems

    Can large-scale hydrogen storage systems help pave the way for renewable energy? Scientists from several research institutes investigated the technical and economic requirements for this in the PlanDelyKaD research project. The research focused on hydrogen electrolysis and gas storage in salt caverns. The study also revealed the method’s potential on the market.  more...
    News 17.06.2014

    Removable interior insulation for historic monuments

    Insulating the interior of listed historic buildings can conflict with building preservation orders: room surfaces are often invaluable witnesses of the past. These surfaces can come loose when the glued insulating wall panels are removed. Together with industrial partners, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP are developing safely detachable interior insulation systems for a building of the Benediktbeuern monastery. Further partners can join the project until August.  more...
    News 10.06.2014

    Concept for refurbishment with an expansion of living space

    Last Monday, students at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences completed the construction of their OnTop building prototype, and celebrated this with an event at the site. Previously, the building on the premises of the prefabricated house manufacturers Bien-Zenker had been constructed on a trial basis before it will enter the international university competition Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 in Versailles, France, later this month. With this concept, the team from Frankfurt am Main aims to combine the redevelopment of urban living space with storey additions.  more...
    News 02.06.2014

    Modular roof pavilion with solar active facade

    Last Friday was the day: Berlin students celebrated the construction of their roof pavilion Rooftop. This building concept allows existing town houses to be upgraded with energy-plus housing units. Several night shifts were necessary to install the hinged solar facade on schedule. Later this month, the prototype building will enter the international university competition Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 in Versailles, France.  more...

    Compact grid nodes for low-loss electricity transmission

    The development of compact switching points for DC transmission solves a problem caused by the grid expansion: the grid nodes and feed-in systems are becoming smaller and can thus be installed more conveniently in urban areas and on platforms for offshore wind farms. Siemens’ development manager Denis Imamovic is today presenting the latest results of the research project at the Berliner Energietage conference.  more...


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