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    News 26.07.2016

    Hydrogen – storing energy in metals

    Metal hydrides store hydrogen and heat. Their use in thermochemical storage systems is hampered, however, by the material's poor heat conductivity. To increase the charging and discharging performance, researchers are pelletising the material together with graphite, which has a high thermal conductivity. With different metal hydrides they can cover the temperature range from room temperature up to 400 degrees Celsius.  more...
     
    News 18.07.2016

    First liquid salt storage facility with one tank

    High-temperature heat storage tanks ensure that power plants work more flexibly and industrial process heat can be temporarily stored. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have therefore developed a heat storage tank for temperatures up to 560 degrees Celsius, which stores the heat in molten salt. Construction work on the testing facility began at the start of July 2016.  more...
     
    News 13.07.2016

    New lighting strategies for streets, footpaths and squares

    LED is the future of street lighting. The LED Walkway on the grounds of Berlin’s Technology Museum, which opened in March 2015, demonstrates potential applications. The lighting technology developed allows the lighting level and light conditions to be adapted to external factors such as weather conditions and traffic volume. Spaces can now be set to a defined brightness with minimum stray light. The “StEffi Street Lighting” research project, launched in May, aims to develop and evaluate concepts for space-specific lighting and increase the potential savings with LED technology.  more...
     
    News 04.07.2016

    A town acts as a storage system

    How can urban regions contribute more to the energy transition? To find this out, scientists are investigating virtual energy storage systems in Herten in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Wunsiedel in Bavaria. The field trial started on 30 June 2016.  more...
     

    Lampertheim is testing efficiency concepts for medium-sized towns

    To improve the energy supplied to medium-sized towns both ecologically and economically, researchers are developing a planning tool based on the German town of Lampertheim. It is intended to be used for all types of energy as part of local climate protection measures, when creating district concepts as well as in energy concepts for development plans.  more...
     
    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...
     

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