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    News 15.12.2014

    Heating system keeps rotor blades ice-free

    In cold climate zones, the wind is particularly strong meaning best conditions for a wind turbine. However, in the cold temperatures there is the danger of ice that can freeze onto rotor blades. This can lead to imbalances, impairment of the rotor blade’s aerodynamics and a drop in the efficiency of the turbine. The so-called carbon-nanotube coating offers a solution.  more...
     
    News 20.11.2014

    How electric vehicles can be of use to the grid

    The batteries in electric vehicles can store surplus energy from the electricity grid. By the same token, they can feed back electrical energy to the grid at times of high demand for electricity. As part of the NET-INES project, scientists are investigating different charging and discharging strategies as well as the opportunities to market this service. For this purpose, they surveyed more than 600 vehicle owners.  more...
     
    News 18.11.2014

    The Sistine Chapel in a new light

    Over the last number of months, the Sistine Chapel has been fitted out with LEDs as part of an EU pilot project. The LEDs provide greatly enhanced illumination compared to the existing lighting system dating back to the 1980s and consume less than half the amount of electricity. The spectrum of an LED contains virtually no ultraviolet and infrared radiation that might damage the artworks. This means that, unlike before, the lights can now be used directly inside the building.  more...
     
    News 11.11.2014

    Low-cost collector integration in buildings

    To promote the spread of solar thermal energy further, the cost of system components must come down. Under the stewardship of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, scientists have developed collectors with absorbers and coverings produced from low-cost plastic. Over 30 terraced houses in the Mortensrud neighbourhood near Oslo in Norway have been fitted with the new technology and showcased recently to the public.  more...
     

    Thermochemical storage systems for continuous load

    Through the “Thermochemical energy storage unit for thermal power plants and industrial heat” project (TcET), researchers at TU Munich hope to increase the flexibility of fossil fuel power plants. The trick in all of this: If no or a reduced volume of electrical power is required, the plant does not power down. The surplus energy rather is temporarily stored in thermochemical storage systems.  more...
     
    News 05.11.2014

    New coating protects masts from corrosion

    Submerged sections of offshore plants provide the ideal habitat for colonisation by mussels and microorganisms. This can lead to biologically-induced corrosion and premature wear. To inhibit this, new coatings and surface structures are being developed by 14 partners from science and industry in the Foulprotect project. These are intended to protect plant foundations against "biofouling".  more...
     
    News 29.10.2014

    Chemical industry launches ENPRO initiative

    Through the ENPRO research initiative, chemical corporations BASF, Bayer and Evonik hope to bring to the market new products much more quickly from the lab and establish more energy-efficient manufacturing processes in cooperation with other companies and universities. The initiative envisages the application of continuous production processes for small product volumes too in the special chemicals sector and the phasing out thereby of batch-based manufacture. In doing so, the partner institutions are seeking to develop new methods and system and equipment concepts.  more...
     
    News 24.10.2014

    COORETEC celebrates 10 years of power plant research

    In October, the COORETEC research initiative organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy celebrated its tenth anniversary in Berlin. In recent years, around 500 research projects have been initiated and funded with more than 500 million euros invested by both the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and the industry.  more...
     

    Industrially producing superconductors

    High-temperature superconductors enable electricity to be generated and transported much more efficiently than previously. However, high production costs have until now curbed their more widespread utilisation – especially uses that go beyond special applications and pilot projects such as AmpaCity. The thin-film specialist Deutsche Nanoschicht and the equipment engineering company Theva are therefore working to improve the production of second generation high-temperature superconductors (HTS) and to scale them up to an industrial standard.  more...
     
    News 06.10.2014

    Optimal integration of photovoltaic systems in the grid

    More and more photovoltaic systems feed electricity into the distribution grid. If the electricity generated locally is not used locally by consumers, this can increase the voltage in the grid. In the PV-Integrated research project, scientists are developing inverter control systems which help stabilise the grid. The new models are currently being evaluated in field tests.  more...
     

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