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    News 10.10.2016

    Storing surplus electricity in the natural gas network

    Surplus electricity can be used in Power-to-Gas systems to generate hydrogen by means of electrolysis. Downstream methanation provides a possibility for storing the remaining gas that cannot be directly used or fed into the natural gas network. The initial, highly promising results for a newly developed biological process have now been presented. The test facility has a low energy requirement and the process is continuous. The system is suitable for decentralised and small systems.  more...

    Expanding the electricity grid for the energy transition

    Experts from science, industry and politics met on 22 and 23 September 2016 at the first status conference on "Future-proof Power Grids" in Berlin. More than 300 delegates followed the invitation of the German federal government and offered an insight into their current research on the subject of grid expansion. Since the beginning of the "Future-proof Power Grids" funding initiative in 2013, the participating German federal ministries have funded more than 300 projects with around 140 million euros.  more...

    Exhaust heat cools lorry cab

    Time for a break! The driver stops his lorry at the truck stop. To ensure that the cabin also remains cool even in summer, the engine also continues idling when the lorry is parked, often for hours. This produces noise and wastes fuel. However, researchers at the University of Stuttgart have now demonstrated that pleasant temperatures can still be reached even when the engine is switched off and there are no additional energy inputs. They have developed a special adsorption chiller. This utilises the exhaust heat produced while driving for air-conditioning the parked vehicle.  more...
    News 14.09.2016

    Research on large-scale battery storage system

    The modular, large-scale M5BAT battery storage system recently began operating in Aachen, Germany. With a 5 MW output and a storage capacity of 5 megawatt-hours, it is the largest battery storage system currently being researched. Together with industrial partners, scientists at RWTH Aachen are testing the interaction of five different battery types and are developing business models for decentralised storage systems in actual grid operation.  more...

    Networked micro-CHP plant in field test

    Small engine-based cogeneration plants and fuel cells can be combined together and operated as a network. Such a regional virtual power plant (RVPP) is currently being tested by researchers at the TU Dresden and EWE AG in the Oldenburg area. They are developing control and regulation concepts for operating in networked systems until the end of 2017.  more...

    Video inspection tool brings light into the darkness

    Scientists in Karlsruhe are developing a camera inspection system for deep geothermal drilling holes. The device must be able to withstand strong pressure and high temperatures. This presents a particular challenge for the electronic components. A first draft design for the system has now been completed.  more...
    News 17.08.2016

    Rotor blades with elastic front edges

    During the course of their operation, countless raindrops land on the leading edge of the rotor blades used on wind turbines. Despite the special coatings and films applied to these edges, this damages the surface. Over time, this causes erosion to the leading edge of the blades. A research project is therefore testing a new approach: in future, elastic leading blade edges could solve the problem.  more...
    News 11.08.2016

    Pilot production of thermoelectric modules

    Thermoelectric generators convert waste heat directly into electricity. They utilise temperature differences and are paving the way for more energy-efficient production processes. However, the technology has previously led a niche existence because the module production is labour-intensive and therefore expensive. Researchers from Freiburg now want to improve this.  more...

    Ceramic cube reduces gas losses

    Scientists have developed a new ceramic heat exchanger for industrial furnaces. This can transmit considerably more exhaust heat to the combustion media than the metal recuperators currently used in high-temperature furnaces in the process industry. The new ceramic recuperator thereby decreases the exhaust gas losses to less than 25 per cent.  more...
    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...


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