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    Cheaper production of solar cells

    There is intense competition in the market for photovoltaic systems. With constantly new innovations, the manufacturers are reducing their production costs and are increasing the efficiency of the cells and modules. For this purpose they are improving the production processes along the chain from silicon to the module. Companies and research facilities are working together to produce high-quality silicon crystals and wafers that save as much material as possible. They are also improving the material quality using an innovative solidification process for quasi-monocrystalline silicon. And with a new separation process they are producing more wafers from the same amount of silicon.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 01/2017

    Superconductors for the medium-voltage grid

    Scientists are testing the longest high-temperature superconducting cable in the world under real conditions in Essen. One kilometre long, it connects two substations in the inner city. It replaces a conventional 110 kV line and renders one substation in the inner city obsolete. After two years of testing, it has passed the field test. It could be a blueprint for the future power supply system in urban areas.  more...
     

    Communication concept for deep geothermal energy

    Technical innovations can only be successful if they are supported by the public. Plants for utilising renewable energies are also dependent on this backing. Early and comprehensive communication with the public is therefore indispensable. For deep geothermal energy, scientists have analysed public perceptions and have developed a communication concept. It offers operators and authorities a wealth of ideas and support for active and transparent public relations.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 16/2016

    The smarter blade gives in

    Onshore and offshore, rotor blades need to be able to withstand rapidly changing wind directions and variable wind intensities. But how can rotor blades be better equipped for such situations than previously? Researchers have designed so-called smart blades that can adapt to changing wind conditions passively or with active components – and at the same time maximise the energy yield of the wind turbine.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 15/2016

    Reducing energy use from waste treatment

    Residual household waste lands in the grey waste container. It is either thermally exploited in a waste incineration plant, or it is taken to a plant for mechanicalbiological waste treatment. Here, the waste is sorted: Energy-rich parts are used for energy, while metals are recycled. The residues are treated in rotting boxes before disposal on landfills. The exhaust air from the process has to be purified. This takes up almost two-thirds of the energy consumption of waste treatment plants. Researchers, in collaboration with their project partners, have developed a more efficient method.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 14/2016

    Steel pistons for more efficient diesel engines

    With a new cooling concept, an automotive industry supplier is expanding the range of applications for steel pistons in diesel engines. The Stuttgart-based company is testing a liquid alloy comprising sodium and potassium, which dissipates heat from the particularly thermally loaded piston head. This innovative steel piston concept is designed to enable even further increases in the specific power of car diesel engines. In the case of long-running engines for industrial applications and commercial vehicles, the component and engine oil load is significantly reduced while the expected service life and oil change intervals are prolonged.  more...
     

    The hotline in the grid

    The electricity grid that has been used for decades reaches its limits when transporting increasing amounts of electricity over long distances. There are already limiting bottlenecks. One way to integrate more wind and solar power into the grid is provided by overhead lines with a higher maximum temperature. These can transport more electricity, enabling grid congestion to be avoided. One problem, though, is that metals expand more at high temperatures. As a result the line lengthens and sags more. However, special high-temperature conductors can provide a remedy here.  more...
     

    Measuring wind potential in low mountain ranges

    One of the highest meteorological masts in Europe is situated on Rödeser Berg, a hill near Kassel. The research facility with its measurement devices records the wind conditions up to a height of 200 metres. The aim is to measure the impact of forest areas and low mountain ranges on the wind profile and flow characteristics. The results will help to improve the meteorological models for assessing sites, will make it possible to estimate the loads on individual system components in more detail and will help to further develop the laser-based LiDAR method.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 11/2016

    Metal foam – a material for heat engineering

    Metal foams are increasingly developing into materials with diverse uses. While metal foams with closed pores have already become established as rigid and strong lightweight materials, the open-cell variant is suitable for thermal engineering applications. Until now, the material has been rarely used in heat exchangers or coolers because the production is expensive and its application little tested. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden now want to change this.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 10/2016

    Fuel cell generates electricity and heat for homes

    Highly efficient, low-emission and quiet: as small-scale combined-heat-and-power stations, new fuel cell heating units produce heat energy and electrical energy with an efficiency of over 90 per cent. They have proven themselves in extensive tests in single and two-family homes, and their operation and design have been improved incrementally. The first units are now on the market. They run on natural gas, and on hydrogen and methane produced using renewable energy or biomass. Decentralised fuel cells can generate demand-oriented electricity, and they can be used in a grid-friendly or grid-independent way.  more...
     

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