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News 14.12.2016

Refurbishment roadmaps for districts

So far, the rate of refurbishment of the building stock has been around one per cent. How could the annual refurbishment rate be increased significantly – to about three per cent? Together with municipalities, researchers are looking into obstacles while developing refurbishment plans for differently structured model districts. As planning instruments, these plans are intended to help municipalities tap into previously unused refurbishment potentials.  more...
 
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News 26.10.2016

Learning and working in an energy-plus school

Uhland School in Stuttgart, which dates back to the 1950s, no longer accorded with today's structural and energetic standards. The renovation work is now almost complete and the City of Stuttgart is getting its first energy-plus school. A photovoltaic system on the roof and façade of the building covers the electricity requirement.  more...
 
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New wind energy test field in southern Germany

Because of the pronounced terrain structures, wind farms in low mountain ranges have to cope with more turbulent wind conditions than in lowland areas. These meteorological conditions mean that development and maintenance costs have been higher up to now in landlocked mountainous areas, while precise profit forecasts are more difficult. A new wind energy test field belonging to the southern German research group WindForS now aims to close the gaps in meteorological knowledge and optimise the wind turbine engineering.  more...
 
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News 19.12.2016

Networked factory stabilises the grid

The factory of the future is flexible and networks the energy flows between machinery and buildings. The so-called Phi Factory is not only very energy-efficient, it also helps stabilise the electrical supply grid. The new model factory relies on a high share of renewable energy and helps smooth out electricity supply fluctuations.  more...
 
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Impact of defects can be calculated

Large wind turbine components are made of cast iron with spheroidal graphite. During their production, however, chemical reactions can cause defects. These casting defects are called dross and their impact on component lifetime has, to date, only been evaluated using assumed material characteristics. There is a measure of uncertainty involved in providing evidence of their occurance. New non-destructive test methods should now be able to evaluate dross more reliably.  more...
 
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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...
 
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Solar thermal and photovoltaic power plants in comparison

How will the market for photovoltaic and solar thermal power plants develop in the coming decades? Which technology is economically more efficient? And what opportunities are offered by combined power plant systems in sunny regions? A study carried out by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has investigated the development of these power plants until 2030.  more...
 
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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...
 
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Concrete sphere in the sea successfully stores electricity

How can energy be stored near offshore wind farms in the future? Researchers have developed a new storage system that works with hollow spheres on the seabed. The principle is similar to conventional pumped storage power plants. At the end of 2016, the researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES tested a three-metre concrete prototype in Lake Constance. The test results are highly promising.  more...
 
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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...
 

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