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News 16.07.2014

Urban estate concept beats the competition

20 teams from 16 countries competed in 10 categories: last weekend, the winners of the international university competition, the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, were presented with their awards. The Italian team beat the competition with its urban concept “RhOME for denCity” to win the first prize. The best German team, Rooftop from the Technische Universität Berlin, came fourth.  more...
 
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News 17.06.2014

Removable interior insulation for historic monuments

Insulating the interior of listed historic buildings can conflict with building preservation orders: room surfaces are often invaluable witnesses of the past. These surfaces can come loose when the glued insulating wall panels are removed. Together with industrial partners, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP are developing safely detachable interior insulation systems for a building of the Benediktbeuern monastery. Further partners can join the project until August.  more...
 
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News 17.07.2014

Database shows output from renewables

The sources of renewable energy –sun, wind, water and biomass – account for a large share of the electricity production in Germany. At the beginning of July 2014, solar energy covered the entire peak load. This is shown in the new online “Energy Charts” database at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.  more...
 
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News 19.05.2014

Rotating receiver heats up ceramic beads

Until now, tube receivers have been used in solar tower power plants to absorb the concentrated solar rays and convert them into heat. The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is now pursuing a new approach. In a rotating receiver, ceramic particles are evenly heated up to 1,000 degrees Celsius. The advantage of this is that the beads also act as a storage medium. The centrifugal receiver at the Jülich solar tower is scheduled to enter operation from mid-2015.  more...
 
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Power consumption for computing centre halved

Electricity consumption for a computing centre can be halved without restrictions for users. With this in mind, scientists in the AC4DC (Adaptive Computing for Green Data Centers) research project developed a new control system which optimally coordinates the server, cooling system and all other components of a computing centre. This holistic concept is based on a study of methods for optimising the energy consumption of computing centres.  more...
 
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“Secure provision of data centres with renewable energies”

The RenewIT project is researching how data centres can make greater use of renewable energies. That is an important goal for project partner Thorsten Urbaneck, who is a private lecturer at Chemnitz University of Technology. This is because it is estimated that data centres consume two per cent of the electricity used in Europe – and the trend is increasing.  more...
 
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News 12.03.2014

Fuel cell heating units ready for market

In Germany’s largest fuel cell heating unit field test, 350 systems by various manufacturers have been tested in homes to date. This is in preparation for market launch and mass production. By mid-2016, up to 500 units are to be tested in the “Callux” field test.  more...
 
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CO2 capturing using lime

CO2 can be separated from the flue gases from power plants. However, the processes developed for this have been very expansive until now. When capturing CO2 using quicklime, on the other hand, the costs are much lower – around 15 euros per tonne of CO2. These plants for capturing CO2 from exhaust gases can be retrofitted in existing power plants. The Technische Universität Darmstadt has demonstrated the process using a one-megawatt pilot plant. The solid material produced – quicklime – could be interesting for cement plants, since this would reduce their energy consumption.  more...
 
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News 30.06.2014

Application prospects for hydrogen storage systems

Can large-scale hydrogen storage systems help pave the way for renewable energy? Scientists from several research institutes investigated the technical and economic requirements for this in the PlanDelyKaD research project. The research focused on hydrogen electrolysis and gas storage in salt caverns. The study also revealed the method’s potential on the market.  more...
 
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Compact grid nodes for low-loss electricity transmission

The development of compact switching points for DC transmission solves a problem caused by the grid expansion: the grid nodes and feed-in systems are becoming smaller and can thus be installed more conveniently in urban areas and on platforms for offshore wind farms. Siemens’ development manager Denis Imamovic is today presenting the latest results of the research project at the Berliner Energietage conference.  more...
 

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