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150420 1 Vitosol 200-T 00023

Standardised feed in of solar heat

Solar thermal systems are very suitable for retrofitting into existing buildings. However, a lack of standardisation exists when coupling the system to a district heating network. Viessmann and the Technical University of Dresden are therefore developing suggestions for future standardisation. This should help to reduce the planning effort required and save costs through unification of the various circuit variants.  more...
 
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Projektinfo 04/2015

Local heating links newbuild with existing district

By means of a district energy concept, researchers in Ludwigsburg are combining the advantages of ambitious building concepts and refurbishment measures with energy efficient heat supply. The heat required for the Sonnenberg development area is generated in winter using a brine/water heat pump in combination with a combined heat and power plant. The local heating network and its extension into the adjacent existing district of Grünbühl provide the post-war housing estate, which is in need of refurbishment, with not just greater living comfort but also energy efficiency benefits and cost savings.  more...
 
150504 1 Hohlpraestreckziehverfahren ISE

Steel beats copper

The so-called embossing stretch forming process is an established method used in the manufacture of radiators. Researchers have now adapted this process for the production of solar absorbers. Instead of using expensive copper, this method also enables steel and aluminium to be processed in large numbers and with flexible lengths. An adapted channel design compensates for the lower thermal conductivity of steel. This enables them to achieve the same thermal efficiency as conventional absorbers – and also save money.  more...
 
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Projektinfo 01/2015

Efficient production of monocrystalline semiconductors

A Freiberg-based semiconductor manufacturer has now developed a new process that enables up to nine crystals to be grown simultaneously in parallel. This reduces the specific energy consumption for the production by two thirds. The new technological principle can be applied to growing other semiconductor substrates.  more...
 
150519 1 Einblick Fertigung Supraleiter
News 19.05.2015

Series production of superconductors starts

Nach dem Forschungsprojekt ist vor der Serienfertigung: Theva will mit einer neuen Produktionsanlage den Massenmarkt für Supraleiter erschließen. Der Hersteller möchte einen widerstandslosen Stromleiter anbieten, der sich schnell an verschiedene Einsatzgebiete anpassen lässt. Bislang waren die Anwendungen auf Nischen beschränkt.  more...
 
150407 1 Schnagel Moseler

Superlubricity reduces friction

The forces of friction play a central role in vehicles. They inevitably lead to higher fuel consumption and wear in and on all moving parts. Researchers are therefore searching for ways to keep the forces of friction as low as possible. One area of research is diamond-like carbon coatings (DLC). In an interview, Dr Johann Schnagl, Project Manager in the BMW Group and Professor Dr Michael Moseler from Fraunhofer IWM explained this area of research.  more...
 
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News 25.03.2015

Biomass in coal-fired power plants can improve carbon footprint

Using simulations for fuel flexibility, researchers hope to uncover the true extent of potential improvement to the carbon footprint of existing power stations. One option that exists is to add biomass to coal in the form of woodchips. Though at higher rates of co-combustion in particular, electrical power consumption in the crushing process increases enormously. This can be reduced with the proper pretreatment.  more...
 
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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...
 
150430 1 Dr Georg Menzen Statusseminar 8548

Interim findings of the Energy Storage Research Initiative

Which contribution can energy storage systems make to the energy transition? How can they be employed economically? And what are the future research priorities? These were the questions answered during the 2nd status seminar on energy storage systems in Berlin last week. Half-time for the Energy Storage Research Initiative, and time to look at the score.  more...
 
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Stepping-up battery research

An expert commission of the Technology Network of the International Energy Agency held a conference in Berlin on the topic of energy storage devices. Representatives of various member states voiced recommendations for future research into storage devices in a workshop. Battery technology was focussed on.  more...
 

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