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170420 1 Mesoverkapselung
News 20.04.2017

Air-conditioning buildings with salt hydrates

In many office buildings, it is just as important to supply cooling in summer as heating in winter. Researchers have therefore developed salt hydrates that are suitable as storage material in chilled ceilings and centralised cold storage systems. The special advantage: Through a phase change, they store cooling energy with a high energy density and at the temperature level needed for air conditioning. This enables the required cooling to be provided very efficiently.  more...
 
170320 1 Innenansicht Leuphana
News 20.03.2017

Sustainable, attractive university building

On 11 March 2017, the new building by architect Daniel Libeskind was officially inaugurated in Lüneburg, Germany. The new main building of Leuphana University is open to students and culture fans now. The building is a flagship project for the transition towards a climate-neutral campus.  more...
 
170328 1 Heidrich BMWi c BINE

The future of power plants

The "Flexible Energy Conversion" research network was founded in Berlin at the end of February 2017. Here, researchers and developers from the conventional power plant technology and solar thermal power plant fields will jointly develop future strategies. The goals: To increase the flexibility of large-scale power plants, develop new large-scale storage systems, extensively research the use of hydrogen in power plant processes and in particular optimise the economic efficiency of solar power plants.  more...
 
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Predictable heat yield

The demand for large-scale solar thermal systems in district heating networks is increasing. Thereby the need for more powerful calculation programs is also increasing. Investors require predictions of the expected heat yield of solar thermal systems for their projects. A new calculation program shall now make that possible.  more...
 
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Energy transition in transport

Until now, the energy and transport sectors were considered separately from one another in the energy balance. The “Energy transition in transport” funding initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is entering into force to change that. It is intended to help bring the energy and transport sectors closer together and advance the technological possibilities in a cross-system approach encompassing a wide range of vehicles.  more...
 
161219 1 Produktionsmaschine BINE
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...
 
170314 1 Prof Martin Winter c MEET

"One million electric cars are feasible by 2025"

Expensive, short ranges and long charging times: Today's batteries for electric vehicles have a negative image. However, the electric car is actually ready for series production. Well at least almost. In the BINE interview, Professor Martin Winter from the MEET Battery Research Center at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and the Helmholtz Institute Münster talks about the hurdles that still need to be overcome and how it will be possible to get considerably more electric vehicles onto the streets in the coming years.  more...
 
161102 1 Turmkraftwerk Gemsolar c Beyond Coaland Gas-Flickr

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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Projektinfo 03/2017

Large storage tank developed for small spaces

To heat an apartment building highly efficiently, using a solar power system or combined heat and power plant for example, you need large thermal storage tanks. They often do not fit through standard door openings in existing buildings. Scientists developed a compact storage tank consisting of multiple modules, which is not assembled fully until it reaches the boiler room. Heat losses are lower than with standard cascade models. Individual tanks no longer have to be connected.  more...
 
170213 1 Begruessung-BMWi

"We have to increase our efforts!"

The first ENERGIEWENDEBAUEN conference took place in Berlin from 30 - 31 January, 2017. Some 350 participants from research, academia, architecture and planning offices, politics, energy suppliers, cities and municipalities as well as the real estate industry discussed how the energy supply of buildings and districts could be made future-proof. The aim of the German federal government is to create a climate-neutral building stock by 2050. This will not be easy to achieve.  more...
 

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