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News 13.07.2016

New lighting strategies for streets, footpaths and squares

LED is the future of street lighting. The LED Walkway on the grounds of Berlin’s Technology Museum, which opened in March 2015, demonstrates potential applications. The lighting technology developed allows the lighting level and light conditions to be adapted to external factors such as weather conditions and traffic volume. Spaces can now be set to a defined brightness with minimum stray light. The “StEffi Street Lighting” research project, launched in May, aims to develop and evaluate concepts for space-specific lighting and increase the potential savings with LED technology.  more...
 
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Clean heating with wood

Despite considerable advances in firing technology, harmful particulate matter is produced when wood is combusted. Electrostatic separators, however, filter up to 90 per cent of particulate emissions from biomass boilers. These therefore enable wood burners to use a wider range of fuel and still meet the tightened requirements of Germany‘s 1st Ordinance on the Implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act. The major advantage: Both new and old heating plants can benefit from the new system.  more...
 
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News 18.07.2016

First liquid salt storage facility with one tank

High-temperature heat storage tanks ensure that power plants work more flexibly and industrial process heat can be temporarily stored. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have therefore developed a heat storage tank for temperatures up to 560 degrees Celsius, which stores the heat in molten salt. Construction work on the testing facility began at the start of July 2016.  more...
 
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News 22.06.2016

Collectors putting the heat on the automotive industry

Solar thermal energy has great potential up to 250 degrees Celsius. Apart from space heating and domestic hot water, only a fraction of it is used for other purposes. Therefore, researchers aim to make solar process heat usable in the automotive industry. A joint German-Austrian project has now been launched.  more...
 
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News 18.05.2016

Pilot production launched for superconductors

He had to wait 30 years for this moment: Dr Georg Bednorz, a Nobel Laureate in Physics, was present in the Rhineland town of Rheinbach to see the pilot production of high-temperature superconductors begin. It is intended to provide further insights into the manufacture of these almost resistance-free conductors and pave the way for their large-scale series production. The technology is therefore taking a further step towards market maturity.  more...
 
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Generating syngas from plastic wastes

A newly developed gasification process utilises waste plastics, carbon-containing sorting residues and rubber parts as well as shredded materials in the automotive industry. It can also process chlorine-containing plastic streams with PVC fractions in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner. It produces a purified syngas without flue gas emissions. In the process, lime serves as a transport medium and simultaneously binds halogens and other harmful substances. The gas generated in the shaft kiln can replace valuable primary energy sources such as natural gas in high-temperature processes or be used to generate electricity in efficient gas engines.  more...
 
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Projektinfo 07/2016

Dry lignite increases flexibility

Shoulder to shoulder with the energy transition: Coal plants are becoming more flexible to enable more energy from renewable sources to be used to supply the electricity grid. The output from renewable sources is currently not enough to meet the entire energy demand in Germany at all times. But their share is growing. This is transforming the role of conventional power plants: instead of providing constant base loads, they now have to cover fluctuating residual loads. To achieve this, pilot burners with integrated plasma ignition are being used for the first time in the world at a power plant in Jänschwalde in Brandenburg. These are using dry lignite as the fuel.  more...
 
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Themeninfo I/2016

Thermoelectrics: power from waste heat

Waste heat is produced in all areas of daily life – in industry, homes and transport. In Germany alone, this adds up to a waste heat potential of 300 TWh per year. This energy volume corresponds to nearly half the total energy consumed by German industry. Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) can tap into this huge energy reservoir and transform the "waste energy" without moving parts into a higher form of energy.  more...
 
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News 04.07.2016

A town acts as a storage system

How can urban regions contribute more to the energy transition? To find this out, scientists are investigating virtual energy storage systems in Herten in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Wunsiedel in Bavaria. The field trial started on 30 June 2016.  more...
 
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Berlin drills for the heating transition

 

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