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150303 1 Rodoula Tryfonidou BINE

Energy research on course to delivering the energy transition

The German federal government recently published the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency. The concept is specifically aimed at winning over all actors in society in achieving greater energy efficiency. A few days later, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy announced its research funding for the German federal government’s 6th Energy Research Programme. In the BINE interview, Dr Rodoula Tryfonidou from the responsible department in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy talks about the contribution made by energy research in bringing about the Energiewende – Germany’s energy transition.  more...
 
150122 1 Nullemission Wagner-Solar-Atrium

Publicising expertise for energy-optimised buildings worldwide

The Energy Efficiency Export Initiative is expanding its funding. The intention is that German design and technology skills in the energy-optimised construction field shall now also be publicised worldwide. The support is being organised by the German chambers of foreign trade in the form of tours of buildings, expert workshops and media relations work.
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150225 1 Photovoltaik-Einspeisung in laendlichen Gebieten
News 24.02.2015

Batteries in the low-voltage grid for more PV energy

In areas where already a large number of photovoltaic systems are installed, impermissibly high voltages can occur in the power grid on sunny days. It therefore needs to be clarified how the energy generated can be optimally used both technically and economically. One idea is that new charging strategies for batteries can effectively relieve the grid by optimally integrating the energy storage systems.  more...
 
150128 1 Pruefprogramm beim Transport TUV

Identifying risks and minimising them through regulations

How safe and reliable are photovoltaic installations with lithium-ion storage systems? In order to find out, scientists are investigating different plant systems. The intention is to identify possible weak points – such as during transport and installation – so that they can be taken into account in future standardisation work.  more...
 
150107 Anlagensteuerung Spritzgiessmaschine

Energy diet for confectionary manufacturer

The confectionary manufacturer, Ferrero, and the packaging specialist, Junghans, want to save half the energy that they previously required for production. With the help of a new energy monitoring system, they also want to become smart consumers: They would then purchase energy, when it is cheapest for them. A recently started research project will define what the companies have to change in terms of production and management.  more...
 
141027 Petrochemie-Industrieanlage bei Nacht  c  eyetronic Fotolia
News 29.10.2014

Chemical industry launches ENPRO initiative

Through the ENPRO research initiative, chemical corporations BASF, Bayer and Evonik hope to bring to the market new products much more quickly from the lab and establish more energy-efficient manufacturing processes in cooperation with other companies and universities. The initiative envisages the application of continuous production processes for small product volumes too in the special chemicals sector and the phasing out thereby of batch-based manufacture. In doing so, the partner institutions are seeking to develop new methods and system and equipment concepts.  more...
 
141111 1 Ein und Ausspeichern 1

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...
 
141024 1 Kather Begruessung COORETEC AMichels
News 24.10.2014

COORETEC celebrates 10 years of power plant research

In October, the COORETEC research initiative organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy celebrated its tenth anniversary in Berlin. In recent years, around 500 research projects have been initiated and funded with more than 500 million euros invested by both the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and the industry.  more...
 
150210 1 Netze Fraunhofer IFAM
News 10.02.2015

Gas and heating networks act as energy storage systems

Heating and gas networks can balance out fluctuations in the electricity grid. But how flexibly can surplus electricity be indirectly stored? In the Multi-Grid Storage project, scientists have investigated how it can be best of all stored in the form of heat or gas and then made available again as electrical energy as soon as it is required.  more...
 
141120 1 Elektroauto tankt Strom Copyright Anna Durst
News 20.11.2014

How electric vehicles can be of use to the grid

The batteries in electric vehicles can store surplus energy from the electricity grid. By the same token, they can feed back electrical energy to the grid at times of high demand for electricity. As part of the NET-INES project, scientists are investigating different charging and discharging strategies as well as the opportunities to market this service. For this purpose, they surveyed more than 600 vehicle owners.  more...
 

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