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    News 30.10.2018

    Goal: Climate-neutral, affordable housing

    The cities of Stuttgart and Überlingen are collaborating together in the “Urban District 2050 – Solving Challenges Together” research project. The project goal is to remodel and develop two districts to create affordable, climate-neutral housing. The two municipalities are tackling the tasks in different ways. Their systematic approaches will enable, however, the experience gained by the respective demonstration districts to be also utilised by the other city.  more...
     

    Kom.EMS for standardised energy management

    Energy agencies of the German Federal States of Baden-Württemberg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia have developed a tool under the name KOM.EMS for establishing and operating an energy management system for municipal administrations. The tool aids in evaluating, optimising and perpetuating energy management. The online tool was unveiled to the public on 13 September.  more...
     

    New Energy Research Programme published

    The German cabinet has passed the new, 7th “Innovations for Energy Transition” Energy Research Programme. The programme replaces its predecessor from 2011. Content-wise, the programme builds on the successes of recent years, sets new courses and defines focal points for research funding and innovation policy in the energy sector. For the years 2018-2022, the German Government is budgeting 6.4 billion euros for energy research.  more...
     
    News 29.08.2018

    New knowledge portal for solar heating networks

    Large-scale solar thermal systems are being increasingly used in heating networks. The Steinbeis Research Institute Solites in collaboration with international partner organisations has created a newly designed information service on solar-supported heating networks at www.solare-waermenetze.de. At the heart of the web platform is a database that provides comprehensive technical and economic expert knowledge.  more...
     

    Sorting green waste and using it for producing energy

    In addition to the “Biotonne”, the organic waste bin used by German households for mainly disposing of domestic vegetable waste, the separate collection of coarse woody materials from garden and park waste could provide a significant amount of fuel for thermal utilisation. Scientists have investigated the potential provided by biomass that is better suited for combustion in CHP plants instead of composting.  more...
     
    News 31.07.2018

    Hydrogen for the urban energy transition

    A new, almost climate-neutral urban district is being built on the site of a former freight yard in Esslingen. Over a period of five years, scientists in the planned Neue Weststadt district are experimenting with an innovative energy supply concept with which electricity surpluses from intermittent renewable energies will be converted into hydrogen, stored and, if necessary, returned to the grid. The district will also serve as a real-world laboratory for the system-supportive coupling of the heating, cooling, electricity and mobility sectors.  more...
     

    Network-neutral energy-plus district Geretsried

    Researchers at Munich University of Applied Sciences and TU Dresden have developed an innovative energy concept for an energy-plus district, which is to be implemented in the “Neue Mitte” of Geretsried (Bavaria) by the end of 2019. The concept combines the utilisation of different energy technologies with the goal of electrical network neutrality, i.e. maximising own coverage of electricity requirements and own use of the generated electricity.  more...
     

    Heat supply – solar-active and grid-connected

    Since autumn 2016, a new passive house residential neighbourhood has been under construction at the science and technology site Berlin Adlershof. It is connected to the return feed of an existing district heating network and feeds in the solar heat generated inside the district. The project is the subject of extensive research.  more...
     
    News 05.06.2018

    Testing climate-neutral districts in the real-world laboratory

    How can energy efficiency measures and the utilisation of renewable energy sources enable districts to get by with virtually no fossil fuel? How can smart networking of power, heat and mobility be achieved? Scientists and other stakeholders are investigating these questions in six flagship projects. Initial results and local challenges were outlined by the research teams in a panel discussion at the Berliner Energietage conference.  more...
     

    Smart Green Tower becomes an energy producer

    The Smart Green Tower is being built in the city of Freiburg. The 51-metre-high building will provide living, residential and working space. Depending on the solar radiation, a building envelope made of photovoltaic modules generates more energy via the photovoltaic system than can be consumed directly. In order to utilise the surplus electricity, the designers are using a flexible internal energy storage system with lithium-ion batteries.  more...
     

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