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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...
     

    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...
     
    News 03.02.2016

    Coal gasification – efficient and flexible

    Taken together with renewable energy sources, conventional power plants are of particular importance. Although the share of solar and wind energy continues to rise, conventional power plants will still remain necessary for the time being. But they need to be more flexible now: on the one hand, flexible in terms of their performance, and on the other in terms of fuel. Gasification of solid fuels is one way in which conventional power plants could be operated in the future. In the HotVeGas research project, scientists are examining the possibilities of this technology on a fundamental level. The third project phase is starting in January 2016.  more...
     

    AmpaCity receives innovation award

    Since the spring of 2014, a superconducting cable helps to ensure that the lights stay on in the centre of Essen. It transmits up to 40 megawatts of electricity – almost without loss. With AmpaCity, researchers from science and the electricity industry are demonstrating how high voltage lines and transformer substations could be eliminated in urban areas. On 20 January 2016, the project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, was conferred the German Innovation Prize for Climate and the Environment.  more...
     

    Greater efficiency: Generating steam in receivers

    On the Plataforma Solar de Almería in southern Spain, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a new way of generating solar steam. In the installation, the steam used for producing electricity is generated directly in the receiver tubes in the parabolic troughs. This therefore eliminates intermediate steps using heat transfer media and also enables higher operating temperatures of up to 550 degrees Celsius. This should therefore enable parabolic trough power plants to produce electricity more efficiently and cheaply.  more...
     
    News 29.07.2015

    Energy thanks to lunar power

    Researchers are developing a new approach for generating energy from tidal currents. Here they are combining a semi-submerged platform with several small-sized instream turbines. This means that the tidal power plant requires less maintenance than is usually required. However, in order to achieve the highest possible energy yields it requires strong water currents. Canada’s Bay of Fundy has an exceptionally high tidal range exceeding 15 metres. This is where it is planned to build the hydropower plant so that it can provide the first electricity in 2017.  more...
     
    News 24.06.2015

    Nickel alloys allow for higher temperatures inside power plants

    Higher temperature differences can increase the efficiency of power plants, and thus lower CO2 emissions. The lower limit is determined by the outside or ambient temperature, and the upper limit depends on material properties. As part of the research project HWT II (high-temperature material test track II), experts examined the behaviour of thick-walled pipe and fitting components during the required flexible operation at temperatures of up to 725 °C.  more...
     
    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...
     

    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...
     
    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...
     

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