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    Refrigerators stabilise the electricity grid

    Refrigerators that consume electricity precisely when the wind and the sun provide excess electrical energy, and which during slack periods maintain their cooling temperature without additional energy input, would greatly relieve the grid. Scientists from ZAE Bayern are investigating the costs and benefits of such a load shift together with industrial partners. For this purpose they are increasing the thermal inertia of an efficient standard refrigerator by installing latent heat storage units. The test device can thereby bridge longer standstill times.  more...
     

    Local electricity networks become flexible and resilient

    For three years, the Saarlouis municipal utility company, together with partners from science and industry, has worked on the development of what are known as resilient poly-networks. These autonomous electricity networks at the local level are designed to adapt dynamically to the respective network situation in order to ensure optimum supply. The findings were recently presented at a concluding event.  more...
     

    New low-emission marine engines

    The operation of ships causes considerable pollutant emissions. Future ship propulsion systems must therefore be more environmentally friendly. One possible way is to operate engines with natural gas rather than diesel. They have lower emissions when compared with current diesel engines without exhaust after-treatment. Researchers are developing and testing components and control instruments for this economical new generation of engines. They are aiming to reduce the engines' CO2 emissions and halve them in future.  more...
     
    News 27.07.2017

    Intermediate storage of renewables

    How could more renewable energies be used that also stabilise the grid? To answer this question, researchers at the MEET Battery Research Centre at Münster University developed a new energy storage system based on dual-ion battery technology. Its long service life is promising for stationary applications.  more...
     

    Night-time electricity from solar thermal power plants

    Together with the industrial partner Linde AG, researchers from the German Aerospace Center have further developed a latent heat storage system based on nitrate salts. In combination with a cascade of sensible heat storage units, the goal is to maintain the electricity production of solar thermal power plants at night and at times with low solar irradiation. To this end, the scientists have developed a storage system that can also be used for conventional steam power plants and industrial processes.  more...
     

    Salt stores heat

    Molten salt can store large amounts of heat at high temperatures. In Cologne-Porz, researchers at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) are using a new test facility to find out where storage systems with only one tank could replace the common two-tank storage technologies. This would cut costs considerably. The system was presented to the public on 5 July 2017.  more...
     

    "You cannot put a football field in a cellar"

    Can new storage materials store unused solar thermal energy or industrial waste heat? What role could they play in cooling? To explore this, Dr Alexandra Lieb, head of the interdisciplinary junior research group NEOTHERM at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, reports on her basic research on metal-organic frameworks and zeolites in this BINE interview.  more...
     

    “The energy system of today is much more complex than in the past”

    Preparations are currently under way for a new energy research programme, which the German Federal Government intends to publish in the coming legislative period. In preparation, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has started a discussion process between representatives from industry, science and politics in order to identify relevant fields of research. In this interview Dr Johannes Tambornino, Head of Energy Strategies and System Analysis at Project Management Jülich speaks about the growing importance of system analysis for energy research.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 07/2017

    Flexible turbomachines stabilise the power grid

    In future, conventional power plants will need to become more flexible in order to compensate for the fluctuating power generation by renewables. This requires modified gas and steam turbines. These will have to work more frequently under partial load, with more start-up and shut-down cycles and function with changing fuels. AG Turbo has compiled the research and development objectives for these new framework conditions in the ECOFLEX-turbo programme.  more...
     

    Web portal for energy-optimised buildings and districts

    The website of the ENERGIEWENDEBAUEN research initiative is now online. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is bundling its long-standing subsidy measures entitled Energy Optimized Building, Energy-Efficient City and Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling Networks, and also research on thermal energy storage and low-temperature solar thermal energy systems in the redesigned research initiative. They are being brought together under one umbrella initiative.  more...
     

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