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    Research funding for the energy turnaround increasing

    Energy research contributes towards the development of the processes and technologies necessary for achieving the goals of the energy turnaround. The German government has been continuously increasing funding for energy research since 2006. In 2013 alone, it spent 100 million euros more on this than in the prior year. This reinforced above all the research areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It provided just under 300 million euros for each of these subjects.  more...
     
    News 20.03.2014

    The use of electric vehicles in urban delivery traffic

    Around one third of the traffic in cities consists of trade contractors and suppliers. Until now, this so-called commercial traffic has mostly relied on diesel power. Electric vehicles, however, could provide an ecologically, technically and economically viable alternative, since the typical operations and routes used by care services, parcel couriers and contractors match the short ranges provided by electric vehicles. A research group led by the Technische Universität Berlin is now investigating how electric vehicles could be sensibly used in the urban commercial traffic.  more...
     
    News 04.09.2013

    Lithium-ion batteries in mass production

    At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the small-scale production of lithium-ion cells has begun. The goal in the research factory is to reduce production costs by developing process engineering for the mass market. Researchers aim to use this to help the lithium-ion batteries make a breakthrough as stationary and mobile storage facilities.  more...
     
    News 27.05.2013

    Battery operates for more than 10,000 charge cycles

    Researchers at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg have developed lithium-ion batteries with a working life of over 10,000 charge cycles. In so doing, they have achieved a new standard in international technology development. As well as the cell configuration, the scientists have also produced a small sample series. The cells are designed as solar power batteries and for use in electric cars.  more...
     

    Charging electric cars using street lamps

    Integrating charging stations for electric vehicles into street lamps is an approach that saves costs. What makes the idea so enticing is that the intelligent billing technology is not integrated into the charging station, as is usually the case, but in the car. In the first project stage a mobile measurement data recording system within the electric vehicle – the on-board metering system – has been developed to the pilot stage.  more...
     
    News 11.02.2013

    Traffic model includes electric cars

    How will electromobility influence traffic in the future? The Institute for Transport Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is developing a model designed to illustrate the effects of electromobility on road traffic. A particular focus is on the mobility behaviour of people using electric cars.  more...
     
    News 04.02.2013

    Universal charging stations for electric cars

    A dense network of electric charging stations will need to be created if electric cars are to become more attractive. Until now there has been no uniform interface and sequence control system for charging electric cars. Using funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, a solution for communicating between the charging columns and the electric cars is now being developed. This should make it possible to recharge all types of cars at any charging column.  more...
     

    Transistor halves power losses

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) have developed a transistor based on gallium nitride that halves the power losses in voltage converters. The use of the gallium nitride semiconductor in the electronic systems in solar power systems and electric vehicles can save considerable power. The electrical components are more efficient, smaller and require less cooling than previous silicon components.  more...
     

    Electro-mobile victory podium

    The German government selected four regions to receive funding as part of the "Schaufenster Elektromobilität" (electromobility showcase) programme. The plan is for one million electric vehicles to be on the roads in Germany by 2020. Over the coming three years, the showcase and pilot projects will benefit from funding to the tune of 160 million euros from the economics, environment, research and transport ministries.  more...
     

    Jump starting electrical storage

    Representatives from science, research and industry converged on the town of Münster to attend the 2012 Battery Day and the subsequent Advanced Battery Power symposium. This year, the conference focused on the potential offered by electrochemical energy storage. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) confirmed at the conference that energy storage played a crucial role in grid stability.  more...
     

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