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    “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...
     
    News 10.05.2017

    40 years of energy research

    Last week, on 2nd May 2017, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Brigitte Zypries, opened the celebration for the anniversary of “40 years of energy research programmes in the German Federal Government” in the historic conference rooms of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin. She emphasised that research and development are important components in the large modernisation and investment project for energy transformation in Germany.
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    Projektinfo 01/2017

    Superconductors for the medium-voltage grid

    Scientists are testing the longest high-temperature superconducting cable in the world under real conditions in Essen. One kilometre long, it connects two substations in the inner city. It replaces a conventional 110 kV line and renders one substation in the inner city obsolete. After two years of testing, it has passed the field test. It could be a blueprint for the future power supply system in urban areas.  more...
     
    News 19.12.2016

    Networked factory stabilises the grid

    The factory of the future is flexible and networks the energy flows between machinery and buildings. The so-called Phi Factory is not only very energy-efficient, it also helps stabilise the electrical supply grid. The new model factory relies on a high share of renewable energy and helps smooth out electricity supply fluctuations.  more...
     
    News 10.10.2016

    Storing surplus electricity in the natural gas network

    Surplus electricity can be used in Power-to-Gas systems to generate hydrogen by means of electrolysis. Downstream methanation provides a possibility for storing the remaining gas that cannot be directly used or fed into the natural gas network. The initial, highly promising results for a newly developed biological process have now been presented. The test facility has a low energy requirement and the process is continuous. The system is suitable for decentralised and small systems.  more...
     

    The hotline in the grid

    The electricity grid that has been used for decades reaches its limits when transporting increasing amounts of electricity over long distances. There are already limiting bottlenecks. One way to integrate more wind and solar power into the grid is provided by overhead lines with a higher maximum temperature. These can transport more electricity, enabling grid congestion to be avoided. One problem, though, is that metals expand more at high temperatures. As a result the line lengthens and sags more. However, special high-temperature conductors can provide a remedy here.  more...
     

    Expanding the electricity grid for the energy transition

    Experts from science, industry and politics met on 22 and 23 September 2016 at the first status conference on "Future-proof Power Grids" in Berlin. More than 300 delegates followed the invitation of the German federal government and offered an insight into their current research on the subject of grid expansion. Since the beginning of the "Future-proof Power Grids" funding initiative in 2013, the participating German federal ministries have funded more than 300 projects with around 140 million euros.  more...
     
    News 18.05.2016

    Pilot production launched for superconductors

    He had to wait 30 years for this moment: Dr Georg Bednorz, a Nobel Laureate in Physics, was present in the Rhineland town of Rheinbach to see the pilot production of high-temperature superconductors begin. It is intended to provide further insights into the manufacture of these almost resistance-free conductors and pave the way for their large-scale series production. The technology is therefore taking a further step towards market maturity.  more...
     
    News 04.04.2016

    Energy storage systems in 2030

    What role will functional storage systems play in the energy supply system of the future? Which system infrastructure can economically secure a reliable energy supply in 2030? And what measures must the government take so that this system infrastructure can prevail on the market? Scientists at the Research Center for Energy Economics (FfE) are trying to get to the bottom of these questions with an ongoing study. The results are now available.  more...
     

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