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    Energy-efficient provision of sterilised drinking water

    When heating drinking water, 5 degrees cooler medium temperatures can lower heat losses by up to 13 per cent. Sterility has to be guaranteed, and Legionella occurrence must be avoided. A research project led by the Technical University of Dresden wants to prove this with extensive measurements and sample taking.  more...

    Energy centre supplies Giessen University Hospital

    Giessen’s municipal utility company and University Hospital have jointly constructed the first energy centre to be integrated into a local heating and cooling network. The newly developed combined cooling, heating and power system ensures an uninterrupted supply to the hospital. It saves 21.7 % of the primary energy and 33.6 % of the CO2 emissions.  more...
    Projektinfo 10/2015

    University campus to become climate neutral

    An interdisciplinary research team has developed an energy master plan for the campus belonging to the Technische Universität Braunschweig. Various scenarios for developing the campus as far as 2020 have been created with the aim of reducing the primary energy consumption by 40% and, in the long term, facilitating the conversion to renewable energy. Planning principles have been developed for the renovation and urban development of the site that can also be transferred to other urban districts.  more...

    Standardised feed in of solar heat

    Solar thermal systems are very suitable for retrofitting into existing buildings. However, a lack of standardisation exists when coupling the system to a district heating network. Viessmann and the Technical University of Dresden are therefore developing suggestions for future standardisation. This should help to reduce the planning effort required and save costs through unification of the various circuit variants.  more...
    Projektinfo 04/2015

    Local heating links new-build with existing district

    By means of a district energy concept, researchers in Ludwigsburg are combining the advantages of ambitious building concepts and refurbishment measures with energy efficient heat supply. The heat required for the Sonnenberg development area is generated in winter using a brine/water heat pump in combination with a combined heat and power plant. The local heating network and its extension into the adjacent existing district of Grünbühl provide the post-war housing estate, which is in need of refurbishment, with not just greater living comfort but also energy efficiency benefits and cost savings.  more...

    Gas and heating networks act as energy storage systems

    Heating and gas networks can balance out fluctuations in the electricity grid. But how flexibly can surplus electricity be indirectly stored? In the Multi-Grid Storage project, scientists have investigated how it can be best of all stored in the form of heat or gas and then made available again as electrical energy as soon as it is required.  more...

    Making district heating renewable

    Three research teams have investigated how the proportion of renewable energies can be increased in district heating networks. Custom strategies were developed in this respect for the model regions Jena and Ulm. The key lay in identifying the appropriate renewable energy sources and in understanding the potential these exhibit and the effect their inclusion would have on the efficiency of the networks. The project also comprises a survey of existing heat networks with best practice analyses.  more...

    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...
    Themeninfo I/2014

    Researching in the global network

    International research collaborations are becoming increasingly important. Germany is involved in a variety of ways in international energy research. An important pillar in this regard is its involvement in the International Energy Agency (IEA). Germany is a founding member of this organisation. An IEA field of activity particularly relevant to energy research is its energy technology network.  more...

    “Secure provision of data centres with renewable energies”

    The RenewIT project is researching how data centres can make greater use of renewable energies. That is an important goal for project partner Thorsten Urbaneck, who is a private lecturer at Chemnitz University of Technology. This is because it is estimated that data centres consume two per cent of the electricity used in Europe – and the trend is increasing.  more...



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