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    News 30.10.2018

    Goal: Climate-neutral, affordable housing

    The cities of Stuttgart and Überlingen are collaborating together in the “Urban District 2050 – Solving Challenges Together” research project. The project goal is to remodel and develop two districts to create affordable, climate-neutral housing. The two municipalities are tackling the tasks in different ways. Their systematic approaches will enable, however, the experience gained by the respective demonstration districts to be also utilised by the other city.  more...
     

    Heat storage system replaces steam boiler

    The world’s largest high-temperature latent heat storage system reached its future deployment site, the Wellesweiler cogeneration plant of STEAG New Energies GmbH in the Saarland, upon a flatbed truck mid-September. The system is intended to ensure permanent steam supply to an adjacent plant for the production of plastic sheeting. To date, operation of an additional heating boiler has been required under continual minimal load. This currently takes over short-term steam supply in the event of a malfunction of the power plant turbine until a steam boiler is initiated.  more...
     

    Cost-saving erection of large heat storage tanks

    Scientists are testing a large overground hot water storage tank with lower production costs than comparable constructions thanks to its construction with prefabricated steel segments. The OBSERW research project is building on the experience gained from a large cool water storage tank that has been tried and tested in the district cooling network of the city of Chemnitz for more than ten years. For the first time, the construction principle, which is flexible in shape and size, could be transferred to hot water storage tanks that have to withstand high temperatures and temperature changes.  more...
     

    New Energy Research Programme published

    The German cabinet has passed the new, 7th “Innovations for Energy Transition” Energy Research Programme. The programme replaces its predecessor from 2011. Content-wise, the programme builds on the successes of recent years, sets new courses and defines focal points for research funding and innovation policy in the energy sector. For the years 2018-2022, the German Government is budgeting 6.4 billion euros for energy research.  more...
     
    News 26.07.2018

    National 5G Energy Hub project launched

    Last week, TU Dresden officially launched the long-term National 5G Energy Hub research project. This is aimed at making the future 5G mobile standard usable for applications in energy technology. Project partners are TU Dresden in cooperation with RWTH Aachen, Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson. In addition, the associated partners Techem, VDZ, E.ON and the city of Dresden are also involved.  more...
     

    Heat storage system with segmental design demonstrates its qualities

    In the “OBSERW” research project researchers have developed an innovative above-ground storage tank built using a cost-saving segmental construction method. This required a complete overhaul of conventional storage constructions and building technology. Numerous technical issues were put to rest, such as the temperature-resistant sealing of segments.  more...
     

    Multidisciplinary energy efficient production

    The closing event of the “ETA Factory” research project took place at TU Darmstadt on 11 April 2018. In the course of the project, a multidisciplinary research group was able to demonstrate the feasibility of energy savings of up to 40 percent in industrial production. The jointly planned research factory saw researchers optimise and network energy flows in production and within the building.  more...
     

    District heating network becomes heat hub

    The Brandenburg town of Hennigsdorf wants to increase the climate-neutral share of heat in its district heating network to 80 per cent within five years. To achieve this, the municipal utility company is planning to integrate the waste heat from the local steelworks and large solar thermal collectors into the network. A multifunctional, large-capacity heat storage system is intended to provide the necessary flexibility. The concept is ready and the implementation has already started in 2017. Hennigsdorf is therefore acting as a real-life laboratory for ensuring the renewable future of the heating provision.  more...
     
    News 05.04.2018

    Storing power and heat in the district

    Sustainable energy provision is to be developed for the urban district of Rüsdorfer Kamp in Heide. The QUARREE100 research project is investigating how the district could be fully supplied with local or regional renewable energy sources. One goal is to integrate the regionally generated wind power into the regional energy system in an economically efficient and system-serving way.  more...
     

    Storing heat in mines

    What happens to mines that are no longer in use? Could they be used to store heat? Researchers are hoping to find this out and are conducting tests in the former Prosper-Haniel hard-coal mine in Bottrop to investigate whether it is suitable for underground heat storage. The GeoMTES research project is developing storage concepts for this purpose and a feasibility study will be carried out by September 2018. The modelling of the pit structure has now been completed.  more...
     

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