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    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...
     

    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...
     

    CIGS thin-film modules beautify house walls

    In order to achieve the goal of meeting Germany's energy demand almost completely with renewables by 2050, it is planned that facades and partially shaded surfaces should also be used for generating electricity by photovoltaic means. The modules that can be used for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) have to meet considerable requirements in terms of their appearance, performance and costs. Experts have summarised this need for action in their recommendations for the German federal government's 7th Energy Research Programme.  more...
     

    Photovoltaic elements for facades and flexible roofs

    Modern building facades can do more than provide insulation and outer envelopes for buildings. New photovoltaic modules give designers considerable scope when designing the colour of facade surfaces. Unlike standard solutions, such energy facades make a considerable contribution to improving the energy balance of buildings. Standard silicon, thin-film and organic PV elements can be used.  more...
     

    Solar water heater for ceramic granules

    The innovative CentRec radiation receiver has passed its first practical test at very high temperatures in the DLR’s solar tower in Jülich. The receiver uses ceramic particles as a heat storage medium. These are inexpensive, enable very high temperatures and can be handled with relatively little effort. The practical test at very high temperatures is an important step on the way to marketing this receiver technology.  more...
     

    Adapting chlorine production to the electricity supply

    The chemical industry is the second largest consumer of electricity within German industry. Using the example of energy-intensive chlorine-alkali electrolysis, scientists are now investigating to what extent this process can contribute to managing loads in the power grid. To achieve this the production needs to be adapted to the intermittent electricity supply.  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...
     
    News 26.04.2018

    New administrative facility with energy-plus concept

    In 2013, the City of Freiburg held a competition for the construction of a new central administrative facility, including town hall, to consolidate its various agencies spread across the municipal area. The objective being two-fold: to produce an outstanding architectural design and to maximise energy efficiency. Monitoring measures put into effect upon commissioning are intended to reveal whether operation of the new energy-plus building fulfils the promise evident at the planning stage.  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...
     
    Projektinfo 03/2018

    Energy efficient model factory

    A multi-functional, multi-networked factory in every respect: The ETA Factory on the campus of the Technische Universität Darmstadt is a research project, large-scale demonstrator and place of learning. It networks the building envelope and industrial process chain across technologies and disciplines in individual and integrated solutions, thus increasing the energy efficiencyof the overall system.  more...
     

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