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    Superlubricity reduces friction

    The forces of friction play a central role in vehicles. They inevitably lead to higher fuel consumption and wear in and on all moving parts. Researchers are therefore searching for ways to keep the forces of friction as low as possible. One area of research is diamond-like carbon coatings (DLC). In an interview, Dr Johann Schnagl, Project Manager in the BMW Group and Professor Dr Michael Moseler from Fraunhofer IWM explained this area of research.  more...
     
    News 18.03.2015

    New forging process reduces proportion of burrs

    A newly developed forging process is saving material and energy. In the “multi-directional forging” process, researchers have been able to reduce the proportion of burrs when forging crankshafts from 54 to 7 per cent, with associated energy savings of roughly 20 per cent. The process has already been successfully tested in industrial application.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 01/2015

    Efficient production of monocrystalline semiconductors

    A Freiberg-based semiconductor manufacturer has now developed a new process that enables up to nine crystals to be grown simultaneously in parallel. This reduces the specific energy consumption for the production by two thirds. The new technological principle can be applied to growing other semiconductor substrates.  more...
     

    Energy diet for confectionary manufacturer

    The confectionary manufacturer, Ferrero, and the packaging specialist, Junghans, want to save half the energy that they previously required for production. With the help of a new energy monitoring system, they also want to become smart consumers: They would then purchase energy, when it is cheapest for them. A recently started research project will define what the companies have to change in terms of production and management.  more...
     
    News 29.10.2014

    Chemical industry launches ENPRO initiative

    Through the ENPRO research initiative, chemical corporations BASF, Bayer and Evonik hope to bring to the market new products much more quickly from the lab and establish more energy-efficient manufacturing processes in cooperation with other companies and universities. The initiative envisages the application of continuous production processes for small product volumes too in the special chemicals sector and the phasing out thereby of batch-based manufacture. In doing so, the partner institutions are seeking to develop new methods and system and equipment concepts.  more...
     

    Industrially producing superconductors

    High-temperature superconductors enable electricity to be generated and transported much more efficiently than previously. However, high production costs have until now curbed their more widespread utilisation – especially uses that go beyond special applications and pilot projects such as AmpaCity. The thin-film specialist Deutsche Nanoschicht and the equipment engineering company Theva are therefore working to improve the production of second generation high-temperature superconductors (HTS) and to scale them up to an industrial standard.  more...
     

    Saving energy in commercial and industrial parks

    Industrial parks are typically home to a diverse mix of cross-industry businesses. The requirements of these businesses vary when it comes to energy supply depending on the nature of their production. For businesses in the metal processing industry for instance, thermal energy requirements in the range of many hundreds of degrees Celsius are typical, while in the food industry, heat requirements are rarely above a hundred degrees Celsius. Businesses operating in the direct vicinity can make good use of waste heat from such processes.  more...
     

    Start signal for model factory

    Mechanical engineers, construction engineers, architects and industry experts have developed a new production facility: the so-called ETA factory. The foundation stone was laid for it on 12 August 2014. This initiates the start of construction of the model factory at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, in which in future machines, building technology and the building envelope can be energetically linked and perfected. It is scheduled to open in October 2015.  more...
     

    Producing rotor blades more quickly

    Scientists at the University of Bremen have developed a new automated process for the production of rotor blades together with partners from industry. A textile product is first cut to size mechanically, stacked, shaped in accordance with the subsequent blade design and then placed in the negative mould. This is followed by the injection of the resin. The process is intended to shorten production time and improve quality.  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...
     

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