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    News 22.06.2016

    Collectors putting the heat on the automotive industry

    Solar thermal energy has great potential up to 250 degrees Celsius. Apart from space heating and domestic hot water, only a fraction of it is used for other purposes. Therefore, researchers aim to make solar process heat usable in the automotive industry. A joint German-Austrian project has now been launched.  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...
     

    Generating syngas from plastic wastes

    A newly developed gasification process utilises waste plastics, carbon-containing sorting residues and rubber parts as well as shredded materials in the automotive industry. It can also process chlorine-containing plastic streams with PVC fractions in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner. It produces a purified syngas without flue gas emissions. In the process, lime serves as a transport medium and simultaneously binds halogens and other harmful substances. The gas generated in the shaft kiln can replace valuable primary energy sources such as natural gas in high-temperature processes or be used to generate electricity in efficient gas engines.  more...
     

    Stadtwerke Augsburg testing superconducting fault current limiter

    The ASSIST project shows how decentralised feed-in systems can be safely integrated into a medium-voltage network. Since 15 March, a superconducting fault current limiter ensures that the electricity fed from a cogeneration engine test rig into the electricity grid belonging to Stadtwerke Augsburg municipal utility company is protected against short circuits. Last week, Thomas Janetscheck from Stadtwerke Augsburg presented the system at the ZIEHL V superconductor conference in Munich.  more...
     
    News 05.01.2016

    Once coated, everything runs smoothly

    The wear and energy consumption of machinery increase dramatically if the machines are not optimally lubricated. In many cases, however, ideal lubrication is impossible, for example, in free-running motorcycle chains or agricultural machinery. To meet these operating conditions, researchers are therefore developing new coatings, and lubricants adapted to them, as part of the CHEOPS3 project. The twelve project partners from industry and science want to achieve long-term protection against wear, even with minimal lubrication and dry friction, so as to increase the efficiency of machines.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 08/2015

    Processing solar cells with lasers

    Laser technology enables solar cells to be produced with greater efficiency. It replaces or eliminates costly processing steps that were previously required. Researchers have developed a method for laser contacting the rear side of solar cells that can be integrated into existing production lines for screen printing solar cells. The new technique enables the cells to be produced at a lower cost, reduces the energy and materials deployed, and eliminates previously required environmentally harmful chemicals.  more...
     

    Series production of superconductors starts

    The end of the research project marks the beginning of mass production: Theva aims to develop a mass market for superconductors with its new production facility. The manufacturer wants to provide a resistance-free conductor that can be quickly adapted to different application areas. Until now the applications have been limited to niche uses.  more...
     

    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...
     

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