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    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...
     

    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...
     
    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...
     

    Creating microclimates in ovens

    Fan-forced or convection ovens can be found today in many households. They work very efficiently if they are used for longer baking or roasting processes and are fully loaded. However, the devices are not optimised for preparing snacks or small dishes with a short cooking time. In the “ecoBack” project, researchers are investigating how a microclimate adapted to the food can reduce the energy requirement.  more...
     

    Power consumption for computing centre halved

    Electricity consumption for a computing centre can be halved without restrictions for users. With this in mind, scientists in the AC4DC (Adaptive Computing for Green Data Centers) research project developed a new control system which optimally coordinates the server, cooling system and all other components of a computing centre. This holistic concept is based on a study of methods for optimising the energy consumption of computing centres.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 07/2014

    Producing animal feed with less electricity and heat

    Keepers of livestock including cattle, pigs and poultry expect a consistently high quality of feed for their animals, regardless of the fluctuating properties of natural raw materials. This customer’s requirement is a top priority for producers. Energy efficiency is becoming an issue due to cost pressure and environmental awareness. Researchers at the University of Bremen are developing an expert system for process control. The system will serve to minimise energy use while at least maintaining product quality.  more...
     

    Energy-saving production of special-purpose glass

    Glass production is very energy-intensive. Depending on the size and efficiency of the melting furnace, it requires roughly four to nine gigajoules per tonne. Researchers at Schott are using a new method to optimise the refinement step in the production of special-purpose glass. Using an uncooled crucible saves about 40 per cent energy.  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...
     
    Projektinfo 03/2014

    Making machine tools work more efficiently

    When machine tools process complex components, often only about 20 % of the energy deployed flows into the actual metal cutting processes. The main loads tend to be peripheral machine components, such as cooling systems or hydraulic drives. In the Maxiem project, scientists from the Technische Universtät Darmstadt and industrial partners are showing how this energy requirement can, in ideal cases, be more than halved.  more...
     

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