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    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...
     

    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...
     

    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...
     

    Using bionic surfaces on blast furnace

    In blast furnaces, air approx. 1,200 °C in temperature is blown into the reaction chamber for the reduction and melting process of iron. Special water-cooled nozzles made of copper are used for this, known as blow moulds. These are susceptible to damage or destruction by red-hot droplets of iron. This then costs time and money to put right. Researchers have now been able to design the surfaces of these blow moulds to allow liquid iron to simply drip off. This new beading effect is similar to the lotus effect seen on leaves.  more...
     

    Solar cell uses front and back

    So-called bifacial solar cells can convert incident light into electrical current both on their fronts and backs. They are up to 30 per cent more powerful than conventional monofacial cells that use only their fronts. The hitherto very complicated production of such double-sided solar cells has now been made simpler and less expensive by means of a newly developed doping process.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 16/2017

    Keeping the oil in the engine

    Each time the fuel-air mixture is ignited in petroland diesel engines a small portion of the gases flows from the combustion chamber into the crankcase as leakage current. For the engines to function optimally, it is necessary to dissipate these so-called blow-by gases and separate the engine oil droplets contained within them. This reduces the pollutant emissions and oil consumption of the engines. For modern, higher-compression engines, researchers have developed new and effective separation systems that undercut the more stringent emission limits for oil mist.  more...
     

    New low-emission marine engines

    The operation of ships causes considerable pollutant emissions. Future ship propulsion systems must therefore be more environmentally friendly. One possible way is to operate engines with natural gas rather than diesel. They have lower emissions when compared with current diesel engines without exhaust after-treatment. Researchers are developing and testing components and control instruments for this economical new generation of engines. They are aiming to reduce the engines' CO2 emissions and halve them in future.  more...
     
    News 10.05.2017

    40 years of energy research

    Last week, on 2nd May 2017, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Brigitte Zypries, opened the celebration for the anniversary of “40 years of energy research programmes in the German Federal Government” in the historic conference rooms of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin. She emphasised that research and development are important components in the large modernisation and investment project for energy transformation in Germany.
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