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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...
     

    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...
     
    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...
     

    Exhaust heat cools lorry cab

    Time for a break! The driver stops his lorry at the truck stop. To ensure that the cabin also remains cool even in summer, the engine also continues idling when the lorry is parked, often for hours. This produces noise and wastes fuel. However, researchers at the University of Stuttgart have now demonstrated that pleasant temperatures can still be reached even when the engine is switched off and there are no additional energy inputs. They have developed a special adsorption chiller. This utilises the exhaust heat produced while driving for air-conditioning the parked vehicle.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 11/2016

    Metal foam – a material for heat engineering

    Metal foams are increasingly developing into materials with diverse uses. While metal foams with closed pores have already become established as rigid and strong lightweight materials, the open-cell variant is suitable for thermal engineering applications. Until now, the material has been rarely used in heat exchangers or coolers because the production is expensive and its application little tested. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden now want to change this.  more...
     

    Cooling with solar heat

    The cooling or air conditioning of buildings with solar heat has a particular appeal because the heat demand and supply are usually consistent with each another. Cold stores in southern climates and many process refrigeration systems also require considerable energy when the sun shines intensely. The use of solar cooling systems instead of electric chillers also eases the grid, particularly at peak load times.  more...
     

    TU Darmstadt opens research factory

    Last week, the ETA model factory officially opened its doors. Here, scientists at the Technical University (TU) Darmstadt are researching under real conditions and at full scale how industry can use energy more efficiently by linking all building and production components. By considering the entire system – consisting of machines, energy storage systems, building technology and the building envelope – the intention is to reduce the primary energy requirement in production by 40 per cent.  more...
     

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