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    Clean heating with wood

    Despite considerable advances in firing technology, harmful particulate matter is produced when wood is combusted. Electrostatic separators, however, filter up to 90 per cent of particulate emissions from biomass boilers. These therefore enable wood burners to use a wider range of fuel and still meet the tightened requirements of Germany‘s 1st Ordinance on the Implementation of the Federal Immission Control Act. The major advantage: Both new and old heating plants can benefit from the new system.  more...
     

    Storing heat until winter

    To be able to use summer heat for heating during the winter, hot water storage systems have to be very large. Small storage systems cool down too quickly. With this in mind, seasonal storage tanks have been developed almost exclusively for housing estates or very large consumers. Now researchers have created a new long-term storage system which is also suitable for single-family homes.  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...
     

    The building serves as a heat storage tank

    Buildings with high solar shares of fraction require large water tanks to store heat. Researchers have developed a space-saving alternative: excess heat is stored in the ceilings of the building via building element activation. Scientists are currently testing the concept in an experimental building near Hanover. They now have the results of the first year of operation.  more...
     
    News 28.04.2016

    Mechanical mass production of rotor blades

    The rotor blades of wind turbines are still mostly made by hand. This is due to the low piece numbers involved. So how would it be possible to produce them faster, cheaper and with a greater degree of precision? Automated production is now possible in the BladeMaker factory in Bremerhaven. Eight process steps are combined into a single step. The production facility has now been inaugurated.  more...
     

    BINE interview with Professor Dr. Siegfried Heier

    Further developments of converter technology will be necessary for wind turbines to support any grid improvements. Decentralised coupling and decoupling of power ought to be possible in the future high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electric power transmission system. In this BINE interview, Professor Dr Siegfried Heier lists future focal points of technological development in the wind energy sector.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 03/2016

    Developing robust pumps for geothermal energy

    Systems for using deep geothermal energy need special pump systems. These are up to 36 meters long and weigh eight tonnes. They must be able to withstand high temperatures and high flow rates, as well as mineralrich water. Pumps for geothermal energy have been tested during several field tests and on the largest high-temperature test loop in the world, and have been significantly improved. The prototypes already fulfil the development goals to a large degree. By 2017, key components will have been further developed ready for serial production.  more...
     

    Wind turbines are becoming quieter

    Wind turbines are not allowed to disturb neighbouring residential buildings through the noise that they emit. Wind turbines therefore have to be kept at a distance from settlements. To further reduce and better predict noise emissions, the University of Siegen has now launched a research project. In this project, the scientists want to modify the trailing edges of the rotor blades. They also want to develop better sound forecasts for entire wind farms. Quieter wind turbines would enable more land to become available for wind power generation.  more...
     
    News 19.02.2016

    A second life for car batteries

    The demands that drivers place on electric vehicles are high indeed: both range and performance have to be sufficient. In addition, batteries are subject to a steady decline of capacity. As performance and capacity deteriorate, a new battery is needed. Retired units are still suitable for other purposes, for example, for raising the self-consumption of solar power systems or supporting the grid.  more...
     

    Record: solar cell reaches efficiency of 22 per cent

    Recently, photovoltaic researchers presented the interim results of their project HELENE. The researchers achieved a new efficiency record of 22 per cent for industrial monocrystalline PERC solar cells (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell). In doing so, they surpassed their previous record of 21.7 per cent, set in July 2015. The newly developed solar module technology is soon to be transferred into industrial production. The target is to generate photovoltaic power at lower costs through higher efficiencies and lower production costs.  more...
     

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