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    News 25.10.2018

    Electrostatic precipitator reduces emissions

    Boilers powered by biogenic fuels emit more particulate matter than oil and gas boilers. In order to safely undercut the stricter limit values in all operating states, which have been in place since the beginning of 2015, researchers and plant manufacturers are working together to achieve the emission-reduced operation of biomass heating systems by means of secondary emission reduction measures.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 11/2018

    Passive House primary school in Halle undergoes monitoring

    The ecclesiastical funding body wanted to use ecological building materials for the construction of a new primary school and, with the energy-optimised building, ensure a high degree of learning comfort with manageable operating costs. This resulted in the first Passive House school building to be constructed using a timber frame structure in Saxony- Anhalt. Multi-year monitoring and accompanying sociological research have verified both its energy efficiency and acceptance.  more...
     

    Energy transition needs water electrolysis on the gigawatt scale

    The generation of hydrogen by means of water electrolysis makes it possible to store renewably generated electricity. In a new study, experts assume that by 2050 Germany will require an installed plant capacity in the three-digit gigawatt range in order to achieve the German government's climate protection goals.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 09/2018

    Refurbished vocational college achieves energy-plus level

    Since its refurbishment, the vocational college in Detmold generates more primary energy than it consumes. For this purpose, the facades and the top storeys have been insulated with cellulose, passive house windows have been installed and the roof areas have been covered with PV panels. The existing heating system continues to be used with reduced temperatures. Since 2016, there has been a comprehensive monitoring of its operation.  more...
     

    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...
     

    Enhancing performance of PV modules

    The output of solar modules is usually less than the cumulative performance of the solar cells installed in these. Various optical and electrical loss mechanisms as well as optical gains influence the output of cells integrated into the photovoltaic module. Researchers are looking for ways to enhance the performance of modules without modifying cells. This involves combining components in a way that ensures that the achieved module output is greater than the added performance of individual cells.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 08/2018

    Testing low-noise rotor blades in the wind tunnel

    The expected noise emissions and the resulting necessary distance to residential buildings are of great importance in the approval of wind farms. In order to reduce these emissions, scientists have designed a powerful rotor blade profile that is as low-noise as it is aerodynamically efficient and have tested the corresponding specimens in wind tunnels. These specimens were combined with passive reduction technologies on the trailing edge and modified blade tips. During the experiment, subject to the operating conditions, noise reductions of up to eight decibels were achieved.  more...
     
    News 29.08.2018

    New knowledge portal for solar heating networks

    Large-scale solar thermal systems are being increasingly used in heating networks. The Steinbeis Research Institute Solites in collaboration with international partner organisations has created a newly designed information service on solar-supported heating networks at www.solare-waermenetze.de. At the heart of the web platform is a database that provides comprehensive technical and economic expert knowledge.  more...
     

    Sorting green waste and using it for producing energy

    In addition to the “Biotonne”, the organic waste bin used by German households for mainly disposing of domestic vegetable waste, the separate collection of coarse woody materials from garden and park waste could provide a significant amount of fuel for thermal utilisation. Scientists have investigated the potential provided by biomass that is better suited for combustion in CHP plants instead of composting.  more...
     
    News 31.07.2018

    Hydrogen for the urban energy transition

    A new, almost climate-neutral urban district is being built on the site of a former freight yard in Esslingen. Over a period of five years, scientists in the planned Neue Weststadt district are experimenting with an innovative energy supply concept with which electricity surpluses from intermittent renewable energies will be converted into hydrogen, stored and, if necessary, returned to the grid. The district will also serve as a real-world laboratory for the system-supportive coupling of the heating, cooling, electricity and mobility sectors.  more...
     

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