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    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...
     

    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...
     
    News 25.01.2016

    Testing rotor blades cost-effectively

    The longer the rotor blades used on wind turbines, the greater the forces acting on them. The requirements for the components rise – and with them the demands made on the testing methods. On the one hand it is important to construct the blades as durably as possible. On the other hand, however, they also need to be manufactured so that they are as cost-effective and as light as possible. If a compromise is found, this still needs to be checked in a verifiable way: on the computer and in practice.  more...
     

    SpeedColl: Allowing collectors to age more quickly

    Whether in maritime, arid or alpine regions, solar collectors must perform flawlessly for years. But to what extent do high UV radiation, salty and humid air take their toll on the collectors? In order to find out, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE and Stuttgart University exposed solar collectors to the wind and weather at six locations. The result: The collectors and the components are more durable than previously thought. However, that makes it even more difficult to make comparisons.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 17/2015

    Excellent climate for ancient manuscripts

    The new Central Library combines the book collections that were previously spread across several locations. Luitpoldhaus, which is located in a listed ensemble of buildings in Nuremberg’s old town, has been rebuilt and expanded. The project aim of undercutting the requirements of EnEV 2007 for new-build schemes by at least 30% has been exceeded. However, the high demands placed on the indoor environment for archiving and exhibiting medieval manuscripts made the task extremely tricky.  more...
     

    Researching the natural seismicity

    The Upper Rhine Graben (Rhine Rift Valley) has geothermally usable hot water resources at an attainable depth. This geological feature is caused by the fact that the deep rock strata has remained in motion to this day. This repeatedly causes slight natural earthquakes in the region. In rare cases, however, human activities, such as the construction and operation of geothermal plants, can also trigger shocks. This effect is called induced seismicity. Prior to constructing a geothermal plant in Groß-Gerau, researchers have therefore been measuring the natural seismicity in the region using a dense monitoring network.  more...
     

    Heating buildings via their exterior walls

    Surface heating systems facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources and reduce energy costs. However, since the retrofitting of underfloor heating is very expensive, thermally activated walls provide an option in existing buildings. For the first time scientists at Saarland University are testing the use of capillary tube mats in exterior wall heating.  more...
     

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