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    Steel beats copper

    The so-called embossing stretch forming process is an established method used in the manufacture of radiators. Researchers have now adapted this process for the production of solar absorbers. Instead of using expensive copper, this method also enables steel and aluminium to be processed in large numbers and with flexible lengths. An adapted channel design compensates for the lower thermal conductivity of steel. This enables them to achieve the same thermal efficiency as conventional absorbers – and also save money.  more...
     

    Standardised feed in of solar heat

    Solar thermal systems are very suitable for retrofitting into existing buildings. However, a lack of standardisation exists when coupling the system to a district heating network. Viessmann and the Technical University of Dresden are therefore developing suggestions for future standardisation. This should help to reduce the planning effort required and save costs through unification of the various circuit variants.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 01/2015

    Efficient production of monocrystalline semiconductors

    A Freiberg-based semiconductor manufacturer has now developed a new process that enables up to nine crystals to be grown simultaneously in parallel. This reduces the specific energy consumption for the production by two thirds. The new technological principle can be applied to growing other semiconductor substrates.  more...
     

    Energy research on course to delivering the energy transition

    The German federal government recently published the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency. The concept is specifically aimed at winning over all actors in society in achieving greater energy efficiency. A few days later, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy announced its research funding for the German federal government’s 6th Energy Research Programme. In the BINE interview, Dr Rodoula Tryfonidou from the responsible department in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy talks about the contribution made by energy research in bringing about the Energiewende – Germany’s energy transition.  more...
     
    News 24.02.2015

    Batteries in the low-voltage grid for more PV energy

    In areas where already a large number of photovoltaic systems are installed, impermissibly high voltages can occur in the power grid on sunny days. It therefore needs to be clarified how the energy generated can be optimally used both technically and economically. One idea is that new charging strategies for batteries can effectively relieve the grid by optimally integrating the energy storage systems.  more...
     

    Identifying risks and minimising them through regulations

    How safe and reliable are photovoltaic installations with lithium-ion storage systems? In order to find out, scientists are investigating different plant systems. The intention is to identify possible weak points – such as during transport and installation – so that they can be taken into account in future standardisation work.  more...
     

    Quadruple solar cell achieves record-breaking efficiency

    Researchers have developed a quadruple solar cell that converts 46 per cent of sunlight into electricity. The high-performance cells achieve this record-breaking efficiency in connection with optics that concentrate the light 508 times. If these cells were built in concentrator modules, energy would be produced even more economically in regions with high levels of sun.  more...
     
    News 15.12.2014

    Heating system keeps rotor blades ice-free

    In cold climate zones, the wind is particularly strong meaning best conditions for a wind turbine. However, in the cold temperatures there is the danger of ice that can freeze onto rotor blades. This can lead to imbalances, impairment of the rotor blade’s aerodynamics and a drop in the efficiency of the turbine. The so-called carbon-nanotube coating offers a solution.  more...
     

    Combining compost and biogas

    A new method improves the energy balance and processing capacity of composting plants. With the usual composting process, considerable energy is consumed to provide the required mechanical ventilation. In the new method, the liquid organic components of the organic waste are separated in advance and are used for producing biogas. This enables energy to be generated in the plants. For the project, a new biofilm digester has been designed which provides cost advantages relative to other digestion processes.  more...
     

    Fast-track testing of nacelles

    In Bremerhaven, a test rig is being developed that can test complete wind turbine nacelles in the multi-megawatt class. Unprecedented: a load transmission system mechanically simulates the wind loads occurring in the field. The researchers are investigating the electrical components using a simulated electricity grid. Laboratory tests are also providing information on how wind turbine concepts can be improved. With these properties, the test rig has the world’s most powerful grid simulation system.  more...
     

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