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    Research funding for the energy turnaround increasing

    Energy research contributes towards the development of the processes and technologies necessary for achieving the goals of the energy turnaround. The German government has been continuously increasing funding for energy research since 2006. In 2013 alone, it spent 100 million euros more on this than in the prior year. This reinforced above all the research areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It provided just under 300 million euros for each of these subjects.  more...
     
    News 17.07.2014

    Database shows output from renewables

    The sources of renewable energy –sun, wind, water and biomass – account for a large share of the electricity production in Germany. At the beginning of July 2014, solar energy covered the entire peak load. This is shown in the new online “Energy Charts” database at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.  more...
     
    News 12.11.2013

    Heating with vegetable oil

    The Oel-Waerme-Institut has joined forces with partners in industry and science to develop a burner system that runs on heating oil, vegetable oil or a mixture of both. In a range from 5 to 25 kilowatts, continuous modulation adjusts the output to current requirements. The project, which is subsidised by the German Federal Ministry of Economics, focuses on optimised fuel mixture control and atomisation. The resulting low-emission burner systems can be used in central heating systems in buildings with low heating capacities.  more...
     
    News 11.04.2013

    Using the internet to create a large-scale power plant

    Many small, decentralised power generators could replace conventional large-scale power plants. But how can wind, sun and bioenergy be integrated into the future power supply system? With the “Kombikraftwerk2”, researchers aim to show how power generation from 100 per cent renewable energies can be achieved and stabilised.  more...
     

    Smart regulation of rural electricity grids

    In the "Smart Country" model project, researchers in Bitburg-Prüm were testing out the distribution network of the future. It is designed to respond flexibly to the increasingly decentralised generation of renewable electricity in the grid. For this purpose various operating resources were further developed: an optimised biogas plant, which controls the electricity supplied by the grid, virtually stores surplus electricity with an efficiency of 98 %. In addition, voltage regulators double the usable output capacity in the grid. The Eifel project successfully passed the field test after around one year.  more...
     

    Research becoming increasingly important

    At the Annual Conference of the Renewable Energy Research Association (FVEE) on 16 and 17 October 2012, scientists and industrial representatives presented innovations along with new strategies for their market introduction. In his opening speech, Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier emphasised that greater importance should be given to research and development in regard to the era of energy revolution.  more...
     

    Rail travel with water and wind

    It is a core problem of the energy revolution: the fluctuating yields from renewable energy sources have to be integrated into the electricity supply without endangering its safety and economic feasibility. Here the Deutsche Bahn railway company provides a prime example: by 2020, the company intends to draw more than one third of the 12 billion kilowatthours it consumes each year from green electricity. Researchers have calculated that doubling the green electricity used today will increase the electricity costs by around five per cent. The German railway power grid is distinguished, however, by many unique features.  more...
     

    Setting the course for efficient energy utilisation

    On 19 March, around 120 delegates attended the international conference on "Energy Research in Europe: Germany´s Contribution to the SET-Plan", which was concerned with improving cooperation in the research, development and demonstration fields within the energy sector. The need for research and action was discussed in the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) using the example of smart grids and the hydrogen industry.  more...
     

    Climate award for synthesis gas

    A special purpose project company founded by Fels-Werke GmbH from Goslar in Germany has won the Innovation Award for Climate and Environment for a process that uses lime to produce pure synthesis gas from pollutant-rich waste and biomass. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology provided 4.5 million euros of support for this project. Since 2009, this award has been honouring concepts from Germany that contribute to climate and environmental protection and, at the same time, strengthen the country as a business location.  more...
     

    Small climate savers discovered

    Special micro-organisms can make direct use of the carbon dioxide (CO2) contained in flue gases from lignite-fired power plants as "food", and grow even at a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius. This is the interim result of the research cooperation between an electricity producer and a biotechnology company at the Niederaussem power plant near Cologne.  more...
     

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