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    Projektinfo 06/2015

    Stable grid with 100 per cent green electricity

    In a power grid, the energy provided must always be equal to the power demanded. Only then can frequency and voltage remain stable. Ensuring this is the task of grid operators. But when volatile — meaning not arbitrarily adjustable — energy sources are the main sources of electrical energy, grid operators face a challenge.  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...
     

    Making district heating renewable

    Three research teams have investigated how the proportion of renewable energies can be increased in district heating networks. Custom strategies were developed in this respect for the model regions Jena and Ulm. The key lay in identifying the appropriate renewable energy sources and in understanding the potential these exhibit and the effect their inclusion would have on the efficiency of the networks. The project also comprises a survey of existing heat networks with best practice analyses.  more...
     

    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...
     
    Themeninfo I/2014

    Researching in the global network

    International research collaborations are becoming increasingly important. Germany is involved in a variety of ways in international energy research. An important pillar in this regard is its involvement in the International Energy Agency (IEA). Germany is a founding member of this organisation. An IEA field of activity particularly relevant to energy research is its energy technology network.  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...
     
    Projektinfo 04/2014

    Swift construction of pipelines

    The laying of pipes, for example for heating networks, has previously been a labour intensive and time consuming occupation. With the newly developed “Pipe Express” method, a special tunnel boring machine drills through the ground at speeds of up to 1.2 metres per minute and conveys the soil directly to the surface instead of displacing it sideways. At the same time, the steel or concrete pipe is inserted into the horizontal borehole. In comparison with the open cut method, the process requires less than a fifth of the normal trench width and can also be used without lowering the groundwater level.  more...
     

    Heat pipes de-ice railway points

    Geothermal heating ensures that railway points also remain working when there is ice and snow. Once installed, they work independently using only geothermal energy and without any additional energy being supplied. After many years of research and testing in pilot rigs, the system has now been approved by the German Federal Railway Authority.  more...
     

    Sustainable use of deep geothermal energy

    The alpine foreland is experiencing a geothermal energy boom. The region boasts a vast quantity of deep geothermal water. In the Greater Munich area alone, 15 geothermal heat stations and power plants are currently either in operation or under construction. Geoscientists led by the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) have studied the geological and hydraulic conditions of the region and developed a simulation model. This model can now be used to better predict the interplay between power plants, long-term operation and exploration risks of new plans.  more...
     

    Thermal heat from pit water

    The coal mining company RAG annually pumps over 100 million cubic metres of water to the surface from a depth of up to 1,000 m to secure the stability of the ground and the safety of drinking water in former mining regions. For one year now, the municipal utility of Bochum has been heating several public buildings with that pit water. The pilot project demonstrates how to use old mines for an eco-friendly heat supply of surrounding buildings.  more...
     

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