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    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...
     
    Projektinfo 06/2018

    Which heat sources are optimal for heat pumps?

    The number of buildings heated by heat pumps continues to rise. In recent years, air-water heat pumps have been the dominant force in this regard. More energy efficient alternatives exist, however, to outside air as a heat source. Examples include geothermal energy, ground water, exhaust air and solar thermal energy. The variety of potential heat sources and of heat exchangers tapping these presents an incredible challenge for planners. Validated concepts, objective decisionmaking guidance and analyses are consequently called for. This endeavour is supported by two research groups.  more...
     
    News 26.04.2018

    New administrative facility with energy-plus concept

    In 2013, the City of Freiburg held a competition for the construction of a new central administrative facility, including town hall, to consolidate its various agencies spread across the municipal area. The objective being two-fold: to produce an outstanding architectural design and to maximise energy efficiency. Monitoring measures put into effect upon commissioning are intended to reveal whether operation of the new energy-plus building fulfils the promise evident at the planning stage.  more...
     

    Storing heat in mines

    What happens to mines that are no longer in use? Could they be used to store heat? Researchers are hoping to find this out and are conducting tests in the former Prosper-Haniel hard-coal mine in Bottrop to investigate whether it is suitable for underground heat storage. The GeoMTES research project is developing storage concepts for this purpose and a feasibility study will be carried out by September 2018. The modelling of the pit structure has now been completed.  more...
     
    News 31.08.2017

    New energy-efficient school building in the spotlight

    The new, energy-optimised building for the Willibald Gluck Secondary School in Neumarkt (Upper Palatinate, Germany) utilises solar energy and near-surface geothermal energy. The first year in regular operation has provided good values: the heat pumps are contributing their planned share to the heat generation and the photovoltaic systems cover 35 per cent of the electricity consumed for the building operation and use. Storing the PV electricity in a vanadium redox flow battery has not, however, increased the proportion of self-consumed electricity during the first year of operation. The operation of the ventilation systems also provides potential for optimisation.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 10/2017

    German-French geothermal power plant completed

    In the Upper Rhine Graben, natural geological thermal deposits can be tapped at comparatively low depths with bore wells. In a Franco-German research project in Alsace, scientists have been researching the process of utilising heat from crystalline rock for years, whereby they have optimised the concept and technology. At the site of the research facility, two power companies opened a new commercial power plant in 2016. The electricity is fed into the French grid. In Germany, around 95% of geothermal resources are also found in deep rock and 5% in natural thermal water layers.  more...
     
    News 10.05.2017

    40 years of energy research

    Last week, on 2nd May 2017, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Brigitte Zypries, opened the celebration for the anniversary of “40 years of energy research programmes in the German Federal Government” in the historic conference rooms of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin. She emphasised that research and development are important components in the large modernisation and investment project for energy transformation in Germany.
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    Communication concept for deep geothermal energy

    Technical innovations can only be successful if they are supported by the public. Plants for utilising renewable energies are also dependent on this backing. Early and comprehensive communication with the public is therefore indispensable. For deep geothermal energy, scientists have analysed public perceptions and have developed a communication concept. It offers operators and authorities a wealth of ideas and support for active and transparent public relations.  more...
     
    News 26.10.2016

    Learning and working in an energy-plus school

    Uhland School in Stuttgart, which dates back to the 1950s, no longer accorded with today's structural and energetic standards. The renovation work is now almost complete and the City of Stuttgart is getting its first energy-plus school. A photovoltaic system on the roof and façade of the building covers the electricity requirement.  more...
     

    Video inspection tool brings light into the darkness

    Scientists in Karlsruhe are developing a camera inspection system for deep geothermal drilling holes. The device must be able to withstand strong pressure and high temperatures. This presents a particular challenge for the electronic components. A first draft design for the system has now been completed.  more...
     

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