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    News 19.12.2016

    Networked factory stabilises the grid

    The factory of the future is flexible and networks the energy flows between machinery and buildings. The so-called Phi Factory is not only very energy-efficient, it also helps stabilise the electrical supply grid. The new model factory relies on a high share of renewable energy and helps smooth out electricity supply fluctuations.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 15/2016

    Reducing energy use from waste treatment

    Residual household waste lands in the grey waste container. It is either thermally exploited in a waste incineration plant, or it is taken to a plant for mechanicalbiological waste treatment. Here, the waste is sorted: Energy-rich parts are used for energy, while metals are recycled. The residues are treated in rotting boxes before disposal on landfills. The exhaust air from the process has to be purified. This takes up almost two-thirds of the energy consumption of waste treatment plants. Researchers, in collaboration with their project partners, have developed a more efficient method.  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...
     
    News 29.07.2015

    Energy thanks to lunar power

    Researchers are developing a new approach for generating energy from tidal currents. Here they are combining a semi-submerged platform with several small-sized instream turbines. This means that the tidal power plant requires less maintenance than is usually required. However, in order to achieve the highest possible energy yields it requires strong water currents. Canada’s Bay of Fundy has an exceptionally high tidal range exceeding 15 metres. This is where it is planned to build the hydropower plant so that it can provide the first electricity in 2017.  more...
     
    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...
     

    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...
     

    Power plants become partners of renewables

    The “Partner-Dampfkraftwerk” research project, which has now begun, aims to significantly improve the demand-driven integration of electricity from fluctuating energy sources. For this purpose, their goal is that existing power plants will reliably balance out the fluctuating power from wind turbines or photovoltaic systems, in order to ensure grid stability. The optimisation measures could already be installed in the short term in existing power plants. With this aim in mind, four power plant operators are collaborating with three research institutes and two components manufacturers, under the project management of VGB PowerTech.  more...
     

    Direct steam generation for more efficient solar power plants

    At the Almería Solar Centre in Spain, a test plant for direct steam generation has commenced operation. Instead of thermal oil, water is heated in the receiver tubes in the parabolic troughs. This allows higher temperatures and saves on plant components. This year the scientists are testing the control system in the 3-megawatt plant.  more...
     

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