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    Projektinfo 11/2018

    Passive House primary school in Halle undergoes monitoring

    The ecclesiastical funding body wanted to use ecological building materials for the construction of a new primary school and, with the energy-optimised building, ensure a high degree of learning comfort with manageable operating costs. This resulted in the first Passive House school building to be constructed using a timber frame structure in Saxony- Anhalt. Multi-year monitoring and accompanying sociological research have verified both its energy efficiency and acceptance.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 09/2018

    Refurbished vocational college achieves energy-plus level

    Since its refurbishment, the vocational college in Detmold generates more primary energy than it consumes. For this purpose, the facades and the top storeys have been insulated with cellulose, passive house windows have been installed and the roof areas have been covered with PV panels. The existing heating system continues to be used with reduced temperatures. Since 2016, there has been a comprehensive monitoring of its operation.  more...
     

    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...
     

    Enhancing performance of PV modules

    The output of solar modules is usually less than the cumulative performance of the solar cells installed in these. Various optical and electrical loss mechanisms as well as optical gains influence the output of cells integrated into the photovoltaic module. Researchers are looking for ways to enhance the performance of modules without modifying cells. This involves combining components in a way that ensures that the achieved module output is greater than the added performance of individual cells.  more...
     
    News 31.07.2018

    Hydrogen for the urban energy transition

    A new, almost climate-neutral urban district is being built on the site of a former freight yard in Esslingen. Over a period of five years, scientists in the planned Neue Weststadt district are experimenting with an innovative energy supply concept with which electricity surpluses from intermittent renewable energies will be converted into hydrogen, stored and, if necessary, returned to the grid. The district will also serve as a real-world laboratory for the system-supportive coupling of the heating, cooling, electricity and mobility sectors.  more...
     

    CIGS thin-film modules beautify house walls

    In order to achieve the goal of meeting Germany's energy demand almost completely with renewables by 2050, it is planned that facades and partially shaded surfaces should also be used for generating electricity by photovoltaic means. The modules that can be used for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) have to meet considerable requirements in terms of their appearance, performance and costs. Experts have summarised this need for action in their recommendations for the German federal government's 7th Energy Research Programme.  more...
     

    Photovoltaic elements for facades and flexible roofs

    Modern building facades can do more than provide insulation and outer envelopes for buildings. New photovoltaic modules give designers considerable scope when designing the colour of facade surfaces. Unlike standard solutions, such energy facades make a considerable contribution to improving the energy balance of buildings. Standard silicon, thin-film and organic PV elements can be used.  more...
     

    Developing multifunctional façade elements

    As the outermost layer of the building envelope, the façade performs numerous functions. They are to be intelligently combined to create a system that permits the application of cost-effective, multifunctional façade systems. To do this, scientists are developing a façade element with integrated organic photovoltaics, textile sun protection, a sustainable insulating material and the sensors necessary for control. The next step is to test the elements on the south façade of a multi-storey residential building.  more...
     

    Heat supply – solar-active and grid-connected

    Since autumn 2016, a new passive house residential neighbourhood has been under construction at the science and technology site Berlin Adlershof. It is connected to the return feed of an existing district heating network and feeds in the solar heat generated inside the district. The project is the subject of extensive research.  more...
     
    News 05.06.2018

    Testing climate-neutral districts in the real-world laboratory

    How can energy efficiency measures and the utilisation of renewable energy sources enable districts to get by with virtually no fossil fuel? How can smart networking of power, heat and mobility be achieved? Scientists and other stakeholders are investigating these questions in six flagship projects. Initial results and local challenges were outlined by the research teams in a panel discussion at the Berliner Energietage conference.  more...
     

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