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    News 13.02.2014

    Where renewable power plants pay off

    With the FreeGreenius simulation programme, engineers can calculate which yields can be achieved by a renewable power plant project at a specific location. In addition, the tool also enables them to plan how the installation must be designed and sized in order to feed in the desired amount of electricity into the grid. Designers of solar power plants and wind turbines can therefore gain an initial insight into whether a power plant is viable and under what conditions. The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) offers the software free of charge for downloading.  more...
     

    Tapping foreign markets with business trips

    The two Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency export initiatives help small- and medium-sized enterprises to open foreign markets. In order to make contact with potential cooperation partners, they are offering diverse business trips to Europe and the rest of the world this year. The service includes an analysis of the specific interests of the companies taking part. Based on this, the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce Abroad (AHKs) are organising individual meetings for the participants with representatives from business, science and administration.  more...
     
    News 16.01.2014

    More powerful solar cells go into pilot production

    In the SONNE joint project, researchers and companies have cooperatively developed high-performance solar cells and integrated them in glass-glass modules. The process has enabled the module capacity to be increased by more than 20 per cent. In the pilot production, an output of more than 300 watts has been achieved. By way of comparison: modules with 60 cells currently usually have a rated output of between 240 and 260 watts.  more...
     

    Predicting material fatigue of solar modules

    Snow loads, temperature fluctuations and wind gusts: solar modules are exposed to a variety of environmental factors which lead to material fatigue over the years. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM have developed a method of calculating the effects of these influences. Their simulation model predicts when a material will break or peel off.  more...
     
    News 11.09.2013

    An island becomes power-independent

    The North Frisian island of Pellworm has been a showcase for energy research since the early 1980s. The largest solar farm in Europe was installed there in 1983. In 1989, wind turbines were added to create Europe’s largest hybrid power plant. Now, the island is due to become power-independent, with an intelligent electricity grid with large-scale storage facilities and a large number of home storage systems.  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...
     

    Development of high-efficiency solar cells and modules

    Research institutes, photovoltaic producers, system manufacturers and solar industry suppliers are working together to produce more powerful and durable modules in a more efficient manner. In the SONNE project, companies and researchers are optimising the output and production of modules made of crystalline silicon cells, whereby they are covering the entire production chain and are making the new developments ready for production in a short time. With their developments they want to reduce the costs of solar power by a third.  more...
     

    Online energy storage research portal

    What will tomorrow’s electricity and heat storage systems look like? This question is being answered by the new forschung-energiespeicher.info web portal as of today. It presents projects from the Energy Storage Research Initiative that are concerned with combined wind-hydrogen systems, batteries in the grid and heat storage. The website is aimed at interested citizens, scientists, politicians, journalists and the professional community.  more...
     

    Identifying and minimising fire risks

    To date, 120 fires have been caused by photovoltaic systems in Germany. Given the 1.3 million photovoltaic systems that are currently installed, these are therefore much less likely to cause fires than media reports would suggest. TÜV Rheinland and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE are currently investigating the cause of fires in solar power systems. For this purpose they have evaluated, amongst others, an online survey.  more...
     
    Projektinfo 07/2013

    Facade collectors with perspective

    Scientists from the research and industry fields have developed a facade system which combines several functions: integrated evacuated tube collectors generate solar heat at a high temperature level, and provide even, semi-transparent light and protection against the sun for indoor areas without impairing the view. The system is particularly suitable for offices and other functional buildings with a large number of windows. It can also be used as an architectural design element for facades.  more...
     

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