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Energy storage - research for the energy revolution

In the medium to long term, the use of storage systems will become increasingly important in line with the constantly increasing proportion of renewable energies. The “Energy Storage Funding Initiative” was established of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
As part of the 6th Energy Research Programme by the German Federal Government, the ministries have set aside around 200 million euros for research projects in the first phase up to 2014. The aim is to further develop a wide range of storage technologies for electricity, heat and other energy sources.

  • Hybride storage system

    Researchers investigate how electrical storage systems optimally work together with renewable energies. more

  • Active coatings for heat storage

    Young researchers construct novel sorptive storage materials for better use of solar heat and the reuse of industrial waste heat. more

  • PV-battery system managed the grid

    Researchers are investigating the opportunities and benefits of different operating strategies for solar battery systems. more

News | 23.6.2014
Focus on the hydrogen storage process chain

Focus on the hydrogen storage process chain

In the PlanDelyKaD project, scientists studied the option of storing surplus electricity as hydrogen and converting it back for use. They considered the entire process chain from generation to storage and use. The research focused on hydrogen electrolysis and gas storage in salt caverns. The study completed in May 2014 reveals the method’s potential on the market...

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News | 18.2.2014
Medium-voltage battery storage systems

Modular 5-megawatt battery storage system

The world’s first modular battery storage system with a performance class of five megawatts is being built in Aachen. This shall use lithium-ion batteries for, for example, short-term power storage, high-temperature batteries across several hours and lead-acid batteries for short and medium discharge times. Construction of the large-scale storage system is scheduled to begin in autumn 2014...

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News | 16.1.2014
“PV Benefit” research project

Private solar power storage systems can relieve the grid

The range of battery storage systems for photovoltaic installations is growing dynamically. The benefits offered by these storage systems for both solar system operators and the entire energy system were therefore discussed by solar and storage experts in December 2013 in Frankfurt am Main. Their conclusion: Decentralised solar power storage systems in private households could provide one of the few functioning business models for stationary battery storage systems for the foreseeable future...

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Portrait | 26.11.2013
Composite materials

Storing solar energy with new materials

The interdisciplinary NEOTHERM junior research group at Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg is developing new materials for storing thermal energy. Using new composite materials, the scientists at the Faculty of Process and Systems Engineering (FVST) want to recover and store unused solar thermal energy and waste heat from industry. This energy can be used, for example, for heating domestic hot water or for space heating.

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News | 12.9.2013
Smart Region Pellworm

Electricity grid makes island self-sufficient

The North Frisian island of Pellworm has been a showcase for energy research since the early 1980s. In 1983, Europe's largest solar farm was built there. In 1989, wind turbines were added to create Europe’s largest hybrid power plant. A smart electricity grid will now make the island power-independent...

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News | 31.7.2013
High cycle durability

Researchers develop dual-ion battery

Scientists from the MEET battery research centre at the University of Münster are working on a new energy storage system which is based on dual-ion battery technology. This system is to be used in stationary plants for the intermediate storage of renewable energies and to stabilise the electricity grid...

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News | 25.7.2013
Geo-scientific principles

Measuring underground storage potential

What is the potential for underground energy storage? Scientists at the Kiel University are looking at this issue and examining the geological conditions for underground storage in a joint project, entitled ANGUS+. The focus here is on storing natural gas, hydrogen and compressed air in cavern and pore storage facilities and storing heat underground but near the surface...

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News | 19.7.2013
Supercapacitors

New areas of application for supercapacitors

Supercapacitors are among the most promising technologies in the field of electrochemical energy storage systems. The aim of a new project at the MEET battery research centre of the University of Münster is to prepare them for new areas of application...

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News | 8.7.2013
Mainz Energy Park

Storing wind energy in the form of hydrogen

An energy park is set to be created in Mainz for completion by 2015. The idea is to temporarily store electricity from wind energy as hydrogen. This can be used as fuel, for generating heat or for reconverting the stored energy back into electricity. The electrolysis plant shall absorb up to six megawatts of electricity and balance out bottlenecks in the distribution grid. This would make it the largest plant of its kind...

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News | 1.7.2013
Power-to-Gas

6-megawatt plant connected to the grid

Scientists and engineers at the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) are researching and developing an industrial scale Power-to-Gas method (P2G).The world’s first P2G plant has now been inaugurated in Werlte, Lower Saxony...

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Supported by: The Federal Government on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag

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28. April 2014
Energy Storage North America

6. October 2014
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4. December 2014
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