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Focus of the funding initiative

Storing heat

In the various research networks, researchers are working on improving the components and structure of known technologies, for example, using new and less costly materials. One particular focus is on latent heat storage and sorption storage systems. The main application areas are storage for conventional and solar thermal power plants, for current-regulated CHP plants, seasonal storage for buildings, and storage facilities that simplify the management of heating networks.

Overarching Themes | BMBF
Analysis 21.3.2017

Power Supply and Storage Demand in 2050

RESTORE 2050 was primarily concerned with the European power supply network of the future. Amongst other aspects, it was investigated the importance of the extension of the transmission network, storage and methods of load management for a reliable power supply based on weather dependent renewable energy sources. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Latent heat storage 18.1.2017

Increasing efficiency of power plants and electric arc steelworks

How can energy efficiency in industry and thermal power

plants be increased by using thermal energy storages? Researchers are studying

the integration of thermal storage in different industrial and CHP processes.

The focus is on high temperature storages with a storage temperature above 200

°C. A highlight of the project TESIN is the development, design, build,

commissioning and operation of a latent heat storage unit in the operating CHP

plant in Wellesweiler, Saarland of STEAG New Energies. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMBF
Composite Material 18.10.2016

Increasing the storage density with salt hydrates

How can solar energy be stored better? For optimisation purposes, scientists in the ThessaPor project are developing composite materials that store solar energy thermochemically. The composites are structured so that an inorganic salt is stored in them. This makes it possible to combine the advantages of water vapour sorption storage systems with the advantages of storage systems based on the reversible hydration of salts. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Large scale emission-free electricity storage 18.10.2016

Compressed air instead of a pumped-storage power plant

Since 2009, scientists in the joint ADELE project are investigating adiabatic compressed air storage systems with a focus on turbo machines, thermal storage systems and caverns. In the ADELE-ING follow-up project, researchers are now comparing the various process versions. This is intended to drive forward the basic and detail engineering required for a preliminary demonstration plant and act as an investment basis. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Analysis 1.8.2016

System analysis energy storage

How can excess electricity be used across sectors and versatile? The En:Sys-analysis shows possible interactions, existing between the areas of electricity , heat and transport through the use of various energy storage technologies and power-to -X. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Latent heat storage based on salt 18.7.2016

„SALSA“ makes steam and waste heat useable

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Novatec Solar and Köllemann are developing a salt-based latent heat storage called SALSA. This is to used for waste heat recovery in industrial processes. In the end of 2016, the storage will be integrated and tested in the southern Spanish power plant PE1. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMBF
Organic PCM 14.7.2016

Phase change material is crystallised

With micro-encapsulated or emulsified organic phase change materials, the solidification temperature is frequently below the melt temperature. This so-called undercooling is a hindrance for many applications. By means of systematic investigations, the researchers want to achieve a fundamental understanding of the physical principles. Based on the experimental findings, models shall be developed that make it possible to forecast the crystallisation properties. ... more


Physical Storage | BMWi
PCM storage 14.7.2016

Cheaper slurries for cooling processes

In order to reduce the cost of PCM storages, scientists develop new slurries and materials for cold storages. The aim of the project KOLAN is to develop an emulsion with a very high heat capacity. At a temperature difference of 6 Kelvin it should store about four times more heat than water. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Latent heat storage 14.7.2016

Fridges with latent heat storage

Researchers are studying the economic and technical potential of refrigerators with phase change materials as a sliding load in the electrical network. The aim is to demonstrate the feasibility and advantages and to determine the costs. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Smart Grid 13.7.2016

Household appliances store heat

When refrigerators, washing machines or dishwashers store heat temporarily, they require less energy and can transfer their power consumption partly in low-load periods. A manufacturer of household appliances develops concepts for such products in cooperation with project partners from industry and research. The focus is on latent heat storages. ... more


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

Dates

28. March 2017
Battery conference 2017

8. May 2017
Energy Storage World Forum 2017

10. May 2017
Energy Storage Innovations Europe

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