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Flagship of the funding initiative

Batteries in the distribution grid

The projects range from batteries connected to photovoltaic systems in households to electricity storage facilities capable of storing megawatts of power which can be used by energy supply companies. Key research topics include electrical or electrochemical systems for storing electrical energy, such as batteries, redox flow or double-layer capacitors, and mechanical storage systems, such as compressed air storage, pumped storage power plants or flywheels. Other projects being funded include new storage concepts and research into connecting decentralized storage systems.

Electrical Storage | BMBF
Metal-air-battery 18.10.2016

Electricity from air and magnesium

Researchers from Bonn, Ulm and Berlin develop the basis for rechargeable high energy batteries in the project MgLuft. This uses magnesium as a negative and an air electrode as the positive electrode. The magnesium-air battery is to be used in future as a novel electrochemical energy storage in power systems. ... more

Electrical Storage | BMBF
Double layer capasitors 1.9.2016

Activated carbons increase energy density

Scientists develop new electrode materials for high-efficiency double layer capacitors within the project ActivCaps. In contrast to purely empirical investigations they will characterize the structur of the materials at the nanoscale and will adjust simulation algorithms to the materials. The developed simulation tools can then be used for development of materials. ... more

Electrical Storage | BMWi
Redox flow battery 1.8.2016

Liquid storage simplifies network expansion

Scientists of the project SmartPowerFlow integrated a large redox-flow battery into the power grid of a German operator. They wanted to find out to what extent energy storages increase the capacity of the grid and so reduce the cost of grid expansion. ... 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

Electrical Storage | BMWi
M5BAT battery storage power plant 28.7.2016

Battery storage system with five megawatts of capacity

Researchers at RWTH Aachen seek credible answers on the costs and savings potential of battery storage power plants together with industry partners. A modular battery storage power plant, unique worldwide, with five megawatts of capacity is currently being developed for this purpose. ... more

Electrical Storage | BMBF
Redox-flow batteries 7.7.2016

3D electrodes for more power and longer shelf-life

In FLOW 3D researchers created porous carbon structure, which represent a completely new class of materials. This should lead to an improvement of power density and stability for both redox flow cells and other electrochemical systems. ... more

Electrical Storage | BMBF
Charging process 6.7.2016

Charging batteries more quickly

How can the capacity of electrochemical storage systems be increased while shortening the charging time at the same time? Using acoustic surface waves, researchers achieved this with lead-sulphuric acid batteries. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Integrated electricity market model 6.7.2016

Analysing energy storage in the electricity system

Scientists develoedp an integrated electricity market model. They analysed the optimal combination of storage, networks and electricity in the European electricity system looks like. The model identifies a current system that enables efficient interaction of all components mentioned at minimal cost. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMBF
Crystal physics 2.5.2016

Future concepts for electrochemical energy storage

The project CryPhysConcept aims to the development of future concepts for electrochemical energy storage and its implementation and introduction to the market. The main efforts of the joint project are employing modern methods of crystallography, crystal chemistry and methods for crystal structure and physical properties prediction, and the preparation and analysis. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Study 31.3.2016

Energy Storage Systems in 2030

Which system infrastructure is most economic for the supply system? What will be the storage requirement in 2030? These questions addressed by scientists in the Merit Order study. For this purpose they recorded the characteristic values of possible storage technologies and distinguished them in regional terms. ... more

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


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