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Physical Storage | BMBF
Solar hydrogen production 3.10.2016

Direct conversion of solarenergy in hydrogen

So far, in solar hydrogen generation PV modules are coupled via a dc interface with a central electrolysis unit. The aim of the joint project "HyCon" was therefore a radical simplification of the system by using novel integrated approach. To this end, in a concentrator High Efficient III- V multijunction solar cells are connected directly to an electrolysis cell. In tis way, still unmatched conversion efficiencies of sunlight into hydrogen more than 20 percent can be achieved. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMBF
Organic PCM 5.9.2016

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 achieved a fundamental understanding of the physical principles. Based on the experimental findings, models developed that make it possible to forecast the crystallisation properties. ... more


Electrical Storage | BMWi
PEM elektrolysis 30.8.2016

Put stacks through their paces

Stacks with a capacity of one megawatt class have so far not been sufficiently investigated. In this project, scientists are developing a globally unique test center for PEM electrolysers. This stack may soon be studied for up to 1 MW connected load. ... 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


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


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


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Latent heat storage 1.7.2016

Thermal characterization of PCM

Scientists from the ZAE Bayern develop measurement methods to characterize PCM materials in application-oriented samples. The project PCM Metro aims to a better understanding of quantity-dependent phenomena compared to standard laboratory procedures. ... 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
Performance Potential 1.4.2016

Forecasting the potential of caverns

What potential is there for energy storage in the salt structures of Northern Germany? This question is being addressed by researchers in the InSpEE project. They are investigated the planning bases and selection criteria for constructing salt cavern storage facilities. The researchers are also investigated how much compressed air and hydrogen can be stored in these. ... more


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