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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


Physical Storage | BMWi
Huge water tanks for buildings 1.7.2016

Hot water storage tank

Scientists develop a new type of hot water tanks with volumes between 5 to 100 m³ for outdoor use. The specific costs shall reach from 750 to 900 €/m³. Additionally the thermal ability of the tanks will be improved significantly by adding a combination of innovative concepts. ... more


Physical Storage | BMBF
Water electrolysis 4.7.2016

Hydrogen drying using cost-efficient membranes

Cost-efficient and highly selective membranes might have the potential to separate the water effectively with low parasitic energy demand. The main objective was to coat a stable polymer carrier structure, which is highly permeable for hydrogen, with an ultra thin metallic layer in a range of several nano meter thickness. The resulting composite membranes should be tight for water but highly permeable for hydrogen. ... 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


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 | 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


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


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


Physical Storage | BMWi
Supply networks 4.10.2016

Coupling renewables with electricity and gas grids

In the KonStGas project scientists examined the potentials to integrate renewable energy sources, resulting from the coupling of energy networks. For this purpose, they model the energy flows of the total energy supply structure and evaluate the results from an economic perspective. They derive recommendations for the adjustment of energy infrastructure and future energy market. ... more


Physical Storage | BMWi
6.10.2016

World's first industrial power-to-gas plant

In the WOMBAT project, researchers are pursuing the idea of combining the electricity and gas network. The intention is to utilise surplus electricity from renewable sources for generating hydrogen. This is synthesised with carbon dioxide in biogas plants to form methane, which is the main component of natural gas. This makes it possible to utilise the complex infrastructure for the gas industry, ranging from the transport to the storage. ... more


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