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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.

Electrical Storage | BMWi
Power-heat systems 12.4.2017

Network storage with hybrid photovoltaic system

Researchers develop new strategies for the operation of hybrid photovoltaic systems in residential buildings and small businesses. For this purpose, the scientists optimize the operation management by simulations and laboratory measurements in the project INE-VES. The optimized operations management will increase the benefit of the system for the power grid, as well as for the owner. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
High temperature storage 12.4.2017

Sorption heat storage for the industry

In MoGeSoWa researchers developed an efficient, cost-effective modular heat storage. The aim was, to increase the energy efficiency of combined heat and power plants. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Latent heat storage 12.4.2017

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
Large-scale hot water storage tanks 12.4.2017

Segmental design reduces costs of storage tanks

Large-scale hot water storage tanks have proved to be reliable and efficient heat storage for cogeneration as well as for solar thermal plants and industrial processes. As part of the research project OBSERW, scientists try to reduce the construction costs of such storage tanks. To accomplish this goal they develop a segmental design for aboveground storage tanks from 500 to 8.000 m³ volumetric capacity. ... more


Thermal Storage | BMWi
Heat storage system in a mine 4.7.2017

Storing heat in mines

What happens to mines that are no longer in use? Could they be used to store heat? Researchers at the International Geothermal Centre are hoping to find out whether mines could be put to this use and are conducting tests in the former Prosper-Haniel hard-coal mine in the Ruhr region to investigate whether it is suitable for heat storage. .

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Thermal Storage | BMWi
Industrial waste heat utilisation 12.9.2017

Foundry using waste heat of the furnace

In energy-intensive industries, e.g. foundry industry or cement industry, the use of waste heat for example as process or space heating energy reduces the consumption of primary energy.  In the Project “IAST” researchers are testing an energy storage system for discontinuous industrial waste heat of a furnace at a foundry. The implementation and commissioning is expected to start at the end of 2014. ... more


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

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