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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.

long-term storage

Thermal Storage | BMWi
Sorption heat storage 12.4.2017

Sorptive heat storage using activated carbon

Activated carbon can be produced from a large variety of carbonaceous source materials. Different methods have also been established for the process steps of carbonization and activation for use in commercial applications. In the project HyAcitv researchers optimize activated carbons and in a further step, molded articles are produced for use in open sorption systems. The application of these moldings is demonstrated in a laboratory storage system. .

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

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