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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


Overarching Themes | BMWi
Cavern storage 12.4.2017

Using salt caverns throughout Germany

Which salt formations are suitable for storing hydrogen or compressed air? In the InSpEE-DS research project, scientists are developing criteria that enable locations to be assessed even if the exploration is still at an early stage. Compared with the previous InSpEE project, the researchers have now widened their investigations to cover all of Germany and also special salt formations... more


Physical Storage | BMWi
Flywheel energy storage systems 12.4.2017

New design reduces system costs

Flywheel energy storage systems can play an important role in stabilising the electricity grid. When required, they provide high outputs within milliseconds. The short-term electricity storage systems also act as active voltage filters for optimising the electricity quality. In the KoREV-SMS project, scientists are developing a flywheel energy storage system with an external rotor design. This results in a higher energy density with lower acquisition costs compared to conventional flywheel energy storage systems. .

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Electrical Storage | BMWi
Energy storage flywheels 12.4.2017

Faster power storage with high cycle rate

Energy storage flywheels as short-term intermediate storage for regenerative energy generation systems can help keep the power grid stable. With good efficiency, they absorb or emit high power levels – while at the same time having an extremely durable cycle. In the ENERSPHERE project, scientists are working on a flywheel rotor with a superconducting bearing. This makes it extremely intrinsically safe and robust. .

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Physical Storage | BMWi
Phase-change material (PCM) 11.4.2017

Increase dynamism with three-dimensional wire mesh

To equip modular storage units for a temperature range of 150 to 350 degrees Celsius and achieve high energy and power densities at the same time, is the declared aim of the researchers in the MOSPEDRA-project. The scientists first need to increase the dynamics of the memory modules. They want to achieve with a new metallic thermal wire mesh, which is embedded in a phase-change material. ... more


Electrical Storage | BMBF
Lithium-ion batteries 11.4.2017

New generation of lithium-ion batteries

A young research group investigated aqueous electrolytes based on lithium-ion batteries for intermediate storage of electrical energy. The young researchers are developing new coatings and electrolytes for the stabilization of the active components. ... more


Physical Storage | BMBF
Sea water electrolysis 10.4.2017

Hydrogen from the sea

Scientists of Berlins Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität explore catalytic systems for hydrogen electrolysis directly from seawater. The non-precious metal catalysts should be inexpensive to produce. They make it possible to store renewable energy as hydrogen even at sites with water shortage. This option could be used for offshore wind farms or solar thermal power plants. ... more


Physical Storage | BMBF
Synthesis 3.4.2017

Synthesising methane cost-effectively

In the Katmethan project scientists want to find new peptide-based catalysts for low-cost synthesis of methane. The chances of success are uncertain due to lack of data. The efficiency depends primarily on the achievable efficiency of the catalytic reaction, the catalyst cost per unit and the stability of the catalysts. ... more


Physical Storage | BMBF
Analysis 27.3.2017

Store hydrogen in natural gas deposits

Can hydrogen be stored for longer in the underground of natural gas fields? Researchers evaluated as a part of the project H2STORE geohydraulic, mineralogical, geochemical and biogenic interactions in underground storage of hydrogen in depleted natural gas deposits. ... more


Overarching Themes | BMBF
Analysis 21.3.2017

Power Supply and Storage Demand in 2050

RESTORE 2050 was primarily concerned with the European power supply network of the future. Amongst other aspects, it was investigated the importance of the extension of the transmission network, storage and methods of load management for a reliable power supply based on weather dependent renewable energy sources. ... more


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