Category: Energy

Low transport losses and small cross sections will shape the transport of large quantities of electricity over long distances. The cables can also be used with magnetic resonance imaging scanners, ships and e-planes.

In a novel process, thin ribbons of rare-earth barium-copper oxides are processed into high-current high-temperature superconducting cables at KIT

In a novel process, thin ribbons of rare-earth barium-copper oxides are processed at KIT into high-current high-temperature superconducting cables

Photo: ITEP, KIT

Large Amounts of electricity can best be transmitted over long distances (more…)

Scientists at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University of Münster have developed a solid-state battery that is very light and durable. It has barely lost any capacity in laboratory tests.

Photo of the new laboratory-grade battery

The solid-state battery uses an anode made of lithium, which is separated from the electrolytes by polymer film. It is still in the test phase.

Photo: Forschungszentrum Jülich / T. Schlößer

Solid-state batteries have great potential. Because solid state batteries (more…)

DLR wants to turn coal-fired power plants into huge batteries. Salt storage tanks should be heated with surplus electricity. This heat can be used to generate electricity in times of low wind and sunshine.

Symbolic picture of a power plant with salt storage and cooling towers, alongside wind turbines and solar panels

The salt storages are pink. The cooling towers are needed for continued operation, as well as the turbine house in front of the left cooling tower.

Photo: DLR

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is moving in two directions when it comes to converting (more…)

Nickel-titanium-shaped shape memory alloy wires efficiently transport heat. They are the basis of a newly developed air conditioner.

Heat Pump

Saarland University scientists are presenting their heat pump with nickel-titanium wires.

Photo: Oliver Dietze

In many companies or private households air conditioners are standard equipment to produce heat or cold. But many coolants damage the climate. And energy efficiency is not far off. Now, engineers at the University (more…)

During plant photosynthesis, mini-reactors transform CO2 and water into bioenergy with light. Collectors capture the photons and feed them to the respective reactor. A new solar technology uses the construction principle to increase the yield.

You can see a large number of sunflowers.

The solar cells constructed on the model of plant photosynthesis achieved an efficiency of more than 40% in tests.


The photosynthetic power of plants, algae and some bacteria (more…)

In Hamburg, the first heat flow storage has been completed, which stores surplus electricity in the form of heat. This solution is significantly cheaper than a large battery.

Siemens Gamesa Electric Power Storage

In the final phase of the construction: the electrothermal energy storage system from Siemens Gamesa in Hamburg-Altenwerder.

Photo: Siemens Gamesa

The German-Spanish wind energy group Siemens Gamesa wants to save part of the electricity generated by its generators in order to be (more…)

Nuclear powered mini-batteries are small, maintenance-free and long-lasting. Russian researchers have now discovered how they can significantly increase the transit time without releasing dangerous gamma rays. The atomic batteries could be used in cardiac pacemakers.

The nickel-63 isotope, which is a candidate for the nuclear battery, decomposes into harmless beta radiation without generating harmful gamma rays. Therefore, it is from the perspective of researchers suitable for use in medicine. Source:

The nickel-63 isotope of interest for the nuclear battery decomposes into harmless beta radiation without harmful gamma rays. Therefore, it is from the perspective of researchers suitable for use in medicine. (more…)

Siemens Gamesa has tuned its eight-megawatt mill to 25% more power. This year, a prototype is to be built. In 2022, the market launch is planned. Then General Electric also wants to start – with twelve megawatts.

Wind turbine stands out from the sea in the coming storm

Photo: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, SA

The German -spanische Unternehmen Siemens Gamesa has developed the world’s most powerful wind turbine. With ten megawatts, the SG 10.0-193 DD, the prosaic name of the predecessor model, exceeds by 25%. It is (more…)

Scottish scientists are checking the principle of compressed air storage. They are convinced that porous rock strata in the seafloor would be suitable as long-term energy stores.

Coast off Britain

Under the North Sea are rock strata that could probably absorb compressed air.

Photo: / phil-bird

Renewable energies are subject to a problem: their yield depends largely on the weather. A consistently safe supply can not be guaranteed with them. On the other (more…)

Surplus electricity could heat storage tanks of liquid metal. This energy can be used to bridge bottlenecks in energy supply. Even natural gas can be used emission-free with liquid metal technology.

Pilot plant for liquid metals at KIT. Their use in thermal energy storage systems is to be researched in the NADINE project.

Pilot plant for liquid metals at the Karssruher Institute of Technology.

Photo: Karsten Litfin / KIT

When the wind blows violently, but hardly anyone wants to consume electricity, there is a problem: it has to be sold at low prices or entire wind farms must (more…)