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Bio-fuel from waste made possible

Bio-fuel from waste made possible
Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst concept, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process. The trick: The reaction takes place in very confined spaces inside zeolite crystals.
30th June 2017

Control methods to optimise wind farm performance

Control methods to optimise wind farm performance
Often hundreds of rotors can be installed in a typical wind farm. A little known fact, however, is that the shadowing caused by the wind turbine rotors impacts the performance of neighboring turbines and reduces their lifespan. As part of an EU project, researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are studying these interactions in a wind tunnel and developing a computer model that will help improve the efficiency of wind farms.
14th February 2017

Analysing the ecological life cycle of buildings

Analysing the ecological life cycle of buildings
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have analysed the energy performance of a cooperative residential housing project in Munich across its entire life cycle – from raw material extraction and the use of the building through to the recycling of the building materials. Recently, they presented their results together with their project partners.
23rd January 2017


Open source planning tool for the energy turnaround

Open source planning tool for the energy turnaround
How much electricity flows through the grid? When and where? Where are the bottlenecks? What happens when wind turbines and solar cells feed in additional energy? The answer to these questions are essential for the global energy turnaround. However, for a valid planning, one first needs a solid understanding of the infrastructure. 
6th December 2016

Powering the energy revolution with heat from the Earth

Powering the energy revolution with heat from the Earth
Temperatures in the Earth's interior reach thousands of degrees Celsius. Geothermal technology makes use of this energy. It has enormous potential particularly in Bavaria. In response to an initiative of the Bavarian state government, three universities have formed the Geothermal Alliance Bavaria (GAB), headed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
24th November 2016

X-ray vision reveals how polymer solar cells wear out

X-ray vision reveals how polymer solar cells wear out
Scientists from Technical University of Munich have used the accurate x-ray vision provided by DESY’s radiation source PETRA III to observe the degradation of polymer solar cells. Their study suggests an approach for improving the manufacturing process to increase the long-term stability of such organic solar cells. Unlike conventional solar cells, which are made of silicon, organic solar cells produce electricity in an active blended layer between two carbon-based materials.
13th October 2016

Wind farm control study shows 15% power increase

Wind farm control study shows 15% power increase
The Wind Energy Institute at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its ground breaking study has used wind lidars originating from ZephIR Lidar to demonstrate the possibilities that total wind farm control offers the industry. Wakes were deflected along a line of wind turbines resulting in an increase of 15% actual power output from the combined wind farm production.
6th September 2016

Boosting food production with more crop per drop

Boosting food production with more crop per drop
Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. However, our current water usage is already unsustainable today. The fact that plant leaves lose a great deal of water through photosynthesis is the greatest limiting factor for larger harvests worldwide. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an approach to solving the problem: they have been able to get plants to use water more efficiently without restricting their growth.
12th July 2016

Nanostructured germanium shows promise for PVs

Nanostructured germanium shows promise for PVs
Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich (LMU) have used a new procedure to produce extremely thin and robust, yet highly porous semiconductor layers. The material shows promise for small, light-weight, flexible solar cells or improving the performance of rechargeable battery electrodes.
8th December 2015

Locally-generated power for local consumption

Locally-generated power for local consumption
Transmission losses and fluctuations in electric power grids can be reduced when renewable energy is stored locally. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Kraftwerke Haag, VARTA Storage and the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE-Bayern) have developed a stationary intermediate storage system: the Energy Neighbor.
20th October 2015

Solar cells out of a printer?

Solar cells out of a printer?
Physicists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have successfully printed microelectronic components with extremely thin polymer electrodes, which have improved electrical properties. Flexible displays and touch screens, glowing films, RFID tags and solar cells represent a future market.
17th June 2015


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