Energy and Resources – Energy storage and management

Solar parks, wind turbines, biomass facilities – more and more electrical energy is coming from decentralized sources where supply can vary dramatically. After all, wind and solar energy are dependent on the weather and the time of day. Smart grids, innovative storage solutions and energy management systems will make it possible to use renewable energy as and when it is required and keep the grid stable.

Energie und Rohstoffe

Projects

“KaSiLi”: Better batteries for electric cars “Made in Germany”

New thin-film electrodes made of silicon and lithium for the “Research Fab Battery”

In the umbrella concept “Research Fab Battery”, German scientists want to develop novel batteries that are capable of storing at least 70 percent more energy for electric vehicles and smartphones than conventional lithium-ion solutions while maintaining the same volume. As part of the cluster of competence for battery materials “ExcellBattMat“ funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Dresden's “ExcellBattMat Center” (project KaSiLi: structural cathode adaptation for silicon and lithium materials) contributes key components for this new battery generation. On November 1, 2019, researchers from Fraunhofer, TU Dresden and Leibniz started working together on innovative battery electrodes consisting of ultra-thin silicon or lithium layers to achieve high energy densities.

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Dynamic energy management system for SMBs

Solar power, wind power and the lot – the growing use of renewable energy sources is resulting in substantial fluctuations in energy production. Fraunhofer researchers have now made it possible to design industrial processes in small and medium-sized businesses to be demand-responsive. This enables companies to maximize their use of green power from their own power plants, to respond to fluctuations, and, in the future, to contribute to stabilizing the energy supply.

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Redox flow battery

More and more electricity is being generated from intermittent sources of power, such as solar and wind energy. Powerful electric energy storage devices are necessary to level out corresponding irregularities in the power supply. Fraunhofer scientists have recently made an important breakthrough with their development of a redox flow battery that reaches stack power up to 25 kW, with a cell size of 0.5 square meters.

HYPOS – Hydrogen Production Using Surplus Power

The HYPOS project proposes to convert the power from wind and solar energy plants into hydrogen so as to always be able to supply the requested amount of energy and materials. To achieve this, surplus power is to be converted into hydrogen through chemical processes so that it can be stored, transported and used continuously.

Energy Charts

Online energy charts make german energy transformation transparent for all. Fraunhofer ISE now provides online electrical energy data for Germany promptly and free-of-charge. Interactive data charts, which can be individually tailored by the user, display the power produced in Germany from all conventional and renewable sources as well as import and export data.

 

Center for Energy Storage

The availability of renewable energies such as wind and solar power is subject to natural fluctuations, so that the generation of power is coupled with an insufficient supply or surplus of electric energy. These fluctuations have to be balanced out by starting up and shutting down power stations or, preferably, using suitable energy storage systems. The “Center for Energy Storage”, funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, has provided assistance to Bavarian industry, the municipalities and policy-makers, and has also been the competent institution to consult about key technologies in the field of chemical and thermal energy storage.