Solar thermal power plants

Solar thermal power plants are based on conventional power plant technology, supplemented by concentrated solar heat as a source of energy. It can be differentiated between three large-scale solar thermal systems: parabolic trough collectors, Fresnel systems and tower power plants. Solar thermal power plants have been using large thermal storage systems for many years to enable electricity to be generated even during the night. The global market is estimated to amount to around 20 billion euros per year. The German industry is well positioned with components and systems.

news / 2011-05-19

Ten years after the launch of the publicly funded research programme for the new gas turbine generation, the Irsching 4 power plant with H-class turbines has set a new efficiency world record: in May 2011, engineers from the Siemens technology group measured an efficiency of 60.75% during test operation. With an output of 578 megawatts, the power plant therefore easily surpassed the targeted efficiency benchmark “above 60%”. Read more

news / 2011-03-28

Siemens AG and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) want to demonstrate the practical suitability of high-temperature superconductive technology for generating electricity. With the recently started research project, they are looking to increase the efficiency of generators by 0.5 per cent to 99.5 per cent. That would lead to significant fuel savings in large-scale power plants and therefore also reduce the carbon dioxide emissions. Read more

news / 2011-03-18

At the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, power plant technicians are researching more efficient technologies in order to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in lignite-fired power plants. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and five partners from industry are contributing 1.9 million euros to the project for further developing the pressurised steam fluidised-bed drying of lignite. Read more

news / 2011-03-01

With the "Trusted Cloud" competition, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology wants to tap the potential provided by cloud computing for industry. The "PeerEnergyCloud" project is now planning to develop new control and optimisation processes in a "computer network cloud" for exchanging data in electricity grids. Read more

news / 2011-02-17

At a symposium held in Düsseldorf on 21 September 2010, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the energy company RWE examined the issue of how CO2 can be used as a raw material in new products instead of allowing it to escape into the atmosphere. Read more