Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) see major potential for the expansion of deep geothermal energy in Bavaria. In its Geothermal Energy Master Plan analysis the research group Geothermal-Alliance Bavaria looks at possibilities for providing geologically disadvantaged regions in the State of Bavaria with sustainable district heating using long-distance heat transport. This is the first time that the technical potential of the hydrothermal geothermal energy in southern Bavaria has been analyzed. The study was commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, which recently published the report.
The Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology (BayBatt) at the University of Bayreuth celebrates the inauguration of its new premises in the presence of Minister President Dr. Markus Söder. On four floors and an area of around 7,000 square metres, the building offers plenty of space for research and development of safe, sustainable and intelligent energy storage systems - in close cooperation between scientists and companies. The central task is interdisciplinary research at the interfaces of materials science, electrochemistry, engineering, information technology and economics, as well as university teaching on the topic of battery storage.
As a child, Dr Brigadier Libanda was fascinated by the weather report on TV. Today, he researches climate change and searches for solutions to this global problem - currently on a Humboldt Foundation fellowship at the University of Würzburg.
A science and industry consortium is working on a testing station to achieve significantly higher charging rates than have been possible in the past. This is intended to increase the electrification of heavy-load transports in the future. More robust charging points and accordingly configured vehicle components are to drastically reduce charging times for heavy-duty trucks, making electric drives more attractive to freight carriers. The project's objective is to reduce battery charging time to only 15 minutes in the future.
In the future, small and medium-sized enterprises will be expected to include the topics of climate protection and climate neutrality in their information policy to a greater extent than before. The joint project "Climate Reporting at SMEs (KliK)", which started at the University of Bayreuth on 1 October 2022, is aimed at these companies. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding ”KliK” as a project on "Climate Protection and the Financial Sector (KlimFi)" for 30 months with around 590,000 euros.
On October 12, 2022, the Center of Energy Technology (ZET) at the University of Bayreuth will host the "Industry Day" for the first time. Representatives of companies from all branches of industry are invited to learn first-hand about the latest findings, innovative applications and cutting-edge technologies in fields of energy research and energy engineering. Together with ZET scientists, they can explore opportunities for cooperation in research and development. Participation is free of charge.
The European electricity market is one of the largest in the world in terms of its size and the volumes of electricity traded. It is divided into bidding zones in which consumers pay an identical price for electricity. This partition and the security of supply is regularly assessed by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), which is advised by a panel of international experts on adjustments required by energy policy. Recently, Dr. Martin Weibelzahl from the University of Bayreuth was appointed as a member.
Putting a price on CO₂ emissions and thus making emissions more expensive can make a significant contribution to reducing them. In a study published in the Economic Journal, Prof. Dr. Fabian Herweg, University of Bayreuth, and Prof. Dr. Klaus M. Schmidt, LMU Munich, compare two governmental instruments of carbon pricing with regard to their effectiveness: A carbon tax strengthens the willingness of households to voluntarily reduce CO₂ emissions. In contrast, a market for trading emission allowances that is based on a pre-determined emissions cap has a discouraging effect. It leads to higher emissions and shifts the burden of climate protection onto consumers with lower incomes.
The production of "green hydrogen" by electrolysis from renewable electricity is a key technology in the energy transition. One unsolved problem so far has been the need for expensive, hard-to-find precious metals. This is where the “HighHy” project, launched on 1 August 2022, comes in, in which the University of Bayreuth collaborates with Fraunhofer IFAM and three universities in New Zealand. Together, the partners want to develop a cost-effective and resource-saving process for water electrolysis that uses nickel and manganese as catalyst materials. The BMBF is funding the project for three years, the University of Bayreuth will receive a total of around 240,000 euros.
Passive day cooling is a promising technology for the sustainable reduction of energy consumption. It avoids the heating up of buildings by solar radiation and dissipates accumulated heat without external energy consumption. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have now created a test system with which the materials used for passive cooling can be reliably characterised and compared - regardless of weather conditions and environmental conditions. The measurement setup presented in "Cell Reports Physical Science" is the first step towards a standardised, globally applicable test system for comparing high-performance cooling materials.