Researchers to Develop ‘Intelligent’ Windows and Façades

Researchers to Develop ‘Intelligent’ Windows and Façades

An international research effort coordinated by scientists from the University of Jena in Germany has set its sights on developing a new breed of energy-efficient windows and facades. The goal of the project, Large-Area Fluidic Windows (LaWin), is to improve the materials and production processes that … Read more…

Project Looks at the Intelligent Coupling of Solar and CHP

Project Looks at the Intelligent Coupling of Solar and CHP

German solar inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology; German HVAC company, Vaillant; and RWTH Aachen University in Germany are conducting a joint research project to find out how best to intelligently couple PV systems with CHP plants and heat pump heating systems. The goal of the … Read more…

Adsorption Cooling Helps Company Save Energy

Adsorption Cooling Helps Company Save Energy

Combined heat and power (CHP) units used in conjunction with thermally driven cooling systems (combined cooling and power, or CCP) are helping German manufacturing companies that require energy-intensive production processes to be more energy efficient. The CHP cogeneration system produces power and heat efficiently and cost-effectively, … Read more…

German Companies Struggle with High Energy Bills

German Companies Struggle with High Energy Bills

As Germany makes plans to shut down nuclear energy plants and switch from coal to completely renewable sources, obstacles come not in the form of opposition, but in terms of sky rocketing energy bills that are pushing many Germans into “energy poverty,” and businesses are … Read more…

Bavarian Building Coated in ‘Frozen Smoke’ Saves Energy

Bavarian Building Coated in ‘Frozen Smoke’ Saves Energy

Boston-based Cabot, a specialty chemicals company, said its Lumira Aerogel has been used to deliver natural light, provide thermal insulation and cut energy costs in a building designed as an energy efficiency role model in Bavaria, Germany. Sometimes called “frozen smoke,” the Aerogel is hydrophobic, … Read more…

Solar/Energy Storage Market to Reach $2.8 Billion by 2018

Solar/Energy Storage Market to Reach $2.8 Billion by 2018

The concept of combining solar power with energy storage technology has caught on, but is still deployed only in niche applications. However, a Lux Research report says that while the market continues to be small, it will grow at a “torrid” pace and reach $2.8 … Read more…

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