Vereinigung der Österreichischen Zementindustrie

Review: Proceedings of forum on
“Concrete as an ­Energy Storage Medium”

The transition of the current energy system involves a shift from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas to renewable, strongly volatile energy sources, including wind and solar. It poses a wide range of challenges that our society is confronted with on various levels. An expert forum organized by the Association of the Austrian Cement Industry in late 2014 dealt with this topic, as well as with the role that concrete can play to make the energy transition a success story. The proceedings of this forum have just been published and can be downloaded from the association’s website (...

Related articles:

Issue 02/2016 Renewable Energy Sources Law (EEG)

Concrete as energy storage for solar power plants

The expansion of renewable energies is the declared objective of the German Federal Government and a central pillar of the energy transition. The Renewable Energy Sources Law (EEG) was established in...

Issue 02/2016 Proposed solution and project objectives

Hybrid concrete tanks for future-proof energy storage

Energy storage systems are becoming increasingly important in the course of expanding generation from wind power and photovoltaics in order to resolve the residual load issue in electricity grids....

Issue 02/2017 ETA Factory, TU Darmstadt

Precast elements for a building with holistic energy ­efficiency optimization

In the run-up to the Marrakech Climate Change Conference, the German federal government adopted a climate action plan that envisages a 55?% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The CO2...

Issue 09/2017

Precast Concrete Components for the Energy Transition – Part II: Solar energy

In Germany, the key phrase “solar energy” conjures up images of solar cells or photovoltaic panels, made up of silicon solar cells. The bluish-silver glossy energy generators are ordinarily found on...

Issue 03/2018

Precast Concrete Components for the Energy Transition – Part III: Hydropower

In Germany, water power (hydropower) is almost exclusively used to generate electricity. About 3.5 % of Germany‘s annual gross power generation is produced in hydroelectric power plants. This is most...