Research Division "Energy Resources"
Mining and processing of energy resources is the first step in the energy value-added chain. The Research Division “Energy Resources” at CEBra Research focuses on the alternative concepts for using renewable and waste materials. All processing steps from raw materials to energetic usable resources are investigated scientifically. These research activities are concentrated on technical as well as economic aspects of the biogenous energy resources production.
The alley cropping systems for the renewable biomass production developed at BTU, which were used for the recultivation of post-mining landscapes, is one of the most well known projects in this field of research. Furthermore, a new technique for biogas production is in the centre of attention of this division.
Research Division "Energy Conversion"
The focus in this field of research is concentrated on the next step in the energy value-added chain. On the one hand, it deals with high efficient pit coal fired combustion systems, on the other hand, renewable conversion systems in the field of photo-voltaic or solar thermal conversion are investigated.
The activities of this research division in the field of zero-CO2 emission power plant on the basis of the oxyfuel process should be especially pointed out. Additional research focus is placed on the development of future drive systems as a combination of high efficient electrical machines and high end power electronic devices.
Research Division "Energy Supply"
Increasing dispersed generation and liberalisation of electricity markets leads to more pressing problems in ensuring system stability in transmission and distribution networks. One main topic in this field of research deals with the network integration of renewable energies to the local and national electricity grids.
That covers basic research in network planning and protection as well as the implementation of virtual large power plants as a kind of grid substructure to absorb and balance renewable infeed before injecting the energy to the grid. The field of virtual power plants is particularly investigated from the technical point of view as well as from the economic.