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PROMETEO parabolic trough test system on the Plataforma Solar of Almería during operation with HELISOL XA, owned and operated by Ciemat.
© DLR

20 July 2021
Silicone oil as a heat transfer medium for parabolic trough plants

The recently launched Si-CO project seeks to develop a new parabolic trough collector for silicone oil-based heat transfer media. In addition, researchers are investigating how existing parabolic trough plants can be converted to this heat transfer medium.

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Take a pioneering role throughout Europe: Together with the Helmholz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Siemens Energy is researching how supercritical CO2-powered turbines can save costs.
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13 July 2021
Turbo-charged with sCO2 turbines

In the Carbosola research project, teams of scientists develop turbines that run on supercritical carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is known as a harmful greenhouse gas. Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2), on the other hand, can actually do the environment good - by being used as a heat transfer medium in power plant processes instead of steam.

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ZEBRA and PERC+ solar cells in burn furnace
© ISC Konstanz

Photovoltaics
Manufacturing different types of solar cells on a single production line

Manufacturing several solar cell concepts on one line and also further developing PERC and ZEBRA cells for higher efficiency.

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Solar power plant
© SMA

Photovoltaics
Stabilising the power grid with photovoltaic power plants

In the future, solar power plants will be able to take on grid-friendly tasks by using specially tailored inverter technologies and system solutions.

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Monitoring center
© Baker Hughes Company

Geothermal energy
Software system automatically monitors drilling process

A new integrative software system monitors and optimises the entire drilling process. It takes into account current measurements from the borehole.

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