The solar thermal testing ground Plataforma Solar de Almería in Spain
© Universidade de Évora - Hugo Faria

Solar thermal power plants
Solar thermal test system with liquid salt heat transfer medium inaugurated

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and its partners in Portugal inaugurated one of the world's first parabolic trough plants operated with liquid salt.

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The solar thermal testing ground Plataforma Solar de Almería in Spain
© Plataforma Solar de Almeria (owner Ciemat)

Solar thermal power plants
Uniform REPA testing standards for solar thermal power plants

The scientists in the REPA research project are working on uniform testing standards for flexible pipe connections in solar thermal power plants.

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The photo shows an industrial photovoltaic system with high-voltage transmission lines in the background.
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Photovoltaics
Powerful inverters for photovoltaic systems

Teams of scientists are developing new semiconductors based on gallium nitride for the next generation of efficient photovoltaic inverters.

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Aircraft flying over a wind turbine.
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Wind power
Research projects create space for additional wind power

From mid-2022, wind turbines can be built significantly closer to so-called omnidirectional radio range beacons.

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Interior view of the Bruchsal geothermal power plant.
© EnBW - Uli Deck

Geothermal energy
Thermal water as a source of lithium: Using geothermal plants for raw material production

Raw material for the expansion of e-mobility: Teams of scientists are investigating how lithium can be extracted from thermal waters in Germany.

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Rotating blade for small turbines
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Thermal power plants
Ceramic turbine components for higher efficiency

New powerful micro gas turbines with corrosion-resistant ceramic components enable turbine inlet temperatures of up to 1,400 degrees Celsius.

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Tandem solar cell with record efficiency
© Amran Al-Ashouri/HZB

Photovoltaics
Perovskite tandem solar cell ready for series production achieves efficiency record

28.7 per cent efficiency is the new world record for a solar cell ready for series-production.

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PERC solar cell made from 100 per cent recycled silicon.
© Peter Dold, Fraunhofer CSP

Photovoltaics
World Recycling Day: Recycled silicon for new solar cells

Researchers have developed a method with which silicon can be recovered from retired solar modules and recycled.

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Monopile foundations are driven into the seabed by a special vessel.
© Oliver Kranz

Wind power
Innovative production of monopile foundations reduces costs

Teams of scientists are optimising the manufacturing process of monopiles, heavy steel pipes for offshore wind turbines, to reduce costs.

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