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

The German government has decided to reduce the protection radius around air traffic control facilities from 15 to 7 kilometres.

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The HiL-GridCoP test stand in the purpose-built hall
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Wind power
Certification in the laboratory reduces costs

In future, the grid compatibility of wind turbines can be tested on the test stand within about three months.

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The cover image shows the Mainz-Wiesbaden gas-fired power plant on the Rhine.
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Thermal power plants
New generation of turbines made of ceramics

Higher efficiencies with lower CO2 emissions: These are the expectations for turbine components made of 3D fibre-reinforced oxide ceramics.

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The cover image shows the new perovskite cluster deposition plant
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Photovoltaics
Perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells on the way from the laboratory to production

A cluster plant set up at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin enables perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells to be produced on industrial wafer sizes.

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Solar thermal power plants
Higher efficiency for solar thermal tower power plants

The team of scientists in the HiTRec3D research project used an innovative absorber to achieve up to 8 per cent higher efficiency than before.

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Quadruple solar cell with anti-reflective coating
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Photovoltaics
Made in Germany: Most efficient solar cell in the world

With a record efficiency of 47.6 per cent, scientists have reclaimed the title of the world's most efficient solar cell for Germany.

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A sampling system to evaluate the thermal stability of storage materials based on nitrate salts.
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Solar thermal power plants
Liquid salt storage for high temperatures increases efficiency

Scientists are researching liquid salt storage tanks for solar thermal power plants that are suitable for high temperatures until 620 degrees Celsius.

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The solar thermal testing ground Plataforma Solar de Almería in Spain
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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
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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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