Project portraits - Research for the energy transition

Offshore wind farm in rough seas
© Mike Mareen –

Wind power
Intelligent systems monitor wind turbines

Wind turbines: For the first time, the condition of the towers' surfaces can be assessed solely on the basis of digital data.

Digester of the Gussenstadt biogas plant
© Ludger Eltrop

The role of bioenergy in the energy system

Bioenergy has a special role to play among renewable energy sources. To achieve this, it must be able to fit flexibly into a complex energy system.

The picture shows a rotor of a Siemens gas turbine.
© Siemens AG

Thermal power plants
Increasing gas turbine output through precise cooling

Scientists are working to further develop manufacturing technologies for gas turbines in order to meet the ever increasing demands...

The picture shows a III-V//silicon tandem solar cell, the nano-structured rear side shimmers in rainbow colours.
© Fraunhofer ISE - Michael Schachtner

Triple solar cells achieve record efficiency

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed multi-layer solar cells with an efficiency of 35.9 per cent.

Offshore wind park
© Jack Russel –

Wind power
Offshore wind turbines: New coatings protect against corrosion

New coatings for flanges of offshore wind turbines are to provide lasting protection against corrosion.

Outside view of the Pfalzwerke geothermal plant in Insheim
© Pfalzwerke geofuture GmbH

Geothermal energy
Avoiding standstill of geothermal plants

A new patented system with two parallel filter units filters fine particles and protects the heat exchanger and injection well.

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

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.

Installation of offshore wind turbines
© Oliver Kranz

Wind power
Protecting wind turbines from corrosion

Cost-effective repair of corrosion damage to support structures caused by seawater and microorganisms on site.

Solar power plant

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.