Project portraits - Research for the energy transition

ZSW researcher manufacturing perovskite solar cells

Environmentally friendly and efficient: thin-film solar cells in tandem

In the CAPITANO project, researchers have developed a tandem solar cell that combines two thin-film-based solar cell types (perovskite and CIGS).

Image caption: Scanning electron microscope image of a solar cell front contact with a triangular cross-sectional area, printed with LIDE-structured glass foil stencil.
© Lorenz et al., Proc. WCPEC-8, Mailand (2022)

New printing technologies for efficient silicon solar cells

The INNOMET project team has succeeded in printing fine-line contacts with a triangular cross-section on crystalline solar cells.

The Lausward steam turbine power plant in Düsseldorf at night.

Thermal power plants
Turbomachines indispensable even in a climate-neutral world

Away from fossil fuels towards hydrogen. The ECOFlexTurbo project provides support here by researching combustion systems and developing them.

A solar tower power plant stands in the desert.
© Bob -

Solar thermal power plants
Hybrid power plants generate cheap solar electricity - around the clock

The hybrid CSP-PV power plants produce renewable electrical energy both during the day and at night.

A solar tower power plant, numerous heliostats are grouped around a solar tower.

Solar thermal power plants
Sharp focus with sandwich heliostats

A new sandwich mirror panel made of thin steel sheets with a core of polyurethane should help reduce electricity generation costs.

Hydrogen panel of the TPDE's syngas fuel supply.
© DLR - Lizenz: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Thermal power plants
Worldwide unique technology platform for micro gas turbines

DLR has a technology platform for testing and further developing fuel- and load-flexible micro gas turbines that is the only one of its kind.

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...