Project portraits - Research for the energy transition

Turbine blade
© Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH

Thermal power plants
Storing electricity with liquid air

Compared to pumped storage tanks, liquid air energy storage tanks can be installed wherever they are needed, regardless of the local conditions.

Combined heat and power generation plant
© MAN Energy Solutions

Thermal power plants
Gas turbines - a building block of the energy transition

New industrial gas turbine with an output of less than 25 megawatts is suitable for use in combined gas and steam turbine plants.

Decorative picture
© Pixabay - Markus Distelrath

Wind power
Test rigs improve the performance of wind turbines

Test rigs ensure reproducible conditions for certification tests. The manufacturers save time and money.

Test facilities
TU Darmstadt

Thermal power plants
Burning waste and storing electricity

Using electricity from waste incineration plants to produce hydrogen, which in a further step reacts with Carbon dioxide to form methanol. 

Transporting the workover rig

Geothermal energy
Mobile rig installs and removes pumps

If a production pump of a geothermal power plant fails, it is removed from the borehole together with the production pipes and transported to the surf

Decorative picture
Kristian Bär

Geothermal energy
Heat from the substratum for Hesse

The investment costs are in the double-digit million range. New methods combine satellite, airborne and terrestrial data.

Cloud camera in the parabolic trough plant La Africana.
© German Aerospace Center DLR - CC-BY 3.0

Solar thermal power plants
Predicting solar radiation for the short term

Solar power plants can be operated more efficiently if the solar radiation is known precisely. 

SIT turbines (Schottel Instream Turbine) on a floating platform operating in Scotland

Hydropower and Marine Energy
Ocean currents – an energy source for the future

A floating platform with a modular turbine system uses the tidal current. 

A finished screen printing stencil is illuminated to print the fingers
© Hans Frintrup GmbH

Lots of low-cost solar power

Reduce production costs of solar cells by optimizing the screen printing process and the passivation of the cells.