Project portraits - Research for the energy transition


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.

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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. 

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Transporting the workover rig
MAX STREICHER GmbH & Co. KG

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

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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.

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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. 

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

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

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

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

Photovoltaics
Lots of low-cost solar power

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

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Maintenance work on the Alpha Ventus wind farm
© Areva Multibrid - Jan Oelker

Wind power
New maintenance concepts for offshore wind farms

New strategies for the operating phase and maintenance of wind farms significantly reduce costs. 

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PROMETEO test facility at the Plataforma Solar de Almería
© DLR

Solar thermal power plants
New high temperature oil successfully demonstrated at Plataforma Solar de Almería

New heat carrier, the silicone oil HELIOSOL 5A can be used in solar thermal power plants even at higher operating temperatures.

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