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Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy launched

25. April 2012

The International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) presented the first Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy at the Clean Energy Ministerial Forum, which took place in London on 25 and 26 April 2012.

Mechanical tests for SHEFEX

18. April 2012

The SHEFEX II (SHarp Edge Flight EXperiment) spacecraft successfully withstood vibration on a shaker and spinning at two rotations per second. These tests represented the final simulation of the conditions that the space vehicle will be subjected to during its launch in the summer of 2012.

Biokerosene proven in flight operations

9. March 2012

Lufthansa AG has conducted a long-term test of biokerosene on 1187 scheduled flights. This involved one of the engines of an Airbus A321 being powered by a fuel mixture containing 50 percent biosynthetic kerosene.

"We need energy storage for the energy transition"

5. March 2012

Until now, energy storage has mainly been used in devices such as mobile phones or notebook computers. Energy experts say this is going to change. As the use of renewable energy sources expands, the electricity grid will change and energy storage facilities will be required to take on an important role in this process.

DLR tests Australian spacecraft

8. December 2011

Can new types of engine make spaceflight easier and more economical? This question is being investigated by researchers at the German Aerospace Center using one of Europe's leading hypersonic wind tunnels, located in Göttingen.

Offshore wind power in the North Sea – huge potential and enormous challenges

10. August 2011

If companies and wind power equipment manufacturers find favourable conditions, the North Sea could become home to offshore wind farms with a combined generating capacity as high as 135 gigawatts by the year 2030. This is the result of a study conducted as part of an international project chaired by the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and in which the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) was involved. The study made recommendations to politicians on the optimum way of developing wind power in the North Sea while remaining compatible with other uses of that body of water.

Lufthansa using biofuels on scheduled flights

15. July 2011

Deutsche Lufthansa AG started using biofuels on its regular scheduled flights on Friday, 15 July 2011. As part of this project, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will be taking exhaust gas measurements directly on the engine and comparing the emissions from kerosene and from the biofuel.

DLR Airbus A320 ATRA taxis using fuel cell-powered nose wheel for the first time

6. July 2011

On 30 June 2011, DLR’s A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) taxied around Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport propelled by an electric nose wheel. In the taxiing tests, researchers and engineers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Airbus and Lufthansa Technik demonstrated a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel. When installed in airliners, such nose wheels could significantly reduce noise and emissions at airports.

Mehr Leistung und Flexibilität für solarthermische Kraftwerke durch Direktverdampfung und Speicherung

Direct steam generation and storage – better performance and flexibility for solar thermal power plants

31. March 2011

On 31 March 2011 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Spanish utility company Endesa inaugurated a direct solar steam generation and energy storage pilot plant at Carboneras, located in southern Spain. In this type of solar power plant, steam is produced directly from concentrated solar radiation and used to drive a generator. The highlight of this facility is a new system that efficiently stores energy, both as sensible heat and latent heat. The stored energy can be used to generate electricity even at night.

Konzentrierende Solartechnik: DLR und das Australian Solar Institute forschen gemeinsam

DLR and the Australian Solar Institute sign agreement on joint research into concentrating solar energy technology

16. March 2011

At a meeting in Berlin on 16 March 2011, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Australian Solar Institute (ASI) agreed to cooperate on research into concentrating solar energy technology. Senator Kim Carr, the Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and Ulrich Wagner, the DLR Executive Board Member for Energy and Transport, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support this initiative. The technology is best suited to regions with high levels of solar radiation, which includes large parts of Australia.