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DLR tests components for solar power plants in Morocco and South Africa

6. March 2014

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is testing the performance and durability of reflectors and receivers for solar power plants in Ouarzazate, Morocco and in Bokpoort, South Africa.

Wind turbines and solar power plants – where to construct which system?

7. February 2014

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has released a free version of the simulation program FreeGreenius.

A comet landing, a German astronaut and alternative fuels for air traffic

23. January 2014

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are driven by the desire to improve life on Earth. Among other things, they are working on aircraft that one day will produce less noise emissions and run on alternative fuels, while their more efficient turbines emit fewer pollutants. But DLR researchers are not simply concerned with improving airborne mobility, they also have their feet firmly on the ground, helping us reach our destinations in fast and green transportation, for instance in electric vehicles. And talking about transport, in May 2014 astronaut Alexander Gerst, is scheduled to embark on a six-month journey on board the ISS, where he will conduct numerous experiments in various fields, including biology and medicine, to name just two, that will contribute to improving life here on Earth. Alexander Gerst's mission – Blue Dot – expresses this desire. Viewed from far away in space, the Earth resembles an azure, vulnerable speck. The Rosetta spacecraft will send a wealth of new data back to Earth as it chases a comet, venturing deep into space during 2014. The European spacecraft will reach its destination, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, after around 10 years of travel. One of the highlights will be the landing of Philae on November 2014. DLR played a major role in building the craft and operates the lander from its control centre in Cologne.

Tschüss 2013, hallo 2014!

Looking back to the future – goodbye 2013, hello 2014!

20. December 2013

What has a certain SANDRA to do with a digitally networked sky? And why do we consider a research flight that does not even take off newsworthy? Where exactly does the noise emitted by aircraft come from and how can it be reduced? How does an astronaut prepare for a six-month stay on the International Space Station, ISS? DLR 2013 annual film has the answers.

Energy from the Sun and the wind

13. December 2013

Throughout his doctoral thesis, Marc Röger developed a contactless measuring technique, which measures the heat transfer of solar power plant components. It is for this discovery that he was awarded the DLR Wissenschaftspreis (Award for Contributions made to Science).

DLR creates country energy scenarios, commissioned by Greenpeace

22. November 2013

Switzerland will be able to obtain 98 percent of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources by the year 2050, while the corresponding figure for Poland reaches nearly 90 percent. In the long term, a sustainable energy supply is possible in both countries. These figures are shown by energy scenarios that DLR researchers have prepared on behalf of Greenpeace.

Li-EcoSafe – more efficient and safer batteries for electric vehicles

14. November 2013

The range and performance of electric vehicles depends directly on the batteries used. Lithium-ion batteries are currently considered very promising for use in alternative vehicle propulsion systems due to their high energy density and low capacity loss when frequently, but incompletely, charged and discharged.

DLR begins operating new test facility at Jülich solar tower

17. October 2013

Researchers at DLR have started operating a receiver test facility on the tower of the solar power plant in Jülich. In a solar power plant, solar radiation is converted into heat in the receiver.

The Institute of Solar Research extends its offer of capacity building courses for CSP specialists at the MENA partner countries with online video tutorials

2. October 2013

In 55 videos, researchers from DLR facilitate profound knowledge about the fundamentals of CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) project planning, construction, maintenance and optimisation of solar thermal power plants.

German Aerospace Day: Harvesting energy, a life without traffic jams and a world record attempt

12. September 2013

We all want energy to be available when we need it. During German Aerospace Day, energy researchers at DLR will demonstrate how innovative storage devices can be used to efficiently harness energy.

New, globally unique combustor test facility at DLR

New, globally unique combustor test facility at DLR

14. August 2013

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is building up its resources for investigating environment-friendly gas turbines and to this end has teamed up with industrial partners Alstom and Rolls-Royce. On 14 August 2013, the three partners attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a modern, globally unique combustor test facility. This signals the start of some 47 million euros of investment in the expansion of the infrastructure at DLR’s Cologne site. The aim of this collaboration is to further increase the efficiency of combustors and at the same time to significantly reduce exhaust gas and noise emissions from gas turbines. Starting in mid-2014, the new high-pressure combustor test facility (Hochdruckbrennkammerprüfstand 5; HBK5) will be used to perform combustor tests that contribute towards the development of future generations of aircraft engines and power generation turbines.

The man who set forth to capture the wind

31. July 2013

Holger Hennings was one of the first people to show an interest in wind power. He followed the failure of the large Growian science project and saw how wind power turbines went on to become a surprising success. Today, Hennings works at the DLR site in Göttingen, making wind power turbines safer and more efficient to operate.

Always looking to the sky – DLR and CIEMAT commission a meteorological station for solar power plants

6. June 2013

How much solar energy reaches a power plant? Is the Sun often obscured by dust or other atmospheric particles? Power station operators need a great deal of meteorological data before deciding on the location of a new power plant.

A solar research and test centre for Morocco

23. May 2013

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is devising plans for a solar power research and test centre in Morocco on behalf of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen).

Solarturm Jülich

TerraSAR-X image of the month – A game of mirrors

11. March 2013

2153 mirrors twist and turn at DLR Experimental Solar Thermal Power Plant in Jülich, directing sunlight onto a 22-square-metre receiver. TerraSAR-X, the German radar satellite operated by DLR, can also detect the mirrors as they follow the Sun – from more than 500 kilometres above Earth.

2013 – international collaborations and diverse research projects

24. January 2013

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is using knowledge for tomorrow to shape the future of our society today. DLR is a world-renowned partner for research and will continue to develop its international network in 2013 by establishing new collaborations with research institutes and universities.

More efficient solar power plants – DLR test facility for direct steam generation now operational

23. January 2013

At the Plataforma Solar de Almería in southern Spain, researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have put a test facility for solar thermal power plants into operation.

Global online atlas for solar and wind power

16. January 2013

During its Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) made the world's first global atlas for renewable resources public.

In Algerien soll das erste Turmkraftwerk in Nordafrika gebaut werden. Für dieses Projekt haben das Ministerium für Hochschulwesen und wissenschaftliche Forschung der Demokratischen Volksrepublik Algerien und das Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (BMU) ihre Zusammenarbeit vereinbart. Angestrebt wird der Bau eines Gas%2dSonnenwärme%2dKraftwerks mit einer Leistung von bis zu sieben Megawatt. Wichtige Teile der Kraftwerkstechnologie wurden maßgeblich vom Deutschen Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) gemeinsam mit Partnern entwickelt.

Algeria plans construction of first solar tower power plant in North Africa

17. October 2012

The first solar tower power plant in North Africa will be built in Algeria. The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) have agreed to collaborate on this project.

Less expensive solar thermal power stations: "It is not the end of the development"

28. September 2012

In Morocco, a group of companies led by Saudi Arabian ACWA Power International is going to build a power plant that will provide electricity for less than 15 euro cents per kilowatt hour.

 
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