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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).

Official starting signal for Wind Energy Research Alliance

31. January 2013

A unique alliance for German wind energy research was officially formed in Berlin today – the Wind Energy Research Alliance. Representatives of the three partners, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), ForWind, the Center for Wind Energy Research of the universities of Oldenburg, Hanover and Bremen, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology (IWES) signed the cooperation agreement.

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.

Roadmap for sustainable global energy supply

5. June 2012

On 5 June 2012, Greenpeace International presented a fundamental step in the development of sustainable energy supply, in the form of its 'energy [r]evolution' report.

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.

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.

First solar thermal power plant in Southeast Asia is fully operational

25. January 2012

The solar thermal power plant fed its full output of five megawatts into the grid for the first time on 25 January 2012. This power plant went into operation at the end of last year, and is the first parabolic trough collector array in which steam is generated directly in the collectors.

EASAC study on solar thermal power

7. November 2011

As a dependable technology, solar thermal power stations can play an important role in transitioning the power grid to renewable energy sources. In contrast to other renewable sources, they supply electricity on demand and can stabilise the grid.

360 degrees to track the Sun

26. September 2011

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Spanish Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) have brought an innovative, rotary test bench for parabolic troughs into operation at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA) in southern Spain. Using this test bench, researchers will be able to test parabolic trough collectors up to 20 metres long at any angle to the Sun and measure their efficiency.

The power of the Sun and the train of the future at German Aerospace Day

8. September 2011

How much power is there in the Sun? How warm does a cold thumb get when it touches a thermoelectric module? And what will the trains of the future look like? Visitors to German Aerospace Day at the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne on 18 September 2011 will have the opportunity to learn about DLR's work in the energy and transport research areas.

German Aerospace Day at DLR in Cologne – a live encounter with astronauts and high-tech research

19. August 2011

On 18 September 2011, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is holding its Aerospace Day in Cologne-Porz. On this date, DLR and the European Space Agency (ESA) – alongside other partners, will be showcasing their research projects from the aerospace, energy and transport sectors.

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.

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.