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Ongoing Research Projects (extract)


(22. April 2016)
Solar aluminium smelting in a directly irradiated rotary kiln
In this German - South African cooperation, we strive to Elaborate a sustainable way to run the energy intensive Aluminium smelting process. more ...


(11. March 2016)
Scientific Exchange with Middle Asia
The main objective of the project is to promote the exchange between German and Uzbek scientists, and thereby support the build-up of scientific expertise within the research field of solar power plant technology in Uzbekistan. more ...


(10. March 2016)
Retrofit of a parabolic trough solar field with a solar tower
The project Resol (Retrofitting Solarthermal Power Plants) is a cooperation of MAN Diesel and Turbo SE in Oberhausen, the Solar Institute of Jülich and DLR. The objective of the project is to analyze the possibilities to reduce levelized electricity costs by adding solar towers to existing parabolic trough plants within a package of retrofitting measures. more ...


(10. March 2016)
Development of the next generation molten salt power tower
The project PreFlexMS includes tasks within research and development in different disciplines, in order to increase the performance of solarthermal power towers by using liquid salt as heat transfer medium. more ...


(9. March 2016)
Standardisation of yield analyses for solar thermal power plants
A precise forecast of the expected electricity generation, and through that the achievable yield, has a decisive importance for the financing of a power plant project. The calculation models require, in addition to the representation of the technical system, an approximation of the expected irradiation as close to reality as possible. more ...


(9. March 2016)
Innovative parabolic trough collectors made from concrete
In modern parbolic-trough power plants, the cost of the collector field is about 50% of the entire investment cost. The cost-reduction potential for the common steel structures is largely exhausted. Using concrete as the main structural material offers comparatively low material and manufacturing costs, as well as further potential for cost-reduction. more ...

Virtual Institute SolarSynGas

(18. March 2014)
Thermochemical Research for CO2-neutral Renewable Fuels
The Virtual Institute SolarSynGas pursues the long-term goal to produce CO2-neutral renewable fuels efficiently and economically via a thermo-chemical route. Behind SolarSynGas are the DLR Institutes of Solar Research and Materials Research and the three universities KIT Karlsruhe, TU Clausthal and ETH Zurich. more ...


(18. March 2014)
Solar Production of Hydrogen
The European research project SOL2HY2 (Solar to Hydrogen Hybrid Cycles) investigates the Hybrid Sulphur Cycle (HyS) for solar hydrogen production. This process - also known as Westighouseprozess or "Ispra Mark 11" - is considered one of the most promising approaches to generate hydrogen by use of thermal energy. more ...


(18. March 2014)
Solarthermal electricity generation in combination with biomass
In the frame of the EU Project REELCOOP a solar thermal power plant in the small range is being investigated in combination with biomass. more ...


(18. March 2014)
Direct integration of solar steam into fossil steam generator
In the project SolSteam the Institute of Solar Research develops and investigates concepts for the direct integration of solar steam into industrial steam systems in collaboration with its partner Industrial Solar. more ...


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