The research institutes of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are a member of the Helmholtz Association (link to install HG). The work of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics is integrated in the field of energy research.
To pursue long-term research goals of the state and society and to preserve the livelihoods of the people and to improve them, is the task of the Helmholtz Association. It identifies and addresses the grand challenges facing society, science and industry through strategic programs aligned edge research in six areas:
Eighteen scientific-technical and medical-biological research centers have joined forces in the Helmholtz Association. With nearly 36,000 employees and an annual budget of around 3.8 billion euros, the Helmholtz Association is the largest scientific organization in Germany.
The work of the Helmholtz Association is in the tradition of the great natural scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894).
Complex issues can be handled by defining strategic programs within the respective research areas in a unique way. The scientists cooperate across the borders of institutions and disciplines and compete for research funding.
The research programs are assigned to the six major research areas of the Helmholtz Association.
Within the research area Energy, the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics is involved in the program Storage Systems and Cross-linked Infrastructures - for the renewable energy age, in the following topics:
In the programme Technology, Innovation and Society - transformation processes and analyses of the energy system within the research area Energy, the priorities of the Institute are the following: