The DLR site is located at the Geesthacht Innovation and Technology Centre (GITZ) on the premises of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon. The Institute of Maritime Energy Systems, founded in 2020, became the first DLR research facility in Schleswig-Holstein. Scientists at the institute work on innovative technologies for reducing pollutant emissions and decarbonising shipping – that is, moving away from conventional energy supply based on carbon fossil fuels in maritime transport.
DLR is also utilising synergies with the existing Helmholtz Research Centre for its work. At the DLR site, for example, efficient technologies such as fuel cell systems for ships, or application and storage possibilities for alternative fuels at sea and on land are being devised. In cooperation with industrial partners, application-oriented solutions are being developed and made suitable for practical use. The DLR Institute is building large-scale infrastructure in Geesthacht to test the new energy systems that will be developed. This will first be carried out in standardised laboratory environments and later under realistic conditions on board a research vessel.