In­sti­tute of Mar­itime En­er­gy Sys­tems

SWATH harbour setting
SWATH har­bour set­ting
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SWATH harbour setting

A ze­ro-emis­sion har­bour could be on the hori­zon. One of the projects cur­rent­ly in progress at the DLR In­sti­tute of Mar­itime En­er­gy Sys­tems is the de­vel­op­ment of a hy­dro­gen-based en­er­gy sup­ply for ships and their propul­sion sys­tems.
Researching and testing energy systems for shipping
Re­search­ing and test­ing en­er­gy sys­tems for ship­ping
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Researching and testing energy systems for shipping

The en­er­gy sys­tems on ships sup­ply the var­i­ous ar­eas and ap­pli­ca­tions on board. These sys­tems are be­ing de­vel­oped based on new con­vert­ers and re­new­able stor­age me­dia, which will lead to a sig­nif­i­cant change in the struc­ture and spa­tial re­quire­ments in ships. This will af­fect all types of ships, in­clud­ing tankers, freighters, and cruise lin­ers.
DLR Geesthacht site
DLR Geesthacht site
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DLR Geesthacht site

The DLR In­sti­tute of Mar­itime En­er­gy Sys­tems has now moved in­to its of­fices and work­shops at the Geesthacht In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­o­gy Cen­tre (GITZ) on the premis­es of the Helmholtz-Zen­trum Geesthacht (HZG).

The Institute of Maritime Energy Systems develops technologies for the decarbonisation of the energy systems that supply maritime applications with electricity, heating and cooling. To this end, researchers at the Institute are working on issues relating to storage, pre-treatment and conversion of alternative fuels, as well as optimising their efficient supply and use. New developments are simulated, tested in real-life conditions and made ready for certification.

Research departments:

  • Energy Converters and Systems
  • Energy Infrastructure
  • System Demonstration
  • Virtual Ship

Services

The Institute of Maritime Energy Systems offers the comprehensive processing of commissions and projects funded by third parties, including:

  • Research into systems and components for the storage of the energy sources that provide power for maritime applications.
  • Configuring and testing appropriate energy supply systems, conducted in conjunction with users through extensive system development based on the analysis of a ship's power supply requirements.
  • Comprehensive advice on energy supply for maritime applications, including the provision of power, heating and cooling in scalable solutions suitable for a wide range of vessels, from yachts to ocean liners.
  • Estimating and examining developments on a digital twin for future requirements, accompanied by extensive simulations and their evaluations. The different platforms complement each other to ensure that evaluations of applications are based on a holistic understanding of the systems.
  • The final testing of components and subsystems in a real environment, where any questions relating to technical certification are answered.


As part of the collaboration with partners, maritime approval for a given application is obtained.

Contact
  • Alexander Dyck
    Act­ing Head
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Mar­itime En­er­gy Sys­tems
    Telephone: +49 4152 84881 01
    Max-Planck-Straße 2
    21502 Geesthacht
    Contact
  • Jürgen Ortner
    Head Ad­min­is­tra­tion and In­fras­truc­ture
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Mar­itime En­er­gy Sys­tems
    Telephone: +49 4152 84881 01
    Max-Planck-Straße 2
    21502 Geesthacht
    Contact
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