In­sti­tute of So­lar Re­search

Jülich solar tower
Jülich so­lar tow­er
Image 1/3, Credit: DLR

Jülich solar tower

The DLR site in Jülich is lo­cat­ed about 60 kilo­me­tres west of Cologne and, since mid-2011, has been home to a work­ing group of the In­sti­tute for So­lar Re­search. On 1 Ju­ly 2011, DLR ac­quired the Jülich ex­per­i­men­tal so­lar ther­mal pow­er plant (STJ) from Stadtwerke Jülich GmbH (Jülich Pub­lic Util­i­ty Com­pa­ny).
Closeup of Synlight
The Syn­light fa­cil­i­ty
Image 2/3, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

The Synlight facility

On 23 March 2017, the DLR In­sti­tute of So­lar Re­search ini­ti­at­ed op­er­a­tions at the Syn­light fa­cil­i­ty, a glob­al­ly unique sys­tem. Each of its 149 Xenon short-arc lamps has the out­put of a large cin­e­ma pro­jec­tor. To­geth­er, they pro­duce a light in­ten­si­ty that cor­re­sponds to more than 10,000 times the in­ci­dent so­lar ra­di­a­tion on Earth's sur­face.
Parabolic-trough solar collector at Plataforma Solar de Almería, owned by the Spanish research centre CIEMAT, in Spain
Parabol­ic-trough so­lar col­lec­tor at Platafor­ma So­lar de Almería in Spain
Image 3/3, Credit: DLR/Markus Steur

Parabolic-trough solar collector at Plataforma Solar de Almería in Spain

With heat ac­cu­mu­la­tors, the cur­rent pro­duc­tion of so­larther­mal pow­er sta­tions can be in­de­pen­dent of the vageries of the Sun. So­larther­mal pow­er sta­tions can sup­ply en­er­gy even at night and in over­cast con­di­tions. The Platafor­ma So­lar de Almería is owned by the Span­ish re­search cen­tre CIEMAT.

The Institute of Solar Research develops concentrating solar systems for the generation of heat, power and fuel. These technologies are used, for example, in Solar power plant in Spain, the United States and many other countries with high levels of direct solar radiation. The Institute is represented at the DLR sites in Cologne, Jülich and Stuttgart. In southern Spain, scientists from the Institute are conducting research at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (owned and operated by Spanish research centre CIEMAT), Europe's largest research facility for concentrating solar systems.

Jülich is home to the Institute's two large-scale facilities: Germany's only solar tower and Synlight, the world's largest facility for the production of artificial sunlight. In addition, the Institute operates a solar furnace at its headquarters in Cologne and a small high-flux solar simulator.

Contact
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Pitz-Paal
    Di­rec­tor
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of So­lar Re­search
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Hoffschmidt
    Found­ing Di­rec­tor
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    In­sti­tute for the Pro­tec­tion of Ter­res­tri­al In­fras­truc­tures
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3200
    Fax: +49 2203 601-4141
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
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DLR Institute of Solar Research - Who we are and what we do
DLR Institute of Solar Research - Who we are and what we do
DLR's Institute of Solar Research focuses on research and development in the field of concentrating solar systems. It seeks to build bridges between basic research, large-scale projects and industrial applications. The Institute figures as a prime mover of the development and qualification of solar...
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    In­sti­tute of So­lar Re­search: num­ber of jour­nal con­tri­bu­tions from 2014 to 2018 (44 per­cent of open ac­cess)

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    number of non-open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
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    number of open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
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    In­sti­tute of So­lar Re­search: num­ber of em­ploy­ees (2019)

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    Female
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    In­sti­tute of So­lar Re­search: num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions - 43 per­cent of open ac­cess (2014 to 2018)

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    number of publications of open access between 2014 and 2018 (43 percent)
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    number of publications of non-open access between 2014 and 2018

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