The DLR Institute for Solar Research develops concentrating solar systems for the generation of heat, power and fuel. These technologies are used, for example, in Solar thermal power plants in Spain, the United Sates 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. In addition, the institute develops methods for the qualification of solar thermal power plants and photovoltaic (PV) systems. In the field of energy meteorology, the scientists develop methods and systems that enable solar thermal power plants and PV systems to be operated more efficiently. The sensor technology developed at the institute is also used to determine the energy-related renovation requirements of buildings.