Institute of Solar Research

Jülich solar tower
Jülich solar tower
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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
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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 in Spain
Parabolic-trough solar collector at Plataforma Solar de Almería in Spain
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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 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 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
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    Solar Research
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-2744
    Fax: +49 2203 601-4141
    Linder Höhe
    51147  Köln
  • 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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