DLR has more than 700 employees in six institutes at the DLR site in Stuttgart. The main research areas include high performance structures made from ceramic fibre, polymer and hybrid composites, innovative road and rail vehicle concepts, laser system development, energy storage and conversion technologies, gas turbines and combustion processes and the development of receivers for solar power plants.
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Whether it is the digital management of energy supply, thermal storage power plants as a clean route away from coal, autonomous flying multicopters that monitor the solar fields, or high-tech analysis technology for batteries of the next generation and beyond – the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will be present at the Hannover Messe to showcase future-oriented technologies and concepts for the implementation of the Energy Transition, as well as products and services that have successfully made their way from research into practical applications in industry thanks to DLR Technology Marketing.
Electric flight opens up a new dimension in aviation and offers unprecedented opportunities for sustainable mobility in the future. A growing number of projects in both research institutions and industry are investigating how electric – and thus emission-free and low-noise – aircraft concepts can be implemented and which application scenarios are the most promising.
For 25 years, Franz Trieb has worked in the Energy Systems Analysis Department of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). The department of the same name at the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart is investigating energy technologies with the idea of achieving comprehensive sustainability that takes into account ecological, economic and social factors, and has thus made a major contribution to the success of renewable energy sources in Germany and worldwide.
Aviation is not only responsible for carbon dioxide emissions; it also causes other emissions that have an impact on climate change, in particular soot particles. These are produced both on the ground and at cruising altitudes, where they act as condensation nuclei for ice crystals and lead to the formation of contrails, which may linger in the sky as contrail cirrus clouds.