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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Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have taken a major step forward in the development of receiver technology for solar tower power plants. The innovative radiation receiver CentRec in the solar tower at the DLR facility in Jülich passed its first test at extremely high temperatures in May 2018. During the test, the researchers heated ceramic particles in the receiver to over 965 degrees Celsius, and in doing so demonstrated that concentrated solar radiation can be used to generate and store energy at very high temperatures.
The production of hydrogen using renewable resources plays a key role in the sustainable transformation of the energy and mobility systems. This is because it is a multi-use energy carrier that can be used directly for clean mobility in fuel-cell vehicles, as a store for variable renewable energy sources, or as a starting point for the production of synthetic fuels.
A perfectly manufactured pressure bulkhead is essential for safe flight. This component forms an airtight barrier between the passenger cabin – and the rest of the pressurised fuselage – and the tail section. Only with this bulkhead can the correct air pressure be maintained in the aircraft. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has demonstrated an innovative technology that enables the welding of pressure bulkheads made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).