40 Years of Energy Research

40 years of DLR energy research

Forty years ago, prompted by the shocking rise in oil prices at the start of the 1970s, political and economic figures began to think about an energy supply other than oil, coal, and uranium. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), which at that time was still the DVLR, had already begun applying its expertise to energy research in 1969 to directly tackle this social challenge. In 1976 energy research was established as a secure, long-term research field at DLR. Research since then has been devoted to solar power plants, fuel cells, environmentally friendly gas turbines, energy storage systems, and wind turbines. The systems analysis studies in particular made key contributions to a pioneering energy policy in Germany that has also provided food for thought internationally.

To mark the 40th anniversary in 2016, we will present the highlights of recent years' energy research, allowing key players to communicate their work and outlooks for the future, to demonstrate how research can contribute to a sustainable and secure energy supply.

Looking back