April 11, 2018 | Flexible energy systems through sector coupling – and a dexterous robot

DLR at the Hannover Messe 2018

  • DLR will be showcasing its work at two stands during the Hannover Messe 2018
  • On the 'Taking energy further' stand in Hall 27, DLR will be showing how a functional coupling of sectors can contribute to the Energy Transition
  • On the 'Science2Business' stand in Hall 2, DLR will be presenting technology projects and innovations that partner companies or spin-offs are developing to market readiness
  • Focus: Energy, sector coupling, technology marketing, Hannover Messe

Energy is more than electricity; in order to increase the proportion of renewable energy not only in power generation but also in the areas of heating and mobility, energy must be transferred from one sector to another. At the Hannover Messe, from 23 to 27 April 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will show how the coupling of sectors makes the energy system more flexible and more environmentally friendly (Hall 27, Stand H84). With the theme 'Science2Business', DLR is presenting innovations and new ideas that have been developed from research results and are now on the threshold of market introduction (Hall 2, Stand C75).

Without functional coupling of sectors, the Energy Transition will not succeed

A large proportion of energy is consumed in the areas of heat (heating and cooling) and mobility. Whilst it was possible to generate more than one third of electricity from renewables in 2017, this proportion used was just under 13 percent in the heating area, and only five percent in the transport sector. For a successful Energy Transition and to meet climate-protection goals, these areas must also convert to utilising renewable energy sources. By coupling the three sectors, if there is an excess of electricity the energy can, for example, be transferred to the heat and mobility sectors. Conversely, the energy can be converted back into electricity as required. DLR is working on such couplings as well as on networked solutions for energy systems in numerous research projects.

"In its research areas of energy and transport, DLR has ideal and unique opportunities to link these two areas. It is one of the leading research facilities in the area of sector coupling," said Karsten Lemmer, the DLR Executive Board Member responsible for Energy and Transport. "Through our research, we can identify future challenges for energy systems and can devise solutions. In addition, we can provide comprehensive policy advice on energy matters."

On the stand 'Taking energy further' in Hall 27, DLR will be showcasing, among other things, electrolysis processes for converting solar energy into fuel, intelligent energy management for buildings, the fuel-cell aircraft Hy4 and a high-performance thermal storage system that can increase the range of electric vehicles.

In addition to the energy stand (Hall 27, Stand H84), this hall also has further DLR exhibits on the shared exhibition stand 'Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries' (Stand C66).

Find more information about our HMI energy stand here.

Science2Business – new ideas for successful innovations

In addition to its research activities, DLR is also a point of contact for innovative companies, and is thus an interface between industry and research. DLR Technology Marketing, together with private-sector partners, supports ideas and technologies developed at DLR – through spin-off companies or the granting of licences – until successful market launch. "DLR thus creates a fast and flexible transfer of research results and technologies to the market," said Rolf-Dieter Fischer, Director of DLR Technology Marketing.

On the DLR stand in the Research & Technology Hall (Hall 2, Stand C57), DLR is showing technology projects and innovative ideas that are on the threshold of market launch. In total, 11 topics will be presented, which are being marketed by spinoffs from DLR or by partner companies. For example, COPRO Technology GmbH offers individual solutions for the production of lightweight components manufactured from fibre-reinforced composite materials. The DLR spin-off uses the technology in the construction of aircraft and cars, and for maintaining wind turbines. The humanoid robot, 'David', developed at DLR, can control all of the individual joints in its fingers and is thus unusually dexterous. Amongst other things, it can carry out maintenance work in hazardous environments. The Integrated Positioning System (IPS) can be used in environments about which it has no prior knowledge. With a stereo camera and rotation and acceleration sensors, the IPS can emulate the human sense of orientation and transmit its data in real time.

These and other innovations can be found on the DLR stand in Hall 2 at Stand C57.

Find more information about our HMI Science2Business stand here.


Dorothee Bürkle

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Media Relations, Energy and Transport Research

Dr Cornelia Schlesier

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Technology Marketing
DLR Technology Marketing
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