The DLR Institute for Maritime Energy Systems researches and develops innovative solutions for the defossilization of-, emissions reduction from-, and enabling increased usage of renewable energy in, waterborne transport. The maritime sector handles 80 percent of international freight transport, forming a key backbone of the world economy. This sector accounts for approximately three percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Most ships today operate on fossil-based heavy fuel oil, which also contributes to unfavorable air quality. In order to transform these applications, the entire energy conversion chain needs to be considered. In cooperation with the maritime industry, the developed solutions are transferred into practice.
Strategic topics and goals of the institute
The institute is building large-scale testing infrastructure consisting of an onshore laboratory and a research vessel to test and develop modular energy and ship concepts. This will create an unprecedented range of testing capabilities, efficiently enable method and concept validation through data analysis, and ensure the reliability of the solutions.
Institute of Maritime Energy Systems