New research centre for solar thermal power generation

When it comes to solar energy, the DLR is not inexperienced and has been dealing with solar thermal power stations for more than 30 years (CSP: Concentrated Solar Power). In sunny regions such as Spain and the southeast of the USA this technology has become increasingly important during recent years. CSP uses sunlight to produce steam, which then generates electricity by driving a conventional steam turbine.

Within the next five years, the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia will subsidize this new institute with approximately € 27 million. "The DLR is already a focus of many skills. With the new possibilities that we are creating in Jülich we will be able to accelerate development and to implement innovation cycles in this technology very quickly", commented Co-Director Bernhard Hoffschmidt about this investment. Especially as far as the innovation cycles are concerned, other renewable energies still lead the way as solar thermal power plants are usually very large projects with long lead times.

The DLR already operates several solar research sites within Germany and has approximately 100 employees in this area. In the context of this new solar research institute, solar tower research in Jülich, which is not far from Cologne will also be expanded.

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