Solar thermal power plants

Solar thermal power plants are based on conventional power plant technology, supplemented by concentrated solar heat as a source of energy. It can be differentiated between three large-scale solar thermal systems: parabolic trough collectors, Fresnel systems and tower power plants. Solar thermal power plants have been using large thermal storage systems for many years to enable electricity to be generated even during the night. The global market is estimated to amount to around 20 billion euros per year. The German industry is well positioned with components and systems.

news / 2017-07-20

Heliostats are mirrors that bundle sunlight in solar tower power plants and direct it to the central receiver. This is situated at the top of the solar tower. Engineers have now developed a new geometric shape for heliostats with a pentagonal mirror. These are controlled by new software. Five of these new heliostats are currently undergoing practical testing on a test field in Jülich. Read more

news / 2017-07-11

The first meeting of the Flexible Energy Conversion Research Network, which was held on 30th of June 2017 in Jülich, in particular focussed on the structure of the future work. The meeting drew on proposals that were drafted in Berlin in February 2017 during the kick-off event for the network. The network is being launched with five working groups. A key task of the future activities is to provide advice on the development of the 7th Energy Research Programme. Read more

news / 2017-03-27

The founding event for the Flexible Energy Conversion Research Network was held at the end of February 2017 at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin. In future, classic power plant technologies will work under one roof with solar thermal power plants and thermal storage systems. The key task will be to increase flexibility and improve the partial load behaviour in order to support the fluctuating renewable energies. Read more

news / 2017-01-18

On 24 February 2017, the Flexible Energy Conversion Research Network was founded on the initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. This network encompasses highly efficient and flexible fossil-fuel power plants, solar thermal power plants and CO2 capture and recycling processes. The previous Cooretec research initiative was concluded on 7th November 2016 and will be integrated into the new network. Read more

news / 2016-12-14

Gas turbines used in power plants and for the propulsion of airplanes should emit as few pollutants as possible. To achieve this important development goal, the engineers need to better understand the combustion processes within the combustion chamber of the turbine. On a newly developed test rig, researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Rolls Royce Deutschland have jointly conducted an initial series of experiments. The project is called SCARLET and went into operation at the end of 2016. Read more