DLR e.V. (German Aerospace Centre)

DLR, the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (German Aerospace Centre) is Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Energy and Transport is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. Its research portfolio ranges from basic research to innovative applications and products of tomorrow.

A high level of third-party funding from the private and the public sector underlines the competence of DLR’s institutes and the relevance of its research fields.

Its more than 7000 employees in 31 institutes at sixteen locations all over Germany provide multidisciplinary and system competence and operate large-scale research facilities. DLR intensively cooperates with universities, other research institutions and industry at the national, European and international levels.

DLR’s energy research has a long-standing tradition. Energy research aims to substantially contribute to the development of a sustainable energy system, mainly focusing onto the supply side. These research and development activities cover energy conversion technologies, selected renewable energies, energy storage and systems analysis.

The topics include gas turbines, combustion, concentrating solar power, wind power, fuel cells and electrolysis, thermal and electrical storage. Materials science and numerical simulation provide important support for various aspects, while systems analysis delivers strategic advice. All these topics require a wide range of expertise, larger installations, and continuity over several years, all of which can be found at DLR.

Researchers at DLR have wide‐ranging expertise in the natural and engineering sciences and can use the facility’s unique equipment to carry out their experiments. They draw on synergies with current activities in the field of aeronautics, space and transport research, combine experimental and numerical work, and focus their efforts on practical applications.

DLR is aware of its role in society and takes responsibility for its employees. It initiated School Labs to foster the curiosity of pupils by exploring technical phenomena. Education and training of young scientists and engineers are a core activity of DLR.

DLR has implemented several measures supporting equal opportunities for women and men. It has two certificates for equal opportunities in its personnel policy: the audit “Work and Family” (“Beruf und Familie”) and the “Total E-Quality” award.

DLR’s institutes “Institut für Verbrennungstechnik” (Institute of Combustion Technology) and “Institut für Technische Thermodynamik” (Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics) will cooperate in this project.

The R&D activities of the Institute of Combustion Technology focus on the experimental and numerical analysis and development of combustion processes and highly efficient power plant systems. Key aspects are fuel-flexibility, the reduction of emissions, safety and reliability of the systems. For more than 10 years the institute has been applying this expertise to the development of innovative, highly efficient and fuel flexible micro turbine based CHP systems. In the Gas Turbine department various test rigs for combustor testings and three micro gas turbines for research of power plant systems are operated. The department has sound knowledge in combustor development, power plant characterization through experiments and simulation.

Contact Person: Melanie Herbst
Email: Melanie.herbst@dlr.de
Address: Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany
Tel.: +49 711 6862 209
Fax: +49 711 6862 578