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Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics
The Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt -DLR) in Stuttgart, with further research facilities in Cologne, Ulm and Hamburg, does research in the field of efficient energy storage systems that conserve natural resources, and next generation energy conversion technologies with a staff of 150 scientific and technical employees, engineers and doctoral candidates. The spectrum of activities ranges from theoretical studies to laboratory work for basic research and to the operation of pilot plants. These experimental and theoretical studies are accompanied by systems analysis studies to analyse the associated technological, environmental and economic potential and situate it in a larger overall context of the energy economy by means of scenarios.
A tight network with the University of Stuttgart -especially with the Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Engineering- and with the University of Ulm is existing.
Departments of the Institute
Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment
Because of the inherent inertia of the energy system, any decisions taken in the energy sector have particularly long term impacts. Opportunities offered by new technologies and potential negative consequences on the environment and on society can be identified in time by provident and pro-active decision making. A pre-requisite for such a course of action is a thorough understanding of complex systems, which allows decision makers to find a balance between the technical and economic possibilities of to-day, and the long term development perspectives.
Thermal Process Technology
Implementation of innovative concepts for thermal and chemical energy storage for effective injection of solar and process heat into power plant cycles. Development of high-performance and high-temperature heat exchanger for novel energy transfer processes and efficient use of energy in power, systems and process engineering.
Electrochemical Energy Technology
The section focusses on the development of efficient electrochemical energy conversion and storage, namely electrolyzers, fuel cells and advanced lithium metal batteries. Starting from fundamental investigations of cell components, novel manufacturing methods, novel materials and electrode structures as well as diagnostics are derived contributing to improved system designs. The activities range from the development of protective and functional layers, cell and stack design for mobile applications, testing and durability investigations, as well as system integration and system design for stationary and aeronautic applications.
The further improvement of performance, durability and cost of fuel cells and batteries requires a detailed understanding of the fundamental physical, chemical, and fluid mechanical processes occurring within the cell. In the Modeling and Simulation Group, multi-scale and multi-physics models as well as modern numerical simulation methods are developed and applied. Our particular expertise is in the areas of detailed electrochemical kinetics and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The activities are dedicated to solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC), as well as lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries (LIB).
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... at the STEP, Stuttgart
... in Köln-Porz (CeraStorE)
... at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)
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