DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
Research efforts of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics focus on efficient energy conversion technologies, and on the improvement and acceleration of the use of renewable energy sources. More than 160 employees are engaged in technical and economical studies, experimental work and the development of components ranging from lab-scale samples to pre-commercial prototype plants. Solar Research department with more than 60 employees develops and tests new components for concentrating solar systems in cooperation with industrial partners or by their assignment. Technical and economic feasibility studies are carried out, collectors as well as other optical and thermal systems are built and analyzed, and large international projects are managed. These tasks are embedded in national, European and worldwide networks and research programs, which also provide excellent connections to the future markets in the sunbelt countries.