R&D, SOFC and PEFC, plasma spraying
At the booth: Visitors with Prof. Dr. K. Andreas Friedrich (Head of Department Electrochemical Energy Technology, German Aerospace Center)
At the booth: Greig Walsh (Director of Sales and Marketing, Greenlight Innovation) with Florian Leucht (Department Electrochemical Energy Technology, German Aerospace Center)
Exhibit: DMFC (100 W) portable fuel cell system
At the booth: Werner Hoyer (Insitute of Technical Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Center) and David Fronczek. (Insitute of Technical Thermodynamics, German Aerospace Center) with visitors
Exhibit: MobilE-Pack portable fuel cell system
Exhibit: DLR-Board V90-210 (bipolar plate with sensors for smart control of fuel cells)
Company / Institution introduction:
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. DLR’s research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to innovative development of the applications and products of tomorrow. In this way, DLR contributes to the scientific and technical know-how that it has gained, thus enhancing Germany’s industrial and technological reputation. The Institute of Technical Thermodynamics is one of 33 research institutes of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Research efforts of its 140 staff members in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Ulm are focussed on efficient energy conversion and storage with low environmental impact. Furthermore the improvement and acceleration of the use of renewable energy sources is an important goal.
The different sections of the institute are:
• Electrochemical Energy Technology
• Thermal Process Technology
• Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment
The research activities of the Thermal Process Technology department are aiming to enhance the efficency of energy intensive processes, to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and to increase the use of renewable energy sources in the area of thermal conversion, power generation and industrial process heat. In this context, research activities of the department comprise the development of advanced components, processes and systems for thermal management and fuel supply. The department has a unique research infrastructure for fuel processing and for heat storage/heat transfer up to 100 kW range.
The section Electrochemical Energy Technology develops high-efficient energy conversion systems based on fuel cell technologies for low and high temperatures, battery systems with high energy density and electrolysers for renewable hydrogen production. Starting from a fundamental electrochemical research expertise, the institute develops innovative manufacturing processes, novel cell designs, defined functional layers, fuel cell and battery diagnostics, and prototype system for stationary, mobile and portable applications. A specific priority topic is the aviation application of fuel cells where the group has demonstrated a fuel cell-powered unmanned aerial verhicle (HyFish), the first on-board fuel cell sytem in a civil aircraft and recently a manned motorglider Antares DLR-H2 with fuel cell propulsion.
Products / Services on display at HANNOVER MESSE 2011:
Hybrid fuel cell systems, intermittently operated electrolysis, bipolar plate with sensors for smart control of fuel cells, aircraft nose wheel drive operated by fuel cells.