|Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. - Institute of Technical Thermodynamics (ITT)|
The German Aerospace Research Centre (DLR) is the largest engineering research organisation in Germany with about 5000 employees. It belongs to the Helmholtz-Society and undertakes applied research and development in the divisions astronautics, aeronautics, energy and transportation. The DLR-Institute of Technical Thermodynamics in Stuttgart is active in the field of renewable energy research and technology development for efficient and low emission energy conversion and utilisation. A staff of about 145 people is working in the section Electrochemical Energy Technology, Thermal Process Technology, Solar thermal Energy and System Analysis. The section Electrochemical Energy Technology has a staff of about 45 people and is active in the development of polymer membrane fuel cells and of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) with planar design. The activities on the high temperature fuel cells (SOFC) are mainly devoted to the development of advanced concepts for lightweight SOFC operated at reduced temperatures. The cells are fabricated by plasma deposition processes on porous metallic substrates. The institute is equipped with all necessary facilities and instruments, e.g. SEM, EDX, porosimetry, TGA, XPS, XRD, and about 30 fuel cell test stations with different capabilities.
DLR is running several national and European research projects and has strong collaboration with industry operating in the field of fuel cells.
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