DLR, the German Aerospace Center, is Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, defence and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany‘s Space Agency, DLR is tasked with the planning and implementation of Germany‘s space programme. In addition, two project management agencies have been established to promote DLR’s research. DLR employs 7300 people; the center has 32 institutes and facilities at 16 locations in Germany and also has permanent delegations in Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Washington DC and Almería. DLR is member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres. The different institutes cover a wide range of research topics. DLR conducts research into Earth and the Solar System; it delivers important data for the preservation of our environment and develops environment-friendly technologies to enhance power supply, mobility, communication and security. DLR‘s research portfolio ranges from basic research to the development of products for tomorrow. This versatility allows DLR to fulfil the requirements for successful research in the field of solar energy. The detailed technological insight is provided by the Institute of Solar Research (ISF) and the Remote Sensing Data Centre (DLR-DFD). ISF is working in all fields of concentrating solar thermal power plants including the meteorological ground measurements that are required for CSP. DFD is actively working in the field of energy meteorology, specializing in the meteorological aspects that are specifically needed for the electricity grid integration of solar energy. Twice in succession, in 2006 and in 2009, this research group was awarded the title ‘DLR Center of Excellence’.

Role in the PreFlexMS project:

  • The DLR team consists of several experts from various disciplines each one with contributions in his field of expertise. We bring together competences from 4 fields. DLR-DFD is experienced in analysing meteo data and carrying out weather forecasts especially for energy applications. DLR’s Solar Research Institute contributes with process and modelling knowledge on solar tower plants with molten salt, whereas colleagues from the line focusing systems department bring in their expertise in dispatch optimization methodologies for parabolic trough plants which are now transferred to a solar tower configuration. The meteo aspects are complemented by experts from the Spanish site PSA that contribute with experience on all sky imagers for DNI forecasting for the next 15 to 30min.