September 14 + 15, 2021
Stuttgart, Germany
DLR - German Aerospace Center - Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

DLR - German Aerospace Center - Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

Booth No. 43, List-Saal

Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
70569 Stuttgart

DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. We conduct research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. Our 9000 employees share a mission – to explore Earth and space and develop technologies for a sustainable future. In doing so, DLR contributes to strengthening Germany’s position as a prime location for research and industry. At DLR's virtual conference booth you will meet researchers of the DLR research institute of Engineering Thermodynamics based in Stuttgart, with further research facilities in Cologne, Ulm, Oldenburg and Hamburg. We do research in the field of efficient energy storage systems that conserve natural resources, and next generation energy conversion technologies with a staff of 180 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 Energy Storage - and with the Helmholtz Institute Ulm at the University of Ulm is existing. As last year we are accompanied also by our colleagues of the DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts with our common exhibit. The DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts researches, develops and evaluates new vehicle concepts and technologies in light of future demands on the transportation system. As a systems institute, they develop and demonstrate innovative, application-based solutions for road and rail vehicles, thereby contributing to the design of a sustainable and cost-effective, user-oriented, secure and networked mobility concept. Their contributions range from design and planning to construction, calculation and simulation through to the manufacture of research demonstrations, components and vehicles.

Product Highlights:

The section Electrochemical Energy Technology of the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, a team of about 60 persons, develops efficient electrochemical storage and conversion devices, namely electrolysers, fuel cells, and advanced batteries. These technologies are becoming more important in future energy systems due to the transformation of the energy sector in Germany. Our activities range from materials development, cell design, stack development, manufacturing and advanced diagnostics up to system optimization. For specific innovative applications we develop demonstrators and prototypes. Scientific and technical challenges for electrochemical energy technology include finding solutions to conflicting goals of efficiency, durability, safety, reliability and cost reduction. Today we present our latest research on Gas Diffusion Layers (GDL) for fuel cells. Join us to explore the insights of Fuel Cells and how we can improve e.g. the efficiency and life expectancy ! We are happy that our colleagues from the section of Thermal Process Technology and from the DLR-Institute of Vehicle Concepts are presenting with us - explore the newest developments of their exhibit "Thermal Management for Fuel Cells Vehicles" - an integration of two coupled metal hydride reactors in hydrogen drivetrains to increase the efficiency.


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  • Fuel Cells
  • Production
  • Fuel cell components
  • Fuel cell systems
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Hydrogen production
  • Electrolyzer
  • Other mobility concepts
  • Hydrogen infrastructure
  • Safety, testing and certification
  • Standardization and regulation
  • Product and system development
  • Universities, research organizations
  • Consulting
  • Power-to-Gas
  • Flexible sector coupling
  • Industrial storage solutions
  • Vans
  • Trains
  • Light vehicles
  • Ships and Ports
  • Passenger cars
  • Aircrafts