Female engineer inspecting solar panel.
Research

An oil that can handle extreme temperatures

Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are currently testing a new silicone oil in sunny Andalusia. The oil is to serve as a heat transfer fluid able to raise the efficiency of solar-thermal power plants. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is providing funding for the project. Find out more

Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Quote of the week

"I am delighted that around 90 percent of the projects that were awarded funding in the second round of auctions for ground-mounted photovoltaic installations have actually been realised. This shows that holding auctions and achieving a high rate of realisation are not a contradiction in terms.”

Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (go to press release)

direkt reports

  • Germany and California: Bilateral energy conference in October

    Policymakers for energy, business people and representatives of think tanks from German and the US state of California will come together in Sacramento this October to discuss a range of different topics linked to the energy transition. The California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference 2017 is jointly organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the California Energy Commission and will take place from 19-20 October.

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