No less than 149 short-arc lamps radiate with 10,000 times the intensity of normal solar radiation on the earth, making up the world’s largest artificial sun. The Institute for Solar Research’s apparatus at the German Aerospace Center in Jülich is intended, above all, for the development of production processes for solar-generated hydrogen as a vehicle fuel of the future. It is, simultaneously, also available to researchers in other disciplines, and to industrial companies. Experts attach great importance to the Jülich facility for research into future energy supplies. Practical expansion of existing technology is now needed in order to meet the targets for the expansion of renewables. But it would be difficult to implement the energy turnaround without simultaneously innovative and practically orientated research that generates new technologies and global lighthouse projects, such as Synlight®. The “super sun” was put into operation in an industrial building at the Jülich Technology Center’s large-scale research facility. In energised state it achieves not only temperatures of 3,500 degrees Celsius, but also the intensity of 10,000 real suns. Something which people could not bear for longer than a second is to be ground-breaking for aircraft. The research here is into the production of hydrogen, which is to be made suitable for use in large aircraft.
The state of NRW is supporting the Synlight project with 2.4 million euros, equating to 70 per cent of the total costs of 3.5 million euros. The remaining 1.1 million euros are to be provided by the federal economics ministry. Synlight is a project operated by the Institute for Solar Research of the DLR. The institute itself was set up with science ministry funding of over 15 million euros. The Institute for Solar Research sees itself as a builder of bridges from basic research, up to and including commercial-scale implementation and application.
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