At DLR, processes and plant technology are being developed to produce "solar fuels" such as hydrogen, synthesis gas or methanol by means of concentrated solar radiation in high-temperature processes, which also include recycling processes, metallurgical processes and solar gas-solid reactions. These processes include, for example, the reforming of hydrocarbons, thermochemical processes for splitting water, the recycling of aluminium scrap or the solar production of cement and clinker.
DLR's central activities in this context are the development and evaluation of such processes as well as the elaboration and evaluation of technologies for the integration of solar hightemperature heat and solar electricity in corresponding pilot and demonstration plants. The services and work results of the DLR Institute of Future Fuels (FF) contribute to making a rational and environmentally friendly energy supply technically and economically possible.
You will be part of an interdisciplinary, multinational research team of materials scientists, chemical and materials engineers and have access to state-of-the-art chemical and ceramic laboratory facilities and a broad infrastructure of analysis and characterisation of material properties available at the DLR site in Cologne-Porz-Wahn. You will use these to develop and characterise materials.
You will work in a team to find technical solutions for integrating these materials into prototypes and using them to carry out processes that generate solar hydrogen or ammonia, for example. You will conduct scientific studies and process analyses in the field of solar process engineering and fuel production. You will work in international project teams.