About Etwicklungszentrum für Schifftechnik und Transportsysteme EV (DST)
The DST is an international research institute with more than 60 years of experience in the areas of inland and coastal shipping and transport systems. Key elements of the DST business are the investigation of the special flow conditions of ships in inland and coastal waters with restricted depths and the support of the inland navigation sector in the development and modernization of vessels. Among others, special focus is on renewable energy generation in terms of wave and tidal power plants.
Furthermore, issues of traffic engineering and -logistics as well as transport economics are in focus with the objective to access new potential of inland navigation and thus contribute to economic and ecological approaches to meet the increasing demand for transport.
Since 2008 the DST runs a ship handling simulator, called SANDRA. In addition to use in research projects, the education and training of crew members in the simulator is becoming more important, as the simulator can usefully supplement the on-board training.
Role in the Project
Within the Space@Sea project DST involvement will be related to harvest of energy from the relative motions of the modules; definition of high level design of the energy converter; strategic logistic optimization; consideration of options of coastal, river-sea and sea-going inland vessel; design of platform related supply services; Integration capability / Validation and demonstration of subsystems.