Innovation & Engineering

Watching our engineers develop ideas and bring innovative technologies to life is fascinating and inspiring at the same time. In our Innovation & Engineering section we want to share the ingenuity behind our innovations and how they take shape in the form of state-of-the-art submarines, surface vessels, our services as well as naval electronic systems.

Fascination deep sea: Autonomous submarines tap previously unexplored seabed

To this day, the world's oceans and their seabed are largely unexplored. The conditions on the seabed are too extreme for humans – such as the very high pressure that exists in the depths of the oceans. These extreme circumstances have turned the deep sea to a fascination for mankind up to the present day. Above all, researchers, navies and utilities are interested in exploring the great unknown. The goal: comprehensive mapping of the seabed - a kind of Google Maps for the sea floor.

The submarine revolution: lithium-ion battery system for a better performance

For years, researchers and developers have been working on a new battery system for submarines. With a revolutionary result: The new lithium-ion battery system can take technology under water to a new level.

New fuel cells for submarines: Fourth generation of high-tech propulsion

Fuel cells are seen as a great hope when it comes to efficient propulsion technologies for the future. The idea behind them is already around 180 years old - but today they are used primarily in modern submarines. To make submarines cheaper, more powerful and efficient in the future, the marine specialists at thyssenkrupp are currently working on the fourth generation of fuel cells. This is to be used as standard equipment from next year.

New shapes: Submarine components from the 3D printer

Industrial components from state-of-the-art 3D printers have decisive advantages over conventionally produced components. The naval experts at thyssenkrupp in Kiel are therefore working intensively to make 3D-printed components economical for submarine construction as well. The necessary quality and safety standards have already been set - together with a team of specialists from thyssenkrupp in Mülheim, they are now focusing on a major goal: the first series-produced submarine components.

Submarine components from 3D printers go into series production

Industrial components from state-of-the-art 3D printers have decisive advantages over conventionally produced components. By setting up their own team of specialists for additive manufacturing, the naval experts at thyssenkrupp in Kiel are now pursuing a major goal: the rapid and cost-effective series production of 3D-printed submarine components on the local fjord.

TechCenter: 3D printing of parts

With a view to industrializing the 3D printing process, thyssenkrupp’s newly opened TechCenter Additive Manufacturing in Mülheim an der Ruhr/Germany has now started making customized products from metals and plastics in a single digital process.

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