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Niedertemperatur Elektrolyse

Low Temperature Electrolysis

Low temperature electrolysis (e.g. alkaline and PEM water electrolysis) facilitates compact hydrogen production, and combined with suitable storage systems, it represents a key technology that will help us realize an environmentally friendly, reliable, and affordable future energy supply. More: Low Temperature Electrolysis …


Fuel Processing and Systems

Fuel cells require pure hydrogen or hydrogen-rich gas mixtures as fuel. The conversion of gases or liquids into hydrogen-rich gas is referred to as reforming, and the full process chain is known as fuel processing. More: Fuel Processing and Systems …

Energiesystem 2050

Process and Systems Analysis

Our interdisciplinary department performs energy-related process and systems analyses for the purposes of planning and consultation. Data searches and system simulations are used to determine energy and mass balances, as well as evaluate performance, emissions and costs of energy systems. More: Process and Systems Analysis …


Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

As part of the program theme "SOFC" cell components, stacks and systems for high-temperature fuel cell with ceramic electrolytes (SOFC) are being developed in collaboration with various IEK institutes and the central institute ZEA-1. More: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) …

 PEFC stack of the kW class with metallic bipolar plates

Polymer electrolyte fuel cells

Fuel cells are an important component of the emerging renewable energy sector. They have the potential to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and result in lower harmful pollution of the atmosphere and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, thus mitigating the effects of climate change. For fuel cells to compete with other technologies, it is necessary that they are engineered to the highest possible standards using the most advanced tools. These include analysis, performance of physical experiments, as well as the development and application of advanced mathematical models. More: Polymer electrolyte fuel cells …


Physicochemical Fuel Cell Laboratory

In the “Physicochemical Fuel Cell Laboratory" the fundamental structure-activity relationships of complex processes in electrochemical energy converters are investigated in order to demonstrate ways to improving them. More: Physicochemical Fuel Cell Laboratory …