Prof. Ludger Blum (IEK-14) was awarded the Christian Friedrich Schönbein Medal of Honor at the 14th European SOFC & SOEC Forum for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of solid oxide cell technology over the past 30 years.
The transition to a sustainable energy system requires the deployment of new, efficient technologies for the conversion of greenhouse-gas-free secondary energy carriers produced from renewable energy sources. Newly branched off from the old IEK-3 and boasting more than 20 years’ experience in electrochemical energy conversion, IEK-14 is at the forefront of this endeavor. In collaboration with national and international partners from research and industry, we develop solutions for mobile, portable, and stationary applications. We conduct research into using liquid energy carriers as fuels as well as producing and using these in an efficient, environmentally compatible manner. In addition, we work on groundbreaking innovations for electrochemical conversion systems for the direct generation of hydrogen, syngas, and power by means of electrolysis, co-electrolysis, and fuel cells. In doing so, we collaborate closely with the new Techno-Economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3) subinstitute.