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Conversion technologies for a sustainable energy future

IEK-14 provides technologies as well as processing concepts and models for the sustainable energy systems of the future that use fuel cells, electrolysis, and fuel synthesis.

IEK-14 is one of the subinstitutes within the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH that focuses on engineering research. IEK-14 aims to conduct research that is socially, ecologically and economically relevant and thus generate ground-breaking results on an international level. This quality of work is achieved through basic research, which is closely coordinated with technical development work in relevant scientific and technical fields of expertise. International cooperation projects with partners from research and industry are particularly important in this respect.


IEK-14 has roughly 100 employees. Its scientific and technological core competences are electrochemistry and energy process engineering. With its application-oriented research objectives, IEK-14 develops water electrolyzers with polymer electrolyte membranes and alkaline electrolytes, solid oxide fuel cells, and generation systems for synthetic fuels. This involves the modeling, implementation, experimental investigation, and process analysis of energy systems and their components as well as electrochemical processes and process control.


IEK-14 focuses on implementing results from research in innovative products, procedures, and processes in cooperation with industry. It is keen to make a contribution to bridging the gap between science and technology. Collaboration with universities, universities of applied science, training departments, and training centers is designed to promote opportunities for further education and training.

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