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Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3)

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Conversion technologies for a sustainable energy future



The transition to a sustainable energy system requires the deployment of a range of efficient technologies for the conversion, storage and distribution of renewably-generated power and heat. The IEK-3 is at the forefront of this endeavor. In collaboration with national and international partners from research and industry, we develop solutions for mobile and stationary applications and conduct groundbreaking research into Electrochemical Systems and the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, including its production, distribution and storage. Additionally, we formulate concepts and models for the energy system of the future.


High-Temperature Fuel Cell Achieves Lifetime of More Than 11 Years

Jülich, 7 February 2019 – They waited for it to achieve a lifetime of 100,000 hours before gradually bringing their lifetime test to a close a few days ago: researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich developed a fuel cell and operated it at a temperature of 700 °C for more than 11 years. During its lifetime, this high-temperature fuel cell produced electric power for more than 10.5 years – longer than any other high-temperature fuel cell so far. More: High-Temperature Fuel Cell Achieves Lifetime of More Than 11 Years …


Research topics

The key fields of scientific and technical competence are low-temperature water electrolysis, reversible solid oxide cells (rSOCs), auxiliary power units (APUs) with reforming of liquid energy carriers that could be used to provide hydrogen in fuel cells, fuel synthesis and energy systems analysis. More: Research topics …


Committee Work

IEK-3’s national and international reputation in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen technology is reflected in the fact that IEK-3 scientists are members of and collaborate with national and international committees. More: Committee Work …