Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy SystemsBusiness area “Hydrogen Technology”
Research focusFor over 20 years, Fraunhofer ISE has been carrying out applied research in the business area Hydrogen Technology. The work covers applied research and development on hydrogen production by means of reforming and electrolysis, hydrogen storage s well as hydrogen conversion into electrical power and heat by means f PEM fuel cells.
Goals of researchOur overall goals can be summarise as follows:Short-term: Development of hydrogen technology including approaches and components up to prototypes and market-ready products.Medium-term: Technological support for the commercialisation of fuel cells and hydrogen generators.Long-term: Establishment of hydrogen as one of the future energy carriers for a sustainable energy economy based o renewable energy sources.
ResourcesThe scientific investigation of the physical, chemical and electrochemical reactions and mechanism constitutes the basis for an optimized design of our components and systems. In order to constantly improve our technology, we employ simulation tools, dynamic simulation models, wide-ranging characterisation options for in-situ and ex-situdiagnostics and automated longterm measurement equipment. The scientific and technical equipment comprises state-of-the-art analysis tools e.g. standard MS, GCs, FTIR, Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) with EDX and an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP-MS) unit. Core equipment are purpose-built test benches e.g. amulti-channel impedance system for spatially resolved measurement on PEM fuel cell stacks.
Published April 16, 2010
This project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement n° 245262.