Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung focuses on research into energy- and resource-saving chemical transformations, especially on catalysis in all its facets. The aim is to develop new, tailor-made catalysts that can be used, for example, to efficiently synthesize complex natural substances or medical agents, or to convert biomass into fuels and important basic chemicals. Research is also being conducted into the storage of hydrogen.
Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT
Fraunhofer UMSICHT is a pioneer for a sustainable world. Exploiting the potential of hydrogen is the objective of the scientists at Fraunhofer UMSICHT. They work – together with other research institutions, industry and commerce – on solutions for the use of hydrogen. This includes the development of materials and components for electrolysis and fuel cells as well as the implementation of cross-sectoral approaches such as Power- to-X or Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU).
Gas and Heat Institute Essen e.V. (GWI)
As the leading energy institute in the branch, the GWI works on sustainable energy supply and efficient energy use in all sectors. The GWI stands for the entire H2 value chain from generation to transport to end use. In addition to overall system analyses, experimental studies on H2 use in the heat and industrial sectors are carried out at the GWI. Due to the close interaction between the research and development, testing laboratory and education departments, the GWI is the point of contact for everything to do with hydrogen.
At the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences R&D activities regarding polymer electrolyte membrane based hydrogen technology are being pushed forward since more than 15 years. New approaches for electrode structures and catalytic layers are being focused on the one hand, whereas on the other hand different fuel cell and electrolyser systems are being developed based on the patented principle of hydraulic single cell compression. High-pressure hydrogen production could already be realized in a near industrial scale up to 45 kW and 100 bar.