»Green« hydrogen on a large scale

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future – and rightly so, if it is »green« and is produced from water using electricity generated from renewable energies. With the ELP electrolysis test platform at the Leuna chemical site, Saxony-Anhalt and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are setting new standards.

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Large electrolyzer Leuna winner in the ideas competition Real-World Laboratories of the Energy Revolution

Today in Berlin, Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier selected “GreenHydroChem Central Germany” as one of the winners in the “Real-world Laboratories of the Energy Revolution” ideas competition of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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Global Debut: Hydrogen energy storage in caverns

As part of the HYPOS research initiative, on May 1st, a pilot project for the underground storage of hydrogen in Central Germany will get underway. The aim of the project “H2 Research Cavern” is the development and regulatory approval of a research platform for the storage of hydrogen in a salt cavern.

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Safe and lightweight high-pressure tanks for the storage and transport of green hydrogen

Green hydrogen plays a key role for the energy revolution because it can comprise the unifying element between the electricity, mobility, and industrial sectors. For this potential to be revealed, efficient processes for the storage and transportation of green hydrogen are necessary. The four project partners Hexagon Purus GmbH, RayScan Technologies GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM are working together on the development of safe and lightweight high-pressure tanks in which hydrogen can be stored and transported at an operating pressure of up to 1000 bar.

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OCP Group and Fraunhofer IMWS sign a partnership agreement for the creation of a world-class research laboratory in Morocco

The Fraunhofer IMWS in Halle (Saale) and the Fraunhofer IGB in Stuttgart, Straubing and Leuna are intensifying their cooperation with partners in Morocco.

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Conductive polymer composites for electrolysis

Innovative composite materials could be more cost-effective and efficient than previously used materials. The Fraunhofer IMWS wants to make them ready for use in water electrolysis.

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Electrolysis test platform in Leuna starting in 2019

The new plant will combine innovative technologies for producing green hydrogen with an excellent infrastructure of gas pipelines and gas storage systems.

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Successful participation at Hannover Messe fair

The Fraunhofer IMWS presented its portfolio relating to water electrolysis.

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We deal primarily with optimizing the generation and storage of hydrogen. The objective is to reduce the cost of investment and the operating costs to increase the competitiveness of water electrolysis in comparison to conventional hydrogen production processes such as steam reforming.

Since the production and storage of highly pure hydrogen places substantial requirements on the materials used, excellent know-how in material characterization and diagnostics is an important prerequisite. With the help of electrical, electrochemical, and microstructural processes, we analyze and characterize the materials and components used to produce and store hydrogen. The knowledge gained is used to optimize existing materials and develop new, more efficient materials.

We also study and analyze the technical and economic relevance of various electrolysis systems to make them ready for the market by conducting supplemental research and development.


We offer:

  • Identification of the degradation behavior of stack components and the development of strategies for its minimization and prevention
  • Material benchmarks
  • Development and characterization of improved materials for water electrolysis
  • Microstructural evaluation of components for electrolyzers and transport containers
  • Evaluation of electrolyzers on an industrial scale
  • Reliability studies on power electronics and on the process and safety sensors