Guidelines for hydrogen safety

A hydrogen safety guide is now provided by the "HYPOS" initiative. The Fraunhofer IMWS contributed its expertise in risk analyses for electrolysis systems.

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TotalEnergies, Sunfire and Fraunhofer give the go-ahead for green methanol in Leuna

TotalEnergies announced the launch of the e-CO2Met project at the Hydrogen Lab Leuna together with the electrolyser manufacturer Sunfire, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP and the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS. Methanol can be produced from low-carbon hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide, which is an important approach to reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions.

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Inbetriebnahme Hydrogen Lab Leuna
© Fraunhofer IMWS/Michael Deutsch
Von links nach rechts: Gerd Unkelbach (Leiter Fraunhofer CBP), Prof. Dr. Matthias Petzold (Leiter Fraunhofer IMWS), Dr. Markus Wolperdinger (Leiter Fraunhofer IGB), Joachim Heider (Leiter Vertriebs-region Nordost, Linde Gas), Thomas Behrends (TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH), Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer (Präsident der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Dr. Sylvia Schattauer (stv. Leiterin Fraunhofer IMWS) Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt (Leiter Fraunhofer IMW), Willi Frantz (TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH).

Hydrogen Lab Leuna starts operation

Hydrogen Lab Leuna is the first pilot plant for testing and scaling electrolysis systems to be fully integrated into a chemical park.

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© Fraunhofer IMWS
Am Elektrolyseteststand wird beispielsweise ermittelt, wie sich neue Materialien in Elektrolyseuren auf deren Lebensdauer und Wirkungsgrad auswirken.

Unique research platform: Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab Görlitz becomes a pioneer for the hydrogen economy

The development of future-proof and sustainable hydrogen technologies is crucial for the success of the energy transition. The Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab at the Innovation Campus Görlitz (HLG) will provide a unique research infrastructure for this purpose in the future and combines the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS.

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Freude über den Startschuss: Willi Frantz (Geschäftsführer der TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH), Prof. Dr. Ralf B. Wehrspohn (Vorstand Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), Gerd Unkelbach (Leiter Fraunhofer CBP), Dr. Sylvia Schattauer (stv. Leiterin Fraunhofer IMWS), Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann (Minister für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitalisierung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt), Dr. Joachim Wicke (Vorstandsvorsitzender HYPOS e.V., von links).

»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 HLL Hydrogen Lab at the Leuna chemical site, Saxony-Anhalt and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are setting new standards.

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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