Workshop on the sustainable use of domestic carbon resources

Technology development can contribute significantly to an efficient and environmentally friendly use of domestic carbon resources. This is the result of a two-day workshop with participants from China, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany, which took place at the invitation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS in Berlin.

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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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In the hydrogen field of competence, we primarily work on optimizing hydrogen production and storage. In order to make water electrolysis more competitive compared to conventional hydrogen production processes, such as steam reforming, the investment and operating costs must be reduced significantly.

Since producing and storing ultra-pure hydrogen places significant demands on the materials, it is important to have excellent know-how in the area of material characterization and diagnostics. Using electrical, electrochemical and microstructural processes, we analyze and characterize the materials and components that are used in hydrogen production and storage. The resulting findings are used to optimize existing materials and to develop new, more efficient materials.

We also study and analyze the technical and economic relevance of various electrolysis systems in order to make them marketable, supported by research and development projects.

What we offer:

Identifying the degradation behavior of stack components and developing strategies to minimize and avoid this

Material benchmarks

Developing and characterizing improved materials for water electrolysis

Microstructural evaluation of components for electrolyzers and transport containers

Evaluating electrolyzers on an industrial scale

Reliability studies for power electronics and the process and security sensors.