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Flagship projects of the funding initiative

Wind to hydrogen

For the long-term storage of large amounts of electrical energy, it makes sense to use material storage systems, such as hydrogen or methane, after a chemical conversion. These can be used for reconversion or to support the public gas supply. In addition, the gases are also valuable elements for the chemical industry.

Overarching Themes | BMBF
Analysis 9.1.2017

Determining the potential of the substructure

In the ANGUS+ project, scientists examine the potential for energy storage in the geological subsurface. In addition to the storage options for natural and synthetic methane, hydrogen and compressed air in caverns and porous formations, the storage of heat in the shallow subsurface is investigated. ... more

Physical Storage | BMWi

World's first industrial power-to-gas plant

In the WOMBAT project, researchers are pursuing the idea of combining the electricity and gas network. The intention is to utilise surplus electricity from renewable sources for generating hydrogen. This is synthesised with carbon dioxide in biogas plants to form methane, which is the main component of natural gas. This makes it possible to utilise the complex infrastructure for the gas industry, ranging from the transport to the storage. ... more

Physical Storage | BMWi
Supply networks 4.10.2016

Coupling renewables with electricity and gas grids

In the KonStGas project scientists examined the potentials to integrate renewable energy sources, resulting from the coupling of energy networks. For this purpose, they model the energy flows of the total energy supply structure and evaluate the results from an economic perspective. They derive recommendations for the adjustment of energy infrastructure and future energy market. ... more

Physical Storage | BMBF
Solar hydrogen production 3.10.2016

Direct conversion of solarenergy in hydrogen

So far, in solar hydrogen generation PV modules are coupled via a dc interface with a central electrolysis unit. The aim of the joint project "HyCon" was therefore a radical simplification of the system by using novel integrated approach. To this end, in a concentrator High Efficient III- V multijunction solar cells are connected directly to an electrolysis cell. In tis way, still unmatched conversion efficiencies of sunlight into hydrogen more than 20 percent can be achieved. ... more

Electrical Storage | BMWi
PEM elektrolysis 30.8.2016

Put stacks through their paces

Stacks with a capacity of one megawatt class have so far not been sufficiently investigated. In this project, scientists are developing a globally unique test center for PEM electrolysers. This stack may soon be studied for up to 1 MW connected load. ... more

Physical Storage | BMBF
Electrolysis 30.8.2016

New membrane materials for PEM water electrolysis

In the MaPEI project researchers of Forschungszentrum Jülich combined advantages of alkaline and PEM electrolysis by using anion exchange membranes. Jointly with FuMA-Tech they developed novel high-performance membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for alkaline PEM electrolysis. ... more

Thermal Storage | BMWi
Analysis 1.8.2016

System analysis energy storage

How can excess electricity be used across sectors and versatile? The En:Sys-analysis shows possible interactions, existing between the areas of electricity , heat and transport through the use of various energy storage technologies and power-to -X. ... more

Physical Storage | BMWi
Material development 7.7.2016

Higher performance with electrolysis technology

The project LastEISy materials for catalysts and membranes, and so-called interconnectors to be interactively improved. Interconnectors connecting the anode and cathode of the fuel cell electrically and thermally and distribute the fuel gas and air in the system. Currently, researchers rely on a test stand , the test new catalysts and membranes. Thereafter, the structure and various materials are to be investigated ex situ. ... more

Physical Storage | BMBF
Water electrolysis 4.7.2016

Hydrogen drying using cost-efficient membranes

Cost-efficient and highly selective membranes might have the potential to separate the water effectively with low parasitic energy demand. The main objective was to coat a stable polymer carrier structure, which is highly permeable for hydrogen, with an ultra thin metallic layer in a range of several nano meter thickness. The resulting composite membranes should be tight for water but highly permeable for hydrogen. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Performance Potential 1.4.2016

Forecasting the potential of caverns

What potential is there for energy storage in the salt structures of Northern Germany? This question is being addressed by researchers in the InSpEE project. They are investigated the planning bases and selection criteria for constructing salt cavern storage facilities. The researchers are also investigated how much compressed air and hydrogen can be stored in these. ... more

Supported by: The Federal Government on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag


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