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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.

Physical Storage | BMWi
Study Plan-DelyKaD 31.3.2014

Hydrogen fuel production by electrolysis

In a study, scientists are determining the theoretical prerequisites for testing an integrated overall system at an industrially relevant scale. For the “electricity – hydrogen – large-scale storage – usage” system, principles are being developed that are intended to identify as many risks as possible for the implementation. ... more


Overarching Themes | BMWi
Analysis 9.1.2015

Balancing inflexible electricity generation

In the “Multi-Grid Storage” research project, researchers are analysing measures for balancing out inflexible electricity generation by linking the electricity, gas and heating supplies. For instance, it is intended to develop the storage and balancing measures required in Germany, identify useful interactions and develop criteria for their systematic optimisation. ... more


Overarching Themes | BMWi
Power-to-Gas 28.5.2015

100 % renewable energy through Power-to-Gas

The research network "100% EE durch PtG" analyses the potential and applicability of the Power-to-Gas (PtG) process in the German Energiewende. A research consortium studied the potential and suitability of PtG. The researchers test how a 100 percent supply can actually look like from renewable energies and what requirements arise for a future energy supply system, including the PtG technology study. ... more


Physical Storage | BMBF
Lithium combustion 30.9.2015

Lithium, the renewable coal

Lithium can be used for chemically storing electricity as part of a cycle in which it is first generated electrochemically using surplus electricity and then combusted as required in a power plant-compatible process to release the energy again. In the “LiKohle” project, researchers are investigating and assessing the possible reaction processes, for example in a carbon dioxide or nitrogen atmosphere. Valuable chemical raw materials can be generated as a by-product of the energy conversion. ... more


Physical Storage | BMWi
PEM electrolysis 10.11.2015

Reducing the costs with new materials

In the project Ekolyser alliance partners to develop scientific and industrial cost sustainable materials for the polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis. The aim of the research project is the PEM electrolysis can perform effectively for use in mass markets by 2020. ... more


Overarching Themes | BMWi
Study 31.3.2016

Energy Storage Systems in 2030

Which system infrastructure is most economic for the supply system? What will be the storage requirement in 2030? These questions addressed by scientists in the Merit Order study. For this purpose they recorded the characteristic values of possible storage technologies and distinguished them in regional terms. ... 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


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


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


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


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

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