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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.

short-term storage

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

long-term storage

Physical Storage | BMWi
Elektrolysis 12.4.2017

Hydrogen production in the megawatt-scale

In the P2G electrolysis project, researchers worked on developing and testing an optimised H2 generation plant prototype based on alkaline electrolysis technology in the 300 kWel class. Based on the currently available AEL technology, it is intended to exploit the development potential technically necessary for the entire plant and prepare the upscaling to the lower megawatt class. ... 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

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

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

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Wind-hyrogen systems 12.4.2017

Temporarily store excess wind in hydrogen

How can surplus wind energy be stored efficiently in the form of hydrogen in a large scale? Scientists consider the value chain from a technical and economic point of view in the project WESpe. The Analysis includes electrolysis, underground storage facilities and the connection to gas grids. ... more

Overarching Themes | BMWi
Hydrogen electrolysis 3.3.2017

Green H2: Producing low cost and load-flexible hydrogen

Innovative electrodes improve hydrogen electrolysis for a wide output range. With their laser-etched surface structures, they are durable and have lower losses at different loads. As a result, the electrodes are particularly good at using the fluctuating supply of excess wind electricity. If upscaled, the structured electrodes can also be used in industrial applications. ... more

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


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