Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Detlef Schulz, Professor für Elektrische Energiesysteme © Ulrike Schröder

EUR 2.2 million in funds for research into hydrogen technology

Team of researchers to develop next-generation hydrogen technologies

Research into novel hydrogen technologies of the next generation at the Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces has received some EUR 2.2 million in funds until 2021. The German Ministry of Economics and Energy has approved the grant, which may see buses run on fuel cells and environment-friendly storage facilities become reality in future.

Two sub-projects

A team of researchers, led by Univ. Prof. Dr. Ing. Detlef Schulz is masterminding the main project based on national and international patents. Two sub-projects will be merged later. During the first sub-project, the researchers will implement new control processes on membranes of so-called polymer electrolyte (PEM) fuel cell systems. This will extend the service life and supply reliability of the PEM fuel cells. The second sub-project focuses on the long-term storage of fluctuating electrical energy generated by wind or sun.

Enormous potential

Over the next three years, Schulz will conduct both sub-projects in the university’s own fuel cell laboratory with three employees and in co-operation with Altran Deutschland S.A.S. & Co. KG and eventaully merge them. “Their implementation represents a major step for the use of hydrogen technologies in electrical energy systems. Hydrogen has enormous potential as an energy carrier. That’s why we’re continuing to research such technologies,” said Schulz.

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