Customized "green" materials for "green" hydrogen

Hydrogen performance center in Hesse

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Hydrogen is considered one of the cornerstones for a climate-neutral, sustainable energy source for both stationary energy supply and mobile applications. In addition to sustainable production ("green hydrogen"), challenges exist in the reliable design of hydrogen technologies and their components, as well as in reducing the need for critical materials, such as in electrolysers.

Scientists at Fraunhofer LBF are researching the reliability of materials and systems under the influence of hydrogen.

In the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft‘s new “GreenMat4H2 – Green Materials for Hydrogen” performance center, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategy IWKS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF are dedicated to solving these challenges with the aim of developing “green” material solutions for the hydrogen economy and ensuring the reliability of hydrogen-powered systems.

Activities span the entire life cycle of hydrogen, from production to storage/transportation to use. Research efforts focus on, among other things, the development and validation of sustainable materials and the development of analytical and validation methods for reliability assessment and lifetime estimation of materials, parts, and components in hydrogen systems.