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Fuel cells

Fuel cells use electrochemical reactions to convert hydrogen or hydrogen-rich fuels into electricity, making them environmentally friendly and efficient sources of energy. Three types of fuel cells are being developed at the Forschungszentrum Jülich: solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), high-temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells (HT-PEFC) and direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC). Their different properties and operating conditions make them suitable for a range of different applications, such as in heavy goods vehicles, aircraft or combined heat and power plants.

Brennstoffzellen-Stapel läuft im Langzeittest im Labor.­
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Scientists from different research areas within the Institute of Energy and Climate Research and experts from the Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics are working together in an interdisciplinary team to further improve electrochemical processes, optimise materials and build and test complete systems as prototypes. The aim is to develop fuel cells that have as long a lifetime as possible, while maintaining high levels of efficiency.


Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
Material Synthesis and Processing (IEK-1)
Microstructure and Properties of Materials (IEK-2)
Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3)
Fundamental Electrochemistry (IEK-9)
Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA)
Engineering and Technology (ZEA-1)

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On SOFC development
Who does what in SOFC development at Forschungszentrum Jülich?