The useful lives, cost and efficiency coefficients of today's fuel cell systems can be further improved by means of modern material concepts and operational management tailored specifically to the application. We are focusing on membrane fuel cells, which work at high temperatures using non-aqueous ion transport mechanisms. We are researching innovative polymer membranes, catalysts and system architectures for the next generation of devices to cut out the need for precious metal in the long term.
Our research activities in the field of fuel cells focus on the following research topics:
Combined heat and power (CHP) is especially efficient because, in addition to the electricity, the consumer is also able to make use of the heat produced during power generation. The efficiency of a CHP system as a whole can be further increased through the use of matched and compatible components.
A proper understanding of the ageing and degradation of fuel cell components requires detailed knowledge of numerous analytical systems and methods. Only on this basis are we able to achieve higher efficiencies and optimise durability.
The attention of the Materials Group is focussed on membrane fuel cells. For the next generation of devices we are researching novel polymer membranes, alkaline electrolytes and platinum-free catalysts.