Within the profile lines "Energy transition and decarbonization" and "Artificial intelligence and sensor technology", numerous departments of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (BTU) contribute to the research and development of new technologies for the production, storage, conversion, use and monitoring of hydrogen or hydrogen-based processes and thus support the efforts to transform Lusatia into a sustainable hydrogen model region. The synergetic combination with regenerative methods of energy production and chemical conversion processes for CO2 avoidance is also being pursued. Concrete research fields within the hydrogen-based value chain include e.g.
- (he further development of alkaline electrolysis for the large-scale production of hydrogen,
- its storage in specially designed pressure vessels, also using artificial intelligence,
- chemical conversion in the context of power-to-X applications and its modeling for catalytic model systems,
- its simulation-based optimized use in internal combustion engines and fuel cells, and
- the development of intelligent sensor technology and corresponding sensor networks using novel nanomaterials.
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
With the competence center H2Safety@BAM, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is creating important prerequisites for the successful ramp-up of the hydrogen market and for ensuring the technical safety, including monitoring, of infrastructures and plants from the production and transport to the storage and use of hydrogen. BAM develops the necessary quality and safety standards for new hydrogen technologies along the entire value chain and thus promotes the safe use of these technologies in the market. The extensive expertise available at BAM for this ranges from the safety assessment of infrastructures for energy generation with wind turbines, power-to-X technologies, sector coupling, the assessment of materials and containment systems for the transport and storage of hydrogen to the safety assessment of hydrogen and hydrogen gas mixtures and the development of new measurement methods as well as the preparation of corresponding regulations, norms and standards. These competences are bundled in the following four competence fields:
- "Material properties and compatibility"
- "Component testing, safety and certification".
- "Sensor technology, analytics and certified reference materials"
- "Safety of processes and systems".
- Cross Cutting Topics.