Fraunhofer UMSICHT is working on the industrialization of hydrogen electrolysis by developing and manufacturing new materials and systems – from catalysts and electrodes to fuel cells and stacks.
The Electrosynthesis department focuses on the production of hydrogen and the question of how CO2 can be electrochemically converted into valuable starting materials for industries. In addition, the Think Tank Energy is located in this department.
The path to electrosynthesis leads via electrocatalysis: Scientists at Fraunhofer UMSICHT develop catalysts, electrodes and reactors as well as innovative approaches to design the entire power-to-x process – from the laboratory bench to the pilot plant in industrial application. In addition, interdisciplinary concepts for overarching scientific questions are developed.
Looking beyond the horizon of one's own department is the summarized objective of the thematically broad-based Think Tank Energy. The focus is on interdisciplinary reflections on overarching themes and the implementation of current research work. Aspects that are connected with "learning from nature" are considered, for example. This includes topics such as bioeconomy, circular economy, biomimetics and biological transformation, which UMSICHT researchers also look at through a technical and biophilosophical lens. They discuss their findings with experts from other disciplines – for example, within the framework of various event formats. Other current research projects focus on questions of resilience in the energy supply of neighborhoods and life cycle analyses of energy storage.