A department in the field of energy

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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. 


The path to electrosynthesis leads via electrocatalysis: The scientists of Fraunhofer UMSICHT develop both catalysts and innovative approaches to the design of the entire power-to-X process – from the laboratory bench to the pilot plant in industrial application. In addition, interdisciplinary concepts are developed for overarching scientific issues.

Electrolysis technology

In electrolysis technology, the developed catalysts and processes are implemented in the form of electrodes and reactors. The focus is on the establishment of electrodes and prototype reactors. 

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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.


Shaping the chemical industry sustainably

Defossilizing production chains and establishing circular, greenhouse gas-neutral material and energy conversion – the chemical industry has set itself ambitious goals in terms of sustainability. As of now, nine institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are providing support in this process: In the lead project ShaPID, they want to bundle their research activities for achieving the sustainability goals and at the same time strengthen their relationships with the industry. 


Electrolysis Technologies

Why marketable concepts of catalysts, electrodes and cells are still in short supply – and what needs to change: Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institutes UMSICHT, ISE and ICT, the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr University Bochum, the Center for Fuel Cell Technology and the company IRD Fuel Cells have investigated.