Hydrogen Technology

Hydrogen will play a key role as a versatile energy carrier for the long-term success of the energy transition and for climate protection. In addition to climate policy aspects, hydrogen technologies pave the way to many sustainable jobs, new value chains and a global multi-billion dollar market.

The new hydrogen economy needs numerous technical, infrastructural and regulatory innovations.

Technical systems that generate, store, distribute and use hydrogen must be continuously developed so that they can become more efficient, more robust, safer and more economical.

With this in mind, we develop innovative materials, manufacturing technologies and system components for our customers:


Catalysts, electrodes, coating technologies and cell designs for alkaline electrolysis (AEL) and anion-exchange membrane electrolysis (AEM)

Storage & Compression
Solid hydrogen carriers (metal hydrides) from materials to complete storage systems; hydrogen getter devices; thermochemical hydrogen compressors; level sensors

Synthesis of hydrogen-storing pastes; devices for the on-demand generation of hydrogen by means of hydrolysis reactions; fuel cell power systems


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Download the Whitepaper "SOLID HYDROGEN CARRIERS" for free.


Metal hydrides are solid hydrogen carriers that can be used in multiple applications such as high-purity hydrogen storage or thermochemical hydrogen compression. Fraunhofer IFAM’s recent technological advances prove that metal hydride composites offer various advantages over conventional metal hydrides, for example, full charge-discharge cycle times of a few minutes.



Download the Whitepaper "POWERPASTE for off-grid power supply" for free.

POWERPASTE is an ultra-high capacity hydrogen storage substance for PEM fuel cell applications invented and developed by Fraunhofer IFAM.

POWERPASTE releases hydrogen on contact with water. It has a hydrogen capacity of about 10 mass-% (i.e. 10 kg POWERPASTE → 1 kg hydrogen). This is a specific energy of 1.6 kWhel/kg and an energy density of 1.9 kWh/liter, or about 10 times the capacity of Li-Ion batteries.

The award-winning POWERPASTE technology is patent-pending and offers many advantages over other energy storage technologies, in particular in the power range from 100 W to 10 kW.

Joint research platform for energy storage systems

The new Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Management Systems ZESS was inaugurated on February 7, 2019. Located at the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) in Braunschweig, it is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institutes  IKTS, IFAM and IST – in close cooperation with the Technische Universität Braunschweig. The purpose of the new project center is to develop existing energy storage systems, both mobile and stationary, to the level of industrial maturity, and to demonstrate new solutions at a level of technological maturity of four to six.



Positionspapier HySpeedInnovation

A joint action plan for innovation and upscaling in the field of water electrloysis technology