Hydrogen plays a central role in achieving the climate targets. We are investigating how the individual technologies can be integrated into the energy system and used on a large scale.
Hydrogen technologies are indispensable for the success of the energy transition. They can close the gap between fluctuating electricity generation from renewable energies and the demand for green electricity, replace fossil fuels in industrial processes and link the energy sectors electricity, heat, industry and transport more closely – and do so as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
With its unique research infrastructure, Helmholtz is helping to develop, test and market hydrogen technologies. The spectrum ranges from the basics to application and covers the entire value chain.
Decisions in the energy industry, energy policy and research funding have an impact over long periods of time: Once set, they are difficult to change. In order to act with foresight, to recognize the opportunities of new technologies early on and to reduce the risks for the environment and the economy, systems analytical knowledge is required. This is why the Helmholtz Association is pursuing a long-term and holistic approach to hydrogen research: Around 600 staff from ten centres have been researching this field for several decades – the spectrum ranges from the basics to applications. Technological research is complemented by systems analysis and socio-economic perspectives. The aim is to improve the energy system in all its facets.
This interdisciplinary cooperation is necessary to make better use of synergies and ensure that hydrogen can make a decisive contribution to climate protection. The individual Helmholtz Centres and Research Fields work intensively together and cooperate with other players from science and industry to prepare the transfer to the market. In demonstration projects, pilot plants and so-called "real laboratories of the energy transition", researchers test and improve new technologies and promote the large-scale use of hydrogen applications.