In Prof. Ulmer’s group working on hydrogen infrastructure, new technologies for the generation, storage, transport, and transformation of hydrogen are being developed. The group works on a broad spectrum of topics:

  • Development of new electrolysis procedures to generate green hydrogen more efficiently and cost-effectively than is possible currently;
  • Innovative technologies for the chemical storage of hydrogen, such as storage in solid materials like metal hydrides, for example;
  • The use of hydrogen in fuel cells, primarily for stationary applications in residential areas and lodgings;
  • Transformation of CO2 and hydrogen into renewable chemicals like methanol or e-fuels by means of light energy (artificial photosynthesis);
  • Heat integration of hydrogen systems;
  • System analyses, planning, and realisation of projects to build up hydrogen infrastructure.

Various basic and application-oriented problems are pursued through the use of theoretical and experimental methods. In theoretical and simulation-based work, prototypes and systems are designed and simulated. Software programs like MATLAB-Simulink and Ansys Fluent are used in this work. Prototypes, for example, novel electrochemical cells or photoreactors for CO2 transformation, are produced using rapid prototyping processes (e.g., 3D printing). Prototype efficiency is tested in thermo-catalytic, photocatalytic, and electrocatalytic test rigs. Materials scientific characterisation methods like x-ray diffraction or electron microscopy are standard-use. Additional analytic methods used are gas chromatography and spectroscopic methods.

Ulrich Ulmer Ulrich Ulmer
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lukas Bär Lukas Bär
Given name Family name Topic
Lukas Bär Innovative electrolysis procedures