The Campus Future Driveline is a joint initiative of Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm (THN), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), and the company MAN Truck & Bus (MAN). It is directly located on the MAN factory premises in Nuremberg. The facility will have state-of-the-art testing and analysis technology for battery systems and fuel cells, as well as newly equipped laboratory and office space. At the facility scientists and students from the THN will conduct research together with developers from the vehicle manufacturer MAN and project partners under one roof. Research projects on future drive systems for zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles are carried out in high-quality laboratories and on modern test benches. The research work focusses on robust components and sustainable systems for hydrogen-based and battery-electric drives.

Minister-President, Dr Markus Söder, Minister for Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, and Nuremberg’s Lord Mayor, Marcus König, attended the presentation of the official grant notification letter for the “Bayernflotte” at the MAN factory premises. MAN will test five trucks with hydrogen fuel cells in real customer deployment. The new laboratory areas on the Campus Future Driveline were also visited.

The FAU will later also be involved in the Campus Future Driveline. While the THN contributes its strengths in the field of application-oriented research and the practical further training of experienced professionals, the focus of the FAU is on basic research. The common goal is to develop the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region into a European competence center for hydrogen drives as part of the hydrogen strategy "Wasserstoff.Bayern" (H2.B) formulated by the Bavarian state government.

The Technische Hochschule Nürnberg is also bundling its research expertise in the fields of hydrogen and batteries on the Campus Future Driveline. To this end, the interdisciplinary research institute, H2Ohm, was founded, where faculty and staff pursue applied hydrogen research, electrochemical, and thermochemical energy systems. Further training courses for experienced professionals are also held there - such as the basic seminar on hydrogen, the hydrogen system, and hydrogen-based drive systems - together with the OHM Professional School, the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg’s continuing education institute.

(Source: Technische Hochschule Nürnberg press release)