Conversion technologies for a sustainable energy future

The transition to a sustainable energy system requires the deployment of new, efficient technologies for the conversion of greenhouse-gas-free secondary energy carriers produced from renewable energy sources. IEK-14 has been newly formed from the long-established IEK-3 and, with more than 20 years of experience in electrochemical energy conversion, is at the forefront of these efforts. In collaboration with national and international partners from research and industry, we develop solutions for mobile, portable, and stationary applications, and conduct research into using liquid energy carriers as fuels as well as producing and using them in an efficient, environmentally compatible manner. In addition, we work on groundbreaking innovations for electrochemical conversion systems for the direct generation of hydrogen, syngas, and power by means of electrolysis, co-electrolysis, and fuel cells. All this is realized in close collaboration with the new Institute of Techno-economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3).

Hydrogen is an Essential Component of the Energy Transition

The energy transition is one of the great challenges to society of our time. Germany and the European Union aim to be climate-neutral by 2050. This should be achieved while ensuring that the population has a reliable energy supply and that industry remains competitive. Hydrogen technologies play a key role in this and must therefore be developed and made commercially available on a large scale.


Research topics

The key fields of scientific and technical competence are low-temperature water electrolysis, reversible solid oxide fuel cells, and fuel synthesis, as well as manufacturing technology, analytics, modeling, and simulation


Committee Work

IEK-14’s national and international reputation in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen technology is reflected in the fact that IEK-14 scientists are members of and collaborate with national and international committees.