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).

Prof. Ludger Blum SOFC


Prof. Ludger Blum (IEK-14) was awarded the Christian-Friedrich-Schönbein Medal of Honour at the 14th European SOFC & SOEC Forum for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of solid oxide cell technology over the last 30 years.


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.