Currently Funded Project

Development of Wear Resistant Ceramic Electrodes (VERKEL)


alkaline electrolysis
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Principle of alkaline electrolysis

Hydrogen is an important working material for various applications and is becoming increasingly important as an energy storage medium. On the necessary scale, hydrogen is mainly produced by electrolysis. The most advanced electrolysis technologies are polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology and alkaline electrolysis. PEM electrolysis achieves higher power densities but relies on rare noble metals and thus expensive catalyst materials. Alkaline electrolysis is more suitable for application at the scale required in the future, as it makes do with catalyst materials based on nickel.


CMC materials
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Various CMC materials

Low-maintenance or maintenance-free electrolysis cells made of ceramic materials are to be produced for alkaline electrolysis with a nominal power of between 2kW and 25kW. The ceramic materials replace the commonly used nickel-steel sheets and are intended to reduce the manufacturing and operating costs with the ceramic-specific advantages. A major advantage is the naturally high chemical resistance of ceramics in alkaline environments. By dispensing with galvanic processes, the environmental compatibility of the manufacturing process is also to be improved.


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Commercial 2MW electrolyzer
  • Production of flat, surface-structured plates from sintered Si3N4 or SiC by axial pressing
  • Precursor infiltration and pyrolysis of SiC/carbon based systems, carbon felts, as well as fabrics of carbon, graphite or SiC continuous fibers
  • Production of OH-conducting diaphragms based on CMC materials

Project Data

Project Duration 1.1.2023 - 31.12.2025
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz
Funding Amount HTL 395.000 Euro
Project Partners ostermeier H2ydrogen Solutions GmbH
PS-HyTech GmbH
Paul Rauschert GmbH & Co. KG
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Project Coordination PS-HyTech GmbH
Project Management at the HTL Wolfgang Bernstein