The Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing Baden-Württemberg supports research on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at the Furtwangen University with around 300,000 euros.
“We want to support Baden-Württemberg’s system component manufacturers in developing marketable products for the field of fuel cell technology and also successfully positioning themselves in international competition,” said Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut today (May 6th) in Stuttgart.
“Automotive suppliers in Baden-Württemberg can also benefit massively from the increasing demand for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Numerous suppliers are still dependent on the combustion engine. In order to offer companies and employees a future perspective, structures must be created in order to survive in the competition in the field of alternative drives. Companies are faced with the major challenge of using and developing existing technologies, but at the same time dealing with new technologies, ”said the minister.
The project of the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences (HFU) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) with the title “Modular Fuel Cell System Test Bench for the H2 Region Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg” is intended to help companies with the setup a modular fuel cell system test bench that will enable companies to test your pre-competitive development patterns in a fully functional system environment under realistic operating conditions. A unique selling point of the project is to use and promote the competencies of the companies for the industrialization of components such as valves, compressors, control units and coolers, the periphery of the fuel cell system.
The competence network “H2 Region Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg e. V. ” aims to support the transformation process in the companies in the Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region and beyond and to convey the background, challenges, and opportunities of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The planned system test bench will be set up at the Innovation and Research Campus Tuttlingen (IFC) of the HFU, the seat of the H2 Regio SBH, in cooperation with the ZSW and with the support of members and supporters of the H2 Regio SBH.