- Schaeffler is the consortium leader of the sub-project “Stack Scale up – Industrialization PEM Electrolysis” in the hydrogen lead project H 2 Giga
- The aim is to develop new, scalable technologies and production processes for PEM low-temperature electrolysis stacks
- Schaeffler’s know-how in production technology and electrochemistry is a decisive success factor in this growing market
The energy chain of green hydrogen enables a CO2-neutral, sustainable future – and can thus make a significant contribution to achieving the climate goals. Schaeffler’s solutions can be used both in the use of hydrogen by fuel cells and in the production of hydrogen by means of electrolysis. “An important milestone on the way to the energy chain with green hydrogen is its production on an industrial scale. Schaeffler is strategically positioning itself in several places with products, for example for electrolysis stacks, and has the appropriate technologies, ”emphasizes Dr. Stefan Spindler, Chief Industrial Officer at Schaeffler and member of the National Hydrogen Council in Germany.
“Hydrogen” as a strategic business area of the Industrial division
The enormous potential of green hydrogen also plays an outstanding and future-oriented role in the Schaeffler Roadmap 2025. As an automotive and industrial supplier, Schaeffler benefits from cross-divisional cooperation and the use of synergies in the development and production of technologies for the hydrogen industry.
Within the Industrial division, developments relating to the topic of hydrogen are located as a strategic business area. “With our components and services, we have been ensuring that renewable energy, especially in the wind power sector, is generated reliably and economically for many years. So we are already very close to the systems that generate a significant portion of the green electricity that is converted into hydrogen through electrolysis. The existing contact with our customers and the existing know-how in rapidly scalable production systems and electrochemistry are decisive factors for being successful in the market, ”says Bernd Hetterscheidt, Head of the Strategic Business Area Hydrogen at Schaeffler.
H 2 Giga: Industrialization of water electrolysis
For the industrialization of water electrolysis, more than 130 institutes and companies are participating in the hydrogen lead project H 2 Giga, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around 500 million euros. The aim is to develop systems and methods for the serial production of electrolysers in order to make green hydrogen available and competitive. Schaeffler participates as consortium leader in the joint project “Stack Scale up – Industrialization of PEM Electrolysis”, whose nine partners from industry and research share the goal of promoting the development of new stack technologies and large-scale production processes for core components of low-temperature electrolysis. For the development of new products and solutions for hydrogen technology, the core competencies of Schaeffler in the areas of material, forming and surface technology, as well as the innovative area of electrochemistry, will play a decisive role. Schaeffler’s know-how in industrialization will contribute to the rapid transfer of innovations to series production.