The new test facility was opened this week in Duisburg. The facility was opened/ presented by the Center for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT) in the presence of NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet.
Hydrogen is essential for the future energy system based on regenerative power generation. It serves as energy storage and fuel for mobility. In order to explore the development of a suitable hydrogen infrastructure for mobility, a unique hydrogen test field with laboratories and hydrogen station has been built on the campus of the University of Duisburg-Essen, funded by the federal government and the state government.
The hydrogen test field includes various electrolysis processes, a test station for hydrogen filling stations, a mobile hydrogen filling unit and a hydrogen quality laboratory. The entire chain from the generation of hydrogen via the filling station technology (including compression, storage, cooling and fuel nozzles) to the delivery to vehicles is shown there. In this way, individual components for the hydrogen infrastructure can be further developed and tested, as well as optimized fuel station concepts developed and tested under systemic aspects. The hydrogen quality laboratory is available for developing quality management for filling stations or for monitoring the quality of hydrogen at German and European petrol stations.
The issues addressed by the ZBT scientists with this unique hydrogen test field include the efficiency, safety, quality, cost-effectiveness and availability and regulatory framework of a suitable hydrogen infrastructure.
“In Duisburg, we are researching the individual components from the generation of hydrogen through the filling station technology to the delivery to the vehicles,” explains Christian Spitta, engineer at the ZBT.