Fuel cell life cycles in the transformation of the global energy system | “Innovation Fund 2023” for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050

Fuel cells play a central role in CO2-balanced energy supply and are part of national hydrogen strategies. Hydrogen technologies for the success of the global energy transformation are seen as guarantors for the industrial capability of Germany and Europe. In addition to lighthouse projects, the market ramp-up of fuel cells also requires the development of the entire value chain, from stack and system components to production technology.

The VDMA working group “Fuel Cells” currently dealt with the topic Post-Mortem Analysis of PEM Fuel Cells within the framework of the funded innovation cluster “Go-Start BZ”. PEM stands for “Proton Exchange Membrane” or also “Polymer Electrolyte Membrane“. Together with his Proton Motor colleagues Jens Reger (System Testing) and Florian Scherbaum (Fuel Cell Engineering ), Thomas Wannemacher (Funding Projects/Patents) was one of the approximately 70 participants in the successful workshop exchange at the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics in Stuttgart. Post-mortem analysis helps to investigate aging processes and defects in fuel cell components and systems and is essential – as well as recycling evaluations – for technology development.

Proton Motor live in European City Brussels

Christoph Pauli (Governmental Affairs and Funding at Proton Motor) was now in Brussels to contribute to the 2023 Innovation Fund on behalf of the Bavarian hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer. The European Commission ‘s Directorate General for Climate Action hosted a mixed stakeholder consultation event. The purpose of the meeting was to inform on the achievements and developments of the Innovation Fund and to seek the views of sectoral stakeholders on future calls for proposals following the revision of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Directive. The Innovation Fund is a financing instrument for fulfilling the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement and the goal of creating a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

Image sources_(c) VDMA_(c) Proton Motor

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