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Institute of Energy and Climate Research
Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-14)

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Conversion technologies for a sustainable energy future

The transition to a sustainable energy system requires the deployment of new, efficient technologies for the conversion of greenhouse-gas-free secondary energy carriers produced from renewable energy sources. IEK-14 has been newly formed from the long-established IEK-3 and, with more than 20 years of experience in electrochemical energy conversion, is at the forefront of these efforts. In collaboration with national and international partners from research and industry, we develop solutions for mobile, portable, and stationary applications, and conduct research into using liquid energy carriers as fuels as well as producing and using them in an efficient, environmentally compatible manner. In addition, we work on groundbreaking innovations for electrochemical conversion systems for the direct generation of hydrogen, syngas, and power by means of electrolysis, co-electrolysis, and fuel cells. All this is realized in close collaboration with the new Institute of Techno-economic Systems Analysis (IEK-3).


New “Test Stand” in Real-Life Laboratory for Energy Transition

Jülich, 1 August 2019 – One year ago, the Living Lab Energy Campus project (LLEC) transformed Forschungszentrum Jülich into a real-life laboratory for the energy transition, where the effectiveness and everyday usability of the latest scientific findings are tested. The “LLEC: P2G++” subproject will now investigate how large quantities of renewable energy can be stored throughout the year in the form of chemically bound hydrogen using a new process. More: New “Test Stand” in Real-Life Laboratory for Energy Transition …


Research topics

The key fields of scientific and technical competence are low-temperature water electrolysis, reversible solid oxide fuel cells, and fuel synthesis, as well as manufacturing technology, analytics, modeling, and simulation More: Research topics …


Committee Work

IEK-14’s national and international reputation in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen technology is reflected in the fact that IEK-14 scientists are members of and collaborate with national and international committees. More: Committee Work …