A hydrogen economy for Germany
With its »National Hydrogen Strategy«, the German government is pushing ahead with the preconditions for building a hydrogen economy. In order to render this process sustainable and future-proof, a consortium of 25 Fraunhofer Institutes is conducting research on central technological and systemic issues with regard to the development of a hydrogen economy, which are basically: production of hydrogen via electrolysis, safe infrastructure and technologies for transport, storage, distribution and application of hydrogen, and the development of data and pilot spaces for the hydrogen value chain.
Plug-and-play hydrogen sensor (demonstrator) developed
Research within the H2-D project at Fraunhofer IPM is focused on the area of »Safe Infrastructure«. So far, a miniaturized plug-and-play hydrogen sensor with a USB interface has been developed that can detect hydrogen in concentrations of 10 percent and above (LEL). Detection is based on the specific thermal conductivity of hydrogen.