New Projects for a Sustainable Energy System

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The “Future Energy Technologies” call issued by the Upper Austrian government sees the launch of a total of seven new research projects dealing with various aspects of the transformation of energy storage systems. The topics range from grid infrastructure to power generation. Four research centres from the UAR Innovation Network – LCM, RECENDT, K1-MET and HyCentA – are playing a key role in three innovation projects.

In the three new collaborative innovation projects, research centres join forces with partners from science and industry to make a major contribution to reducing carbon dioxide output still further:

New Energy Storage Systems for Construction and Firefighting
In the project “BABA Emissionen”, work is under way on electrical and electrochemical storage systems to reduce carbon output in the construction industry and firefighting while at the same time increasing efficiency. Both these fields still rely heavily on diesel generators or diesel-powered machinery. The project team is made up of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, LCM, Drees & Sommer Projektmanagement und Bautechnische Beratung, Miba Battery Systems and the Upper Austrian Landesfeuerwehrverband.

Longer Life for Components in Hydrogen Production
Proton exchange membrane electrolysis (PEMEL) is one of the most promising technologies for sustainable production of green hydrogen. The “DuraPEM” project, involving LCM, HyCentA and the firm of Robert Bosch AG, aims to prolong the lifetime of PEMEL stacks. Electrolysis stacks consist of over one hundred electrolysis cells. These use electricity to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. The degradation of the membrane limits their lifespan.

Quality Control for Hydrogen Production
K1-MET and RECENDT are conducting the H2lytics project to make further advances in low-carbon hydrogen production for the steel industry. In cooperation with Voestalpine Stahl, innovative approaches for flexible hydrogen production are being developed. By integrating sensors based on optical spectroscopy into an electrolysis system, water quality can be precisely monitored and flexible production is possible.