University of Duisburg-Essen presents innovations from research

Hanover Fair

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The University of Duisburg-Essen is presenting innovations from its research at the Hanover Fair, one of the most important international industrial trade fairs, which is currently taking place from 22 to 26 April. From 6G technology and catalysts for the production of green hydrogen to a yacht powered by an ammonia fuel cell, the university is showcasing a wide range of pioneering projects. Political representatives, including Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger, show great interest, especially at the PrometH2eus hydrogen project stand. The Faculty of Engineering and the Centre for Fuel Cell Technology are represented there.

In order to successfully implement the energy transition, customised innovations from science are required, which are developed in the laboratory and adapted to the requirements of industry. The Centre for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT) and the Faculty of Engineering (FIW) will be presenting promising projects at the Hannover Messe.

Of great interest to politicians: Research Minister Stark-Watzinger discussed new catalysts and electrodes for hydrogen production with scientists from the PrometH2eus project at the trade fair stand. What is special about the project is that the researchers are focussing on the development of catalyst material for oxygen production. As a sub-process, this is the Achilles' heel of hydrogen production, as it changes the composition of the catalyst surface, which impairs its catalytic properties. PrometH2eus is a sub-project of the BMBF project H2GIGA, with the economically relevant goal of advancing the series production of hydrogen.

The Centre for Fuel Cell Technology will be presenting an innovative combination of ammonia and hydrogen at the trade fair: the ammonia cracker project. The cracker system is installed as part of an ammonia ship propulsion system in the sports yacht "Ammonia Sherpa" and has already been extensively tested. Due to the poor combustion properties of ammonia, a certain amount of hydrogen is required in addition to ammonia to operate the engine.

In addition, researchers led by Prof Dr Andreas Stöhr from the Department of Optoelectronics in the Engineering Sciences will be presenting the 6GEM project, a research hub for open, efficient and secure mobile radio systems. The BMBF project focuses on the development of 6G technology and combines scientific excellence and mobile radio expertise in NRW at network, material, component/microchip and module level. The experts are equipping various test fields with 6G systems, including a smart hospital at Essen University Hospital and large-scale harbour logistics in Duisburg.