Prof. Hartmut Spliethoff from the Chair of Energy Systems coordinates the international research project
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Five million euros from German government for sustainability researchTUM to coordinate Future Lab for Green Hydrogen

Hydrogen from climate-neutral sources is regarded as one of the most important energy sources of the future. Accordingly, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is opening an international Future Lab with researchers from 13 countries. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will provide as much as five million euros over the course of three years, the Ministry announced on Wednesday.

German Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek commented: "Establishing a powerful, sustainable Green Hydrogen economy in Germany and the European Union has to be driven with all our efforts. As an alternative fuel produced with renewable energies, Green Hydrogen is particularly valuable in helping industry reduce CO2 emissions."

Hydrogen research is part of the TUM sustainability strategy

TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann said: "Green Hydrogen is an essential key factor in transforming our energy supply and ensuring the viability of an energy-independent Europe. The Future Lab is a powerful reinforcement of our research focus on a hydrogen economy as part of the TUM sustainability strategy."

The research project "REDEFINE Hydrogen Economy" will be coordinated by Prof. Hartmut Spliethoff, head of the Professorship for Energy Systems at the TUM School of Engineering and Design: "I am very much looking forward to the research activities in collaboration with renowned researchers from around the world. The Future Lab "REDEFINE H2E" uniquely combines innovative technologies such as high-temperature electrolysis, innovative gasification methods and the synthesis of basic chemicals and energy sources. Our objective is to make a large-scale contribution to the reduction of future CO2 emissions."

International leading researchers from 13 countries to collaborate

Researchers from renowned institutions in 13 countries are coming to TUM to jointly lay the foundation for a future hydrogen-based Circular Economy. The experts are from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Canada, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and the United Kingdom.

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"REDEFINE H2E" is an acronym for "Renewable Electricity Dispatch and Expendable Feedstock-Integrated Net-Zero-Emission Hydrogen Economy".

TUM network for hydrogen and Power-to-X

National hydrogen strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (German)

This is the second Future Lab of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research which TUM has successfully acquired. The other Lab has been working on the development of AI technologies for earth observation since May 2020.

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Contacts to this article:

Prof. Hartmut Spliethoff
Chair of Energy Systems
+49 89 289 16272
sekretariat.les(at)ed.tum.de

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