We investigate physicochemical processes for alternative energy storage technologies

On the way to a reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and an abandonment of limited fossil energies, renewable energies are favored in future systems. However, their energy production strongly depends on environmental boundary conditions, daytime and season. It might be possible to gain huge amounts of solar energy on a nice summer day but energy production can be almost zero on a grey winter day.

Therefore, next to renewable energy sources we also need stationary and mobile energy storage solutions if we aim for a sustainable future. For the latter, we need efficient, lightweight and secure concepts with high energy density as these systems compete with fossil fuels. Only with solving this problem, it is possible to implement sustainable mobility.

We meet this challenge and develop new materials and alternative technologies for energy storage systems. Hereby, we also address unusual concepts. We work on the cutting edge of natural sciences (physics and chemistry), material sciences and engineering sciences. We intend to make use of physical and chemical structures of selected materials to fit their function on the specific application.

Exemplarily, we investigate and describe the exact mechanisms during the development of clathrates and try to apply this knowledge on the development of technical systems for stationary energy storage. For mobile application, we have a special emphasis on ammonia as possible sustainable energy carrier of the future.

The conversion of water and nitrogen to ammonia within micro reactors based on laser-featured membranes is in the center of our research activities.