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Science of Hydrogen & Energy Award 2020

Hydrogen research awarded

Hydrogen research awarded

Scientist Martin Dornheim standing next to the hydrogen vehicle

The head of the "Nanotechnology" department, Dr. Martin Dornheim (right) is researching metal hydride tanks. [Photo: HZG/Rolf Otzipka]

On January 9th, Dr Martin Dornheim, Head of the Nanotechnology Department, received the "Science of Hydrogen and Energy Award 2020" together with Prof. Michel Latroche from the University of Paris-Est, at the 14th International Symposium of Hydrogen and Energy in Sapporo, Japan.

"I am very pleased to receive this award, I see this prize as recognition of the work of the entire group. This is a further appreciation of our worldwide reputation," says Martin Dornheim, who is delighted with the award.

Martin Dornheim receives the Hydrogen Award 2020

Dr. Martin Dornheim (left) accepted the award together with Prof. Michel Latroche (right) from the University of Paris-Est, in Sapporo. In the middle is Prof. Andreas Züttel from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, who handed over the award.

The department "Nanotechnology" has been researching metal hydrides as storage for hydrogen for several years. The advantage over conventional pressure tanks is that they store more hydrogen and thus more energy for the same volume. The scientists are working towards the goal of optimizing the reaction kinetics of the materials and qualifying them for technical use in vehicles.

"Our goal is to realize a tank that weighs only 100 kilograms and can store five kilograms of hydrogen," says Dornheim hopefully. "With this, a fuel cell car could travel 500 kilometers in a climate- and environmentally friendly way".

Further information about Hydrogen starage systems - research at HZG


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