With increasing regenerative energy production, electrical energy can be increasingly considered a primary energy source. In this way the desired substitution of fossil energy raw materials with regenerative processes that are run energetically with electricity (Power-to-X, P2X) can be achieved. The line of research “P2X Technologies” has the aim of further developing the range of the different technologies for conversion of electrical energy to other forms of energy and thus to develop an important foundation for the line of research “Integrated Energy Systems / Interlinking Sectors”.

Besides the direct storage of electrical energy in batteries, research in Lower Saxony in P2X technologies focuses on water electrolysis, the subsequent conversion of hydrogen to gaseous and liquid fuels or chemical raw materials, as well as the storage and reconversion of hydrogen to power. In this way a contribution is made to supply security through different storage technologies, and the raw material supply to the chemical and basic industry (steel cement) can be changed, step by step, to “green“ hydrogen from regenerative electrical energy and sustainable carbon sources. Important research problems concern the development of new materials as well as improved models and simulation tools in order to achieve the best possible effectiveness of the various conversion technologies.

Research infrastructure

The university locations provide scientists in this line of research with comprehensive research infrastructure.

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Research Scientists

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Aberle

Leichtweiß Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources, Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Carsten Agert

Institute of Physics, DLR-Institute of Networked Energy Systems, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egbert Baake

Institute of Electrotechnology (ETP), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Beck

Institute of Electrical Power Engineering and Energy Systems (IEE), Clausthal

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Dinkelacker

Institute for Technical Combustion (ITV), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Eilts

Institute of Internal Combustion Engines (ivb), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Friedrichs

Institute of Jet Propulsion and Turbo Machinery (IFAS), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Leonhard Ganzer

Institute of Subsurface Energy System (ITE), Clausthal

Prof. Georg Garnweitner

Institute for Particle Technology (iPAT), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Hanke-Rauschenbach

Institute of Electric Power Systems (IfES), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Kabelac

Institute for Thermodynamics (IfT), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Köhler

Institute for Thermodynamics (ift), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Kurrat

Institute for High Voltage Technology and Power Systems (elenia), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arno Kwade

Institute for Particle Technology (iPAT), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Jürgen Maier

Institute for Material Science (IW), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernard Nacke

Institute of Electrotechnology (ETP), Hannover

Prof. Dr. Mehtap Oezaslan

Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ponick

Institute for Drive Systems and Power Electronics (IAL), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Radespiel

Institute of Fluid Mechanics (ISM), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Schade

Institute of Energy Research and Physical Technologies (IEPT), Clausthal

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Scharf

Institute for Power Plant Technology and Heat Transfer (IKW), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Scholl

Institute for Chemical and Thermal Process Engineering (ICTV), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Uwe Schröder

Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry (IÖNC), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Seume

Institute of Turbomachinery and Fluid Dynamics (TFD), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Turek

Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering (ICVT), Clausthal

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wallaschek

Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research (IDS), Hannover

Prof. Dr. Michael Wark

Chemistry Department, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roman Weber

Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Fuel Technology (IEVB), Clausthal

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gregor D. Wehinger

Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering (ICVT), Clausthal

Prof. Dr. Gunther Wittstock

Chemistry Department, Oldenburg