Hydrogen research project launched in the Bavarian chemical triangle

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In the future, research will be conducted in the Bavarian chemical triangle on the climate-neutral transformation of the entire chemical industry in Germany. The main focus will be on the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier and starting material for important basic chemicals. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the "Burghausen H2 Reallaboratory" joint project with around 39 million euros. A further 12 million will come from industry. Scientific leadership is provided by the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

To enable sustainable hydrogen-based chemistry, research at TUM focuses on a holistic approach. On the one hand, studies are being conducted to identify site-specific potentials and necessary infrastructure measures. On the other hand, a modular container plant concept is at the center of the research concept, which enables the investigation of different process routes. Goals include the production of "green" methanol from renewable electricity and the conversion of residues into valuable chemicals by a plasma-assisted waste-to-X process.

Prof. Gerhard Kramer, Executive Vice President of TUM, said, "TUM has close ties to the Burghausen region. Through the cooperation of university research and chemical industry with regard to the transformation process, the H2 reallaboratory can become the nucleus of the German hydrogen economy." Prof. Hartmut Spliethoff from the Chair of Energy Systems, as project manager of the H2 reallab, is also convinced: "The project will make an important contribution to the energy transition in the chemical industry." The funding notification was officially handed over to the project partners by BMBF State Secretary Dr. Jens Brandenburg at a ceremony at the TUM Academy Center Raitenhaslach, near Burghausen.