The hydrogen and
fuel cell center

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More than 100 scientists at ZBT in Duisburg, Germany research, test and advise on topics related to hydrogen, fuel cells and electrolysis to make this technology reality for a sustainable future together with you!

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Company representatives met again at ZBT to discuss how graphite bipolar plates can be produced in the future to best meet all the requirements of the fuel cell market ramp-up. This time, the focus was on mechanical parameters.
A wonderful tradition at ZBT: every year, we invite schoolgirls to be researchers for a day on the nationwide Girls'Day. How do you measure the pH value? How does a fuel cell work? And how do you do electrolysis? Girls'Day 2024 provided the answers.
PRESSEINFO vom 2. Mai 2023: Bund und Land NRW fördern gemeinsam den Aufbau des Test- und Prüfzentrums für wasserstoffbasierte Antriebe in der Schwerlastmobilität in NRW mit bis zu 120 Millionen Euro. Nun bekommen Investoren aus der Industrie die Gelegenheit, sich zu beteiligen.
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ZBT Science news

Fuel cell systems can be a sustainable alternative to diesel drives in long-distance lorry transport. In a new research project, ZBT is developing a degradation model to simultaneously maximise the energy efficiency and service life of fuel cells through efficient operating strategies.
PFAS könnten bald verboten werden. Kann für Wärmeübertragerplatten Graphit-Polyphenylensufid eine Alternative sein? Das ZBT entwickelt ein Extrusionsverfahren für dieses Material.
In order to make fuel cells fit for cost-effective mass production, ZBT is investigating new, creative methods. The idea behind the recently launched project "TheBiPo" is to extrude a film from a graphite-polymer compound and then thermoform it into finished bipolar plates.
The MetroHyVe 2 project compares European sampling systems for hydrogen filling stations. At the second sampling event, the systems had to show what they can do. The samples were immediately sent on to the laboratory.
In order for hydrogen to help reduce emissions from heavy-duty transport, standardised sampling systems are needed for refuelling facilities at 350 bar to monitor hydrogen quality. The MetHyTrucks project aims to contribute to this.

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