Dr. Adrian Simon believes demand for hydrogen is set to significantly increase in the coming decades. “The demand is expected to triple in the next 20 years and to increase tenfold in the next 30 years. The driving sectors will be electrical energy storage, transportation, and industrial use,” Simon, Group Manager at Fraunhofer IKTS, affirmed to H2 View.
Simon suggests that such an increase in hydrogen production, processing, storage, and transport can only be achieved with energy-efficient technologies. Fraunhofer is at the forefront of development of such technologies with its’ solid oxide electrolyser cell SOEC), optimised alkaline electrolysis and membrane technologies all set to play a major role in industrial implementation.
And Fraunhofer’s membrane technologies, which enable energy efficient and economic separation of hydrogen from natural gas, are set to be integrated into a project working to build an extensive distribution network across Germany to enable the transportation of hydrogen.
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