Fuel cells play a central role in the CO2-balanced energy supply and are part of the national hydrogen strategies. The hydrogen technologies for the success of the global energy transformation are seen as guarantors for the industrial viability of Germany and Europe. In addition to lighthouse projects, the market ramp-up of the fuel cell also requires the development of the entire value chain, from stack and system components to production technology.

The VDMA Fuel Cell Working Group has recently dealt with the topic Post-Mortem Analysis of PEM Fuel Cells as part of the funded innovation cluster "Go-Start BZ". PEM stands for "Proton Exchange Membrane" or "Polymer Electrolyte Membrane". Together with his Proton Motor colleagues Jens Reger (System Testing) and Florian Scherbaum (Fuel Cell Engineering), Thomas Wannemacher (Funding Projects/Patents) was as co-moderator one of the approx. 70 participants in the successful workshop exchange at the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart. Post-mortem analysis helps to investigate aging processes and defects in fuel cell components and systems and is essential - as well as recycling evaluations - for technology development.

Proton Motor live in Europe city Brussels

Christoph Pauli (Governmental Affairs and Funding at Proton Motor) has now been to Brussels to contribute to the Innovation Fund 2023 on behalf of the Bavarian hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer. The European Commission's Directorate-General for "Climate Action" hosted a mixed stakeholder consultation event. The meeting served to inform about the achievements and developments of the Innovation Fund and to gather sector-specific stakeholders' views on future calls for proposals following the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System Directive. The Innovation Fund is a financial instrument to meet the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement and the goal of achieving a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

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