With the German government massively pushing hydrogen as the energy carrier of the future, researchers and engineers are hard at work on technical refinements to make this technology more efficient.
The Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Plastics Technology (ILK) at the Technical University of Dresden, for instance, is developing new thermoplastic fiber-composite hydrogen tanks in pancake design.
This woven technology promises to reduce production costs for hydrogen tanks in fuel-cell vehicles, making them more competitive with battery-driven EVs. The use of thermoplastic semi-finished parts would also make the tanks more recyclable.
The ILK is collaborating, among others, with carmaker BMW on the initiative, which is part of a larger project supported by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy aimed at reducing emissions on Germany’s roads.