Supporting the market scale-up of green hydrogen for a CO2-neutral industry

With the construction and operation of three hydrogen labs at Fraunhofer, a digitally cross-linked infrastructure with state of the art capacities for testing and qualification of elctrolyzer- and fuel cell systems in the range of 27 MW is available. More precisely, these test fields are equipped for the examination of efficiency and permanence of electrolyzers´ performance in conjunction with renewable energies. By bundling our hydrogen activities in northern and eastern Germany, we accelerate the necessary market scale up of hydrogen technologies. The Hydrogen Labs in Leuna, Görlitz and Bremerhaven will be connected digitally, and thus cover the whole process: starting from CO2-neutral power generation with on- and offshore wind turbines, up to the optimization of electrolysis and manufacturing of electrolysers, and finally storage and transport of green hydrogen. Therefore, we can offer a worldwide unique spectrum of pilot plants, covering the complete value creation chain of the hydrogen economy.

Connecting methodical competence with a unique infrastructure


Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven

  • Validation of eletrolyzers on the system level, starting with 2 MW
  • Coupling with multi-MW offshore wind turbine

Hydrogen Lab Leuna

  • Generating green hydrogen for the chemical industry
  • Electrolysis test on system level up to 5 MW (PEM, SOEC, AEL)
  • Hydrogen usage for downstream processes on pilot scale (PtX)

Hydrogen Lab Görlitz

  • Utilization in industrial manufacturing and decarbonization
  • Testing infrastructure with 12,3 MW power input for various components along the complete value creation chain of hydrogen

Hydrogen News



Scalable solutions for green hydrogen production in South Africa

South Africa could play an important role in the coming years as a reliable producer of green hydrogen — including as a supplier for Germany.  This is where the recently launched Fraunhofer joint research project »HySecunda« comes in.



Inauguration of the world’s first pilot plant for the cost-efficient production of green methanol

Today, Minister for Transport, Dr. Volker Wissing, opens the pilot plant at the Chemical Park in Leuna as part of the »Leuna100« project, which is funded by the BMDV with €10.4 million.



Green hydrogen from wind energy: Ready for trial operation

Senator Kristina Vogt and Lord Mayor of Bremerhaven Melf Grantz are launching trial operation at the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven (HLB) together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES. 



Online game brings green hydrogen research to life

Building an offshore wind park and generating green hydrogen directly at sea - a new browser game makes it possible to experience virtually what is currently being researched in the H2Mare Flagship Project.



Green methanol for shipping and industry: € 10.4 Mio. for the »Leuna100« project

A consortium of two Fraunhofer institutes, DBI-Gastechnologisches Institut Freiberg, Technical University of Berlin and C1 makes industrial history at the Leuna site. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport over the next three years.



Ground-breaking ceremony at Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven: Focus on offshore hydrogen production

Bremerhaven – Senator Dr. Claudia Schilling and Lord Mayor Melf Grantz performed the symbolic ground-breaking for the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven (HLB). The HLB is being funded with a total of €16 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Bremen and should be completed in 2023.


Broschure Fraunhofer Hydrogen Labs

Three megawatt-class Hydrogen Labs - one mission: to support the market ramp-up of green hydrogen for a CO2-neutral industry.

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22nd - 26th April 2024, Hannover
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04th - 05th June 2024, Berlin
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