HZG – Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research GmbH

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht GmbH (HZG) ), located near the town of Geesthacht, Germany, belongs to the German Hermann von Helmholtz Association (HGF). HZG is located at Geesthacht near Hamburg and has a branch in Teltow near Berlin with a total staff of approximately 850 employees, including about 420 scientists, engineers and technicians. The three main HZG research areas cover materials science, environmental research and regenerative medicine. One of the core research topics at HZG are materials for hydrogen technology, covering production, purification and conditioning of hydrogen and hydrogen storage.

In the field of hydrogen production, HZG focuses on low cost production via photoelectrochemical routes for direct water splitting with sun light and low cost production of catalytic surfaces (in collaboration with Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg).

Hydrogen separation from gas streams, drying and purification is achieved by low energy consuming membrane based technologies (development of membrane materials as well as membrane modules).

In the field of hydrogen storage in lightweight metal hydrides and development of tanks based on these, HZG has more than 16 years research experience in nanocrystalline light metal hydrides (more than 120 publications, 8 patents, 4 patent applications pending).



HZG Institute of Materials Research Dept. of Nanotechnology
Max-Planck-Straße 1
21502 Geesthacht

Contact person

Dr. Klaus Taube klaus.taube@hzg.de



Website : http://hydrogen.hzg.de

Type of organization : Research Institute

Number of professional staff active in FCH sector : 20

Participation in FCH JU Projects : BOR4STORE


Our expertise

Transport Pillar

  • 1.01 Road vehicles applications
  • 1.02 Non road vehicles (including materials handling) applications
  • 1.03 Auxiliary Power Units (APU)
  • 1.08 On-board Hydrogen Storage
  • 1.10 Modelling
  • 1.11 Characterisation and testing
  • 1.12 Materials Synthesis, Design and Manufacturing from components to systems

Energy Pillar / Energy to Hydrogen

  • 2.01 Hydrogen production
  • 2.02 Hydrogen Storage
  • 2.09 Demonstration
  • 2.10 Modelling
  • 2.11 Characterisation and testing
  • 2.12 Design and manufacturing

Cross-Cutting Research Activities

  • 4.01 Education
  • 4.02 Recycling
  • 4.03 Safety
  • 4.07 Pre-Normative Research

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