H2PROGRESS is developing and testing a new type of fuel cell energy storage system with 1 kW electrical power. The special feature is the form of energy supply by bound hydrogen. This is usually supplied in gaseous form or even deep-frozen in liquid form. The project uses a patented development of the Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden: the so-called POWERPASTE. Hydrogen is bound in a paste in the form of magnesium hydride and can be released at room temperature as required.
The development by Fraunhofer IFAM has already been awarded the f-cell Award in the Science category in 2013. In the HYPOS project that has now been launched, the paste is being used together with Siemens AG in a complete system that can convert the hydrogen in a PEM fuel cell into electricity. The system is particularly suitable for decentralized, mobile and off-grid applications.