The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) is supporting the RoWaBaSch research and development project of Saarland technology companies with a total of €827,150 in funding. The objective is to enable the development of robust hydrogen pressure sensors by means of novel barrier layers.

Today in Saarbrücken, Parliamentary State Secretary Oliver Luksic presented funding certificates to Fluid.iO/Zila GmbH, Mehrer Compression GmbH and INM – Leibniz Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH.

Oliver Luksic, Parliamentary State Secretary: “Hydrogen is a decisive energy carrier of the future and represents a significant opportunity for Germany as a centre of technology. For the successful ramp-up of the hydrogen economy and the development of infrastructure, we need practical research that ensures transportation and storage under high pressure. By funding the development of robust hydrogen pressure sensors, the Federal Ministry of Transport is making a contribution to all applications in which hydrogen is used.”

The funding is provided within the framework of the Research & Development guideline of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). Implementation and support are provided by the programme company NOW GmbH and the Project Management Organisation Jülich (PtJ).

About the RoWaBasch project

Transitioning to a hydrogen economy also involves establishing an infrastructure for transporting and storing hydrogen under high pressure, together with tasks such as accounting for delivery quantities, e.g., when refuelling vehicles. For all these tasks, and especially for storage, whether stationary or in vehicles, simple and reliable detectors are needed to determine the pressure as an indicator of the “fill level” of the pressurised vessel.

The project aims to contribute to the realisation of more robust hydrogen pressure sensors with which the pressure of the hydrogen can be measured more reliably. Wherever hydrogen is used, the pressure must not only be monitored as a safety aspect, but also as an indicator of the “filling level” of the pressurised vessel. Consequently, a reliable and robust H2 pressure measurement is a crucial prerequisite for H2 infrastructure and technology.

RoWaBasch is one of several promising projects in the field of hydrogen in state of Saarland. With €300,000 BMDV funding under the “HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany” programme, Saarland has developed a regional hydrogen concept. Under the leadership of Saarbahn Netz GmbH, The state of Saarland is now applying for the next stage as a “HyPerformer”. Furthermore, the infrastructure project mosaHYc – involving a hydrogen pipeline about 100 kilometres long – is to be developed in the state with the support of an EU IPCEI.

Overview of funding recipients:

  • iO / ZILA GmbH: €238,380
  • Mehrer Compression GmbH €139,341
  • INM – Leibniz Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH €449,429

Total €827,150