Call ITZ Duisburg “TrHy”

The name TrHy, according to ZBT managing director Peter Beckhaus, stands for the many aspects involved in dealing with hydrogen technology: Training, Transfer, Technical Research, Transparency,…
ZBT managing director Peter Beckhaus

The center for fuel cell technology in Duisburg (Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik Duisburg, ZBT) used Hannover Messe as a platform to announce the name of the new ITZ center (Innovations- und Technologiezentrum für Wasserstoff, see H2-international Feb. 2022) planned for location in Nordrhein-Westfalen: TrHy. For the time being, Joachim Jungsbluth, head of fuel cell testing at the ZBT, stands ready in a three-member team as the contact point.

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New ZBT director

Dr. Harry Hoster, © JRF

Since October 1st, 2021, the center for fuel cell technology in Duisburg, Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik Duisburg (ZBT), has had a new science director. Dr. Harry Hoster also took over as Chair of Energy Technology at Universität Duisburg-Essen, succeeding Dr. Angelika Heinzel, who had retired end of 2020 (see H2-international Feb. 2021).

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Angelika Heinzel retires from ZBT

Former managing director Prof. Angelika Heinzel

At the end of 2020, Angelika Heinzel stepped down as chief executive of ZBT’s fuel cell technology center, a research institute she led for a total of 19 years. In March, she will also leave her professorship at Duisburg-Essen University’s Mechanical and Process Engineering department, and her leading scientific role at ZBT. As for her successor in the science department, the university is still in the hiring process.

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There will be FC mobility and an H2 industry

Prof. Angelika Heinzel
Prof. Angelika Heinzel, © ZBT

There is a lot going on in the energy sector at the moment. As a result of numerous activities and events – be it diesel scandals or CO2 pricing, driving bans or Fridays-for-Future demonstrations, flight shame or real laboratories – more and more players are committing themselves to more sustainability as well as to hydrogen as an energy storage.

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ZBT Uses New PAFC to Create Air Low on O2

QuattroGeneration, © ZBT

Since the end of last May, the Center for Fuel Cell Technology (ZBT) in Duisburg has had a phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) in operation, which supplies the research institute with power and heat. The 100-kW unit even took on three additional tasks: It reduces energy costs, it serves as the basis for scientific studies in combined heat and power and it helps to produce air low on oxygen.

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