In December 2019, the European Commission presented a new European growth strategy, setting the agenda for Europe to become the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050. This fundamental transformation of the European economy into a green and competitive economy requires fundamental changes and breakthrough technologies. The Green Deal has identified pure hydrogen as a priority area, as hydrogen will be an important element of this strategy.
A key element in the transition to zero emissions is the hydrogen cycle: hydrogen and oxygen production using water-splitting electricity powered electrolysers, hydrogen storage and transport, and electricity and water production using hydrogen and oxygen-supplied fuel cells close the loop.
The current development of hydrogen and electricity networks based on the hydrogen cycle will be the cornerstone of the energy solution of the future. The development of advanced and cost-effective electrocatalysts based on basic and applied research is one of the main research axes of the Nanomaterials group.