thyssenkrupp nucera and Fraunhofer IKTS forge green hydrogen alliance


Germany – thyssenkrupp nucera is forging a strategic partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS to venture into the realm of high-temperature electrolysis (SOEC).

The cornerstone of this partnership lies in the integration of high-temperature electrolysis (SOEC) technology, a pioneering solution developed by Fraunhofer IKTS over two decades. Characterized by its gas-tight oxygen-ion-conducting ceramic electrolyte and chromium-based alloy electrodes, SOEC technology promises efficiency, long-term stability, and cost-effective mass production capabilities.

Set to start operations by the first quarter of 2025, the pilot plant envisioned by Fraunhofer IKTS will spearhead the production of high-temperature electrolysis stacks, laying the groundwork for widespread adoption. Central to this endeavor is the licensing agreement granted to thyssenkrupp nucera, enabling the production and utilization of CFY stacks—an essential component derived from Fraunhofer IKTS’ SOEC technology.

Combating climate change

Prof. Dr. Alexander Michaelis, Director of Fraunhofer IKTS, emphasizes the multifaceted benefits of SOEC technology, ranging from enhanced efficiency in electricity-to-hydrogen conversion to active CO2 extraction—an imperative for combating climate change. By streamlining CFY stack production, the partnership endeavors to democratize access to sustainable energy solutions and propel the global energy transition forward.