The energy chain of green hydrogen is a pathway to a carbon-neutral, sustainable future, which offers significant potential in the fight against climate change. Schaeffler provides technologies that can be used at both ends of this chain – hydrogen use in fuel cells and hydrogen production by means of electrolysis. Talking about this, Dr Stefan Spindler, CEO – Industrial, Schaeffler & a member of Germany’s National Hydrogen Council, mentioned, “One of the key milestones along the road to achieving a clean energy chain based on green hydrogen is the ability to produce hydrogen on an industrial scale. Thanks to its technological capabilities, Schaeffler is well-positioned to act as a strategic partner at many stages in this process, for example, by providing products for electrolysis stacks.”
Hydrogen strategic business unit in the industrial division
The huge opportunities offered by green hydrogen features prominently in Schaeffler’s roadmap 2025 strategic blueprint. As an integrated automotive and industrial supplier, the company can leverage collaboration and synergies across multiple disciplines to develop and produce technologies for the hydrogen industry. Their industrial division has a hydrogen strategic business unit that brings together and coordinates all of the division’s various hydrogen activities.
H2Giga – Industrialising water electrolysis
Over 130 companies and research institutions are involved in H2Giga, a hydrogen project that has received around €500 million in funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project’s objective is to develop systems and methods for the industrial production of electrolyser systems and components needed to make green hydrogen widely available and cost-effective. Schaeffler is acting as the consortium lead for one of the sub-projects, ‘Stack Scale up – Industrializing PEM Electrolysis’. Comprising nine partners from industry and research, the sub-project aims to fast-track the development of stack technologies and large-series production processes for low-temperature electrolysis core components. In this project, their core competencies in materials engineering, materials forming, surface technology and electrochemistry will play a decisive role in developing new products and solutions for hydrogen technology. Moreover, its expertise in industrialisation will help to translate the resulting innovations rapidly into large-series production.