At the Hannover Messe 2021, which will take place digitally this year from 12-16 April, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung (BAM) will present research projects on hydrogen, lithium batteries and digitalisation. BAM's aim is to create confidence in these future technologies and to bring them into widespread use together with partners from industry and science.
"We need future-oriented solutions to master major global challenges, such as digitalisation and climate change," said Prof. Dr Ulrich Panne, president of BAM. "At our virtual stand at the Hannover Messe, we will present research projects that make an important contribution to the safety of new technologies and thus create confidence in their use."
Hydrogen: research along the entire value chain
Hydrogen is a key element of the energy transition and for the decarbonisation of the economy. Germany aims to be the number one in this field. Reliable quality and safety standards are the prerequisite for creating confidence in modern hydrogen technologies. The competence centre H2Safety@BAM bundles BAM's many years of hydrogen expertise.
By combining engineering and natural sciences, BAM can offer research and testing services along the entire value chain: from production to storage and transport to use. The activities of the competence centre focus primarily on the safety of infrastructures, plants and processes as well as innovative transport and storage systems. The aim is to create the preconditions for a rapid and broad market introduction of hydrogen technologies.
The EU project MefHySto (Metrology for Advanced Hydrogen Storage Solutions) addresses the important metrological aspects of hydrogen. Its focus is on the storage of hydrogen in underground caverns or inserting it into the existing natural gas network. In addition, the project also conducts research on innovative materials that increase the hydrogen storage capacity. MefHySto is a joint project by BAM and numerous European partners from science and industry.
Industry 4.0: Digital twins increase bridge safety
Ageing bridges pose a high safety risk. The use of simulation models in combination with sensor data on the real structure, a so-called "digital twin" of structures, enables a more precise determination of current and future maintenance needs. For example, safety risks can be identified and repair measures can be better planned.
Digital twins have already been used in Industry 4.0 for some time to simulate processes and plants and optimise them for "just in time" production. In the area of infrastructures, however, this technology has not yet been established since the service life is often influenced by local faults.
BAM is working together with the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO) to adapt this new technology for larger structures and objects.
BAM at the digital BMWi stand: "State of Safety" - safety of lithium batteries
BAM will present its research on lithium-ion batteries, a key technology for e-mobility, at the digital stand of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Here, the focus will be on the "State of Safety" of this battery type as well as on the safe transport of defective and damaged lithium batteries. In addition, BAM will provide recommendations to manufacturers on safety concepts and to users on the safe handling of these batteries.
Livestream: Virtual panel discussion on digital quality infrastructure
With the increasing digitalisation, the quality assurance of products, processes and services must also be rethought. The cooperation project QI-Digital is developing practical solutions for a modern, agile and digital quality infrastructure (QI-Digital). QI-Digital is an initiative by BAM, the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN), the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (DKE), the German Accreditation Body DAkkS and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB).
In the livestream "QI-Digital: Quality Infrastructure as an Anchor of Trust in the Digital Transformation", the key players of the project will discuss the challenges and solutions for a digital QI.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports QI-Digital and considers it an essential contribution to the success of innovative technologies, products and processes – as well as to strengthen Germany as a business location.
Further information on BAM's digital presence
Videos, photos and further information on all BAM research projects at Hannover Messe 2021 can be found at www.bam.de/hannovermesse.