The Center

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The aim of the Center for Sustainable Hydrogen Systems is to bundle and strengthen hydrogen system research at RWTH Aachen University.


The Center for Sustainable Hydrogen Systems, CSHS for short, is the central point of contact for all issues relating to hydrogen research at RWTH Aachen University. The center bundles expertise in the strategic topic of hydrogen and creates a common interface that encompasses both the faculties and the transverse profile areas. Only through the close coordination and cooperation of the various faculties is sustainable research possible on a holistic approach from the production of hydrogen to its storage and distribution and its use in industry, be it chemical or energetic in the private sector and in mobility.

Work of the center has different focus areas:

  • Teaching/Study
  • Research
  • Transfer, i.e. transferring research results to application, for example through projects such as the Future Cluster Hydrogen
  • Creation of a research infrastructure that can be used by members of the center.
  • The steering body of the Center is the Steering Committee, which also manages the Future Cluster H2.
  • The goal of the center is excellent research in the field of hydrogen, a sustainable energy economy and use of resources, and the strengthening of the RWTH's pioneering role in hydrogen research.
  • Worldwide visibility


Various measures are taken to communicate the diversity of hydrogen, including the state of the art and research needs. Interdisciplinarity is promoted, for example by offering summer schools and case studies. In addition, there is a lecture series on hydrogen, which also includes guest lectures.

A separate course of study or specific profile line is planned in order to introduce the field of hydrogen and to enable a targeted specialization in this area. Excursions and internal tours are to provide practical insights.

In close cooperation with student initiatives, a lively H2 community is to be created. In addition, outstanding students will receive targeted support to further develop their potential.

In order to obtain international input, guest professorships with experts from other countries will be established. These will contribute to international networking and enrichment of the faculty. Furthermore, a doctoral seminar and network will be established to promote exchange and collaboration between doctoral students.

In addition to the teaching offer for the own students, a teaching offer for external persons, such as pupils, is also provided. In this way, knowledge about hydrogen is also conveyed outside the university. Furthermore, continuing education and training measures are offered to keep specialists from various fields up to date on the latest developments and technologies related to hydrogen.



To promote the exchange of research results in the field of hydrogen, an H2 Round Table is organized. This provides a platform for scientists to share their findings and progress. In addition, visits and workshops will be organized to support knowledge transfer and collaboration.

Targeted funding is acquired for sustainable financing of hydrogen research projects. In this regard, hydrogen researchers are offered support and advice in the application process to increase their chances of success. In addition, active advocacy is pursued with potential funders to highlight the importance and relevance of their work. Through these efforts, the aim is to strengthen the financial basis for hydrogen research projects and enable the implementation of forward-looking projects.

With the help of a competence atlas, the various areas of expertise and research focus are to be bundled and coordinated. At the same time, members of various disciplines will be networked and an exchange promoted by initiating joint projects in which expertise can be pooled. In addition, "best practices" and awards for outstanding publications in the field of hydrogen will be introduced to promote excellence.

With the background of promoting intercultural exchange and access to different research foci and methods, visiting scientists from other countries will be invited. In addition, journals will be released in the RWTH network to facilitate access to relevant technical publications and to support the dissemination of knowledge.