Research project Zero Emission

Lampoldshausen – powered by hydrogen

In the course of the energy transition, hydrogen is seen as the energy source of the future. However, for a sustainable energy supply, it is essential that the production of hydrogen is also designed to be sustainable by utilising "green" hydrogen. With this in mind, the Zero Emission research project (funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing) is focusing on the future supply of this regeneratively produced hydrogen to the DLR site in Lampoldshausen.

Research project Zero Emission



July 2020 to December 2021

Funded by

Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing

Project participants

  • Institute of Space Propulsion
  • Institute of Networked Energy Systems
  • Institute of Vehicle Concepts
  • Associated project participants:

    • CSI Entwicklungstechnik GmbH
    • Freudenberg Sealing Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    • Wirtschaftsförderung Raum Heilbronn GmbH
    • ZEAG Energie AG
    • Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

    Based on these plans, the energy-intensive DLR site will run on sustainable energy and serve as a one-of-a-kind development and trial environment for hydrogen technologies. This will make the location, which is used to test space propulsion, also a testing ground where the entire process chain can be built, analysed and applied. In this manner, the project is already supporting Germany’s green hydrogen infrastructure and laying the foundations for hydrogen applications to be expanded at a later stage.

    Alongside its key elements – generating and using green hydrogen – the project also aims to significantly cut the site’s CO2 emissions, for example by using fuel cell vehicles on the premises and a mobile hydrogen refuelling station. It will create a platform where science and industry partners can research and test hydrogen technologies and their applications, e.g. for mobility, under real-life conditions.

    The scientists at the Institute of Networked Energy Systems are supporting the project in various ways. Firstly, using open-source software (oemof), they are modelling how energy is currently supplied to the Lampoldshausen site. Then they will devise strategies for the heating and local electricity supply using sector integration. To do this, they can apply a methodology that has already been used for the supply concept in the ENaQ (energy-efficient neighbourhood) project to the Lampoldshausen research campus. Further on in the project, they will also research the extent to which artificial intelligence could be harnessed to optimise operational management of the site with its renewable energy supply.

    Further information on the research project Zero Emission:


    Smart Energy Management

    Research Group
    Institute of Networked Energy Systems
    Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 15, 26129 Oldenburg