// Battery and fuel cell conference UECT of ZSW in Ulm celebrates 30th anniversary

300 experts gather information on next-generation materials and industrial production technologies

At the Ulm Electrochemical Conference (UECT) on June, 14 and 15. Around 300 experts in the field of sustainable energy production and use will meet at the Ulm Electrochemical Conference (UECT). They will discuss the latest developments and trends in the fields of batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen production. The conference is organised by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Ulm. The conference has been taking place every two years since 1993 and has long since established itself as a leading international event far beyond the borders of Ulm. Participants come not only from research but also from industry and politics.

The transition to a CO2-free energy supply with green electricity from wind and solar power is taking place all over the world. Batteries play a key role in the integration of fluctuating renewable energy sources into a stable power grid and in the operation of electric vehicles. Hydrogen also plays an important role as a decentralised and time-independent energy storage solution: hydrogen-powered fuel cells can make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of various sectors. In the foreseeable future, they will enable trucks, trains and even aeroplanes to be emission-free. The UECT conference in Ulm will cover all these technologies: Batteries on the first day of the conference and fuel cells and hydrogen production on the second.

30 years of scientific dialogue

The ZSW has been bringing together leading experts from science and industry with the renowned UECT since 1993, and now for the 18th time, to present and discuss groundbreaking progress and developments in various fields of sustainable energy technologies. Prof. Dr. Markus Hölzle, director of the ZSW in Ulm, emphasizes the importance of the conference: "This year, the UECT celebrates its 30th anniversary and reaffirms its position as one of the most important platforms for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. The conference also provides an opportunity for companies to showcase their latest technologies, products, and services.

Topic highlights of the 18th edition

The participants represent a wide range of disciplines from research, industry, and politics. The discussions on the first day focused on current advances in battery technology, particularly on the production of lithium-ion batteries on an industrial scale and the development of next-generation materials. This includes non-aqueous aluminum-based batteries. On the second day of the conference, innovative approaches to hydrogen production and the industrial manufacturing of hydrogen-powered PEM fuel cells will be presented.

Around 300 researchers, industry representatives and students are expected to attend the conference to benefit from the insights and networking opportunities presented. Young scientists use the UECT as a platform to present their research topics in the accompanying poster exhibition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three posters, providing an opportunity to make valuable contacts.The top three posters will be awarded, providing an opportunity to establish valuable connections.

In addition, the prestigious UECT Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in electrochemistry will be presented this year. This award recognises and rewards notable innovations and advances in the field. Many industry exhibitors use the conference to forge partnerships and demonstrate their commitment to scientific excellence.

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