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Biogas Validation market potential Biomethane strategy Biofuels

Project ID 03EI5419

HyTech - Biological hydrogen production for a sustainable energy economy


  • 01.08.2020 -31.07.2023


FH Münster, Energy, Building Services, Environmental Engineering
Researchteam of Dr.–Ing. Elmar Brügging
Stegerwaldstraße 39
48565 Steinfurt

Dr.-Ing. Elmar Brügging – project leader
Telephone: +49 (0)2551 9 62 420
E-mail: bruegging‍@‍

M.Sc. Tobias Weide – direct contact person
Telephone: +49 (0)2551 9 62 021

B.Sc. Juliana Rolf
Telephone: +49 (0)2551 9 62 044
E-mail: juliana.rolf‍@‍

B.Sc. Sören Kamphus
Telephone: +49 (0)157 88852011
E-mail: soeren.kamphus‍@‍


03EI5419B - EMCEL GmbH
03EI5419C - BlueMethano GmbH

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Planned results:

  • Plant level: procedure, technical center plant
  • Concept level: plant concept
  • Data level: testseries/-program
  • Publications: scientific paper (ISI, peer-reviewed)



The dark fermentation of biomass is a sustainable and resource-saving way of producing green hydrogen. The spatial separation of the biogas process into hydrolysis, acidogenesis and acetogenesis in the 1st-stage and the subsequent methanogenesis in the 2nd-stage increases the energy yield of the process on the one hand and produces the versatile energy carrier hydrogen on the other hand. Within the research project, two experimental plants will be built and tested in several experiments. The influence of the reactor configuration and other process parameters on the efficiency of the process will be investigated. Furthermore, possible uses for the green hydrogen produced will be investigated and an economic analysis of the process will be carried out.


The aim of the project is to identify the optimal process parameters and reactor concepts for the 2-stage biohydrogen process. The technology will be brought closer to an industrial-scale implementation by an economic feasibility study and by testing of different organic residues.


FH Münster

  • Planning and construction of the experimental plants
  • Execution of the test series
  • Project management


  • Economic efficiency analysis of the process
  • Investigation of the possible use cases of the generated biohydrogen

BlueMethano GmbH

  • Development of a gas volume measurement device for small quantities of biohydrogen
  • Planning and construction of the experimental plants


FH Münster

  • Science and research
  • Planning/ project development
  • Analytics


  • Consulting
  • Gas analysis
  • Product and system development

BlueMethano GmbH

  • Measurement and control technology
  • Consulting
  • Planning and construction of the experimental plants


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