Discover FCH JU project ELY4OFF: development of electrolysers for off-grid renewable energy installations


While off-grid electricity generators based on traditional fossil fuels can be turned on and off according to demand, stand-alone renewable energy facilities require to be coupled to an energy storage system in view of balancing the variable electricity supply with the demand.

New FCH JU project Cell3Ditor


Adopting new domestic solutions for heat and power is essential in view of reducing energy dependency and CO2 emissions. Stationary fuel cells can produce both electricity and heat at different scales (from homes to industrial applications) while significantly reducing the environmental footprint and the energy bill.

As part of the many issues addressed by its research and innovation programme, the FCH JU  looks at the different options for fuel cells production and reduction of their costs and time to market.

Fuel cell systems for micro-CHP: improving cost-competitiveness


While fuel cell technologies for residential heat and power cogeneration systems are by now well proven and widely recognised for their efficiency, they still struggle for public acceptance due to cost.

The new FCH JU project HEATSTACK aims at reducing thee production costs of their most expensive system components, the fuel cell stacks and the heat exchangers, by up to 60%.

FCH JU project HYACINTH collected feedback on FCEV test drives at WHEC 2016


During the World Hydrogen Energy Conference WHEC 2016 held in Zaragoza on June 13th-16th, conference visitors could take advantage of joining the driving demonstrations of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), offered by Toyota and BMW. The FCH JU project HYACINTH collected feedback on the impressions of the FCEV test drives.

New FCH JU project HYTECHCYCLING addresses fuel cells and Hydrogen technologies’ end-of-life


What about the end of life of equipment and plants based on fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) technologies? Within the vision of decarbonising Europe through, among others, large-scale deployment of FCH technologies, considerations about end of life cannot be disregarded.

How will the components be recovered and recycled? Can existing methodologies be transferred? Are there any inherent challenges to be addressed  What novel approaches should be developed?

New FCH JU project GrinHy to demonstrate high-temperature electrolysis integrated in steel making process


Selected under FCH JU call for proposals 2015, the recently started GrinHy project is aiming at proving the technological and economical interest of high-temperature electrolysis as a high electric efficient technology for hydrogen production. The system is also reversible, capable of being operated as a fuel cell to produce electricity when this would be needed.

The proof-of-concept action will be located in a steel production plant in view of capturing and exploiting the waste heat produced in this energy-intensive process.

Project Achievements: SUSANA


To face the challenge of safer hydrogen-based systems and fuel cells, the FCH JU project SUSANA is aiming at developing a CFD Model Evaluation Protocol. After the first part of the project, the verification database and a CFD benchmarking exercise has already been completed. The Model Evaluation Protocol will become a reference document both for CFD users and for regulatory and certifying bodies that have to provide permission for FCH systems and infrastructure.

Project Achievements: SOCTESQA


In the field of harmonized test procedures for SOFC/SOEC stack testing, the FCH JU project SOCTESQA has managed to finalize, after the first part of its programme, the test matrix definition, the test station validation loop and the first round of initial tests on SOFC, SOEC and combined SOFC/SOEC modes. The consortium has already entered into a formal liaison with CENELEC and with IEC TC105 for the production of International Standards for solid oxide stacks.