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Development and testing of stand-alone small-size solar photovaltaic hydrogen power system

Objective

The objectives of the project are: to assess the seasonal storage efficiency of solar hydrogen to meet about 90% of the energy demand; to design a SAPHYS for unattended operation.

The main deliverables are: SAPHYS detailed design and operating manual; plant modelling software; advanced electrolyser system and electrolyser design report; experimental campaign data report and post test evaluation report.

Production of hydrogen by water electrolysis powered by intermittent renewable sources like photovoltaic, its storage and regeneration of electricity by fuel cells, is a young technology proposed to overcome the storage limitations of renewable sources. A promising application of this kind of plants concerns small stand alone Photovoltaic Power System for remote areas (SAPHYS). In this perspective the goal of this Project is to develop a SAPHYS at ENEA Casaccia Research Centre.
Main equipment of SAPHYS are the PV generator, high pressure advanced electrolyser, the 3 kW Solid Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (SPFC), hydrogen storage, gas treatment section.
On the basis of a detailed test plan, a 12 month experimental campaign will be made, to test performance and reliability of the plant, to validate the plant simulation program and control strategy.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie l'Energia e l'Ambiente (ENEA)
Address
Via Anguillarese 301
00060 Santa Maria Di Galeria Roma
Italy

Participants (3)

ABB Energi AS
Norway
Address

0510 Oslo
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Germany
Address
Wilhelm-johnen-straße
52425 Jülich
INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
Norway
Address
18,Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller