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Solar To Hydrogen Hybrid Cycles

Objective

The FCH JU strategy has identified hydrogen production by water decomposition pathways powered by renewables such as solar energy to be a major component for sustainable and carbon-free hydrogen supply. Solar-powered thermo-chemical cycles are capable to directly transfer concentrated sunlight into chemical energy by a series of chemical and electrochemical reactions, and of these cycles, hybrid-sulphur (HyS) cycle was identified as the most promising one.
The challenges in HyS remain mostly in dealing with materials (electrolyser, concentrator, acid decomposer/cracker and plant components) and with the whole process flowsheet optimization, tailored to specific solar input and plant site location. With recent technology level at large-scale hydrogen production concepts hydrogen costs are unlikely to go below 3.0-3.5 €/kg. For smaller scale plant, the costs of hydrogen might be substantially higher.
The present proposal focuses on applied, bottle-necks solving, materials research and development and demonstration of the relevant-scale key components of the solar-powered, CO2-free hybrid water splitting cycles, complemented by their advanced modeling and process simulation including conditions and site-specific technical-economical assessment optimization, quantification and benchmarking. For the short-term integration of solar-power sources with new Outotec Open Cycle will be performed. Simplified structure, extra revenues from acid sales and highly efficient co-use of the existing plants may drop hydrogen costs by about 50-75% vs. traditional process designs.
Besides providing key materials and process solutions, for the first time the whole production chain and flowsheet will be connected with multi-objective design and optimization algorithms ultimately leading to hydrogen plants and technology “green concepts” commercialization.
The consortium consists of key materials suppliers and process development SME and industry, RTD performers and a university.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

ENGINSOFT SPA
Address
Via Della Stazione 27
38100 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 368 260
Administrative Contact
Carla Baldasso (Dr.)

Participants (6)

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 376 607
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Gasik (Prof.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 527 450
Address
Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georg Boehm (Mr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 345 370
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alberto Giaconia (Dr.)
OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 96 300
Address
Rauhalanpuisto 9
02230 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helja Peltola (Dr.)
Erbicol SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 181 828
Address
Viale Pereda 22
6828 Balerna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandro Gianella (Mr.)
OY WOIKOSKI AB
Finland
EU contribution
€ 95 300
Address
Pl 1
45371 Valkeala
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kalevi Korjala (Mr.)