Hydrogen and water electrolyser platform

Kind:

Chemical energy storage

Country:

France

Technology

Electrochemical energy storage
Chemical energy storage

Organisation:

EDF

Contact person 1:

Magali KOCHANEK


Contact person 2:

Pierre LE ROMANCER

Availability:

Available

TRL Level:

Above 6

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Hydrogen and water electrolyser platform

A complete test facility for:


Characterising systems

  • Measuring performance under normal and disrupted conditions,

  • at various points and for various operating modes,

  • Understanding system deterioration,

  • Assessing the impact of disruptions from the power grid, including major disruptions,

  • Influence of electrolysis systems on the power grid,

  • Characterisation of the flexibility of electrolysers.

  • Studying Hybridisation with other means of storage


Scenarios and case studies

  • Assessment of electrolysers' ability to contribute to balancing supply/demand and to providing the power grid with system services,

  • Putting forward power supply scenarios that involve varied sources of electricity, storage systems, etc., representing current and future electricity production means,

  • Optimising electrolyser management, factoring in network requirements, electrolyser constraints and the use of hydrogen downstream, performing tests on control algorithms.


Platform's main characteristics

  • 4500 m² in total / 2 test areas, each of 600 m²

  • Electricity supply: 2 MW / In development 5-10 MW

  • Water supply: up to 5m3/h at more than 4 bar

  • Hydrogen produced: currently up to 400 Nm3/h

  • Several pathways for using the hydrogen produced under investigation


Tests performed in one location

  • free of all supply constraints

  • in completely secure conditions / environment

  • in real-life operating conditions