THERMAL STORAGE & SOLAR FUELS

HYDROSOL-BEYOND
Thermochemical HYDROgen production in a SOLar structured reactor: facing the challenges and beyond
Contacts
Funding
Duration
Souzana Lorentzou [souzana@cperi.certh.gr], Alfonso Vidal, alfonso.vidal@ciemat.es
2.9 M€; H2020-JTI-FCH-2018-1
January 1, 2019 - April 30, 2022
Background
HYDROSOL-beyond is an ambitious scientific endeavor aiming to address the major challenges and bottlenecks identified during the previous projects and further boost the performance of the technology via innovative solutions that will increase the potential of the technology’s future commercialization.
Objetives
The main objectives of the project are summarized above:
  • Improvement of the stability, cyclability and performance of the redox materials and redox structures (1000 cycles or 5000 hours of operation) .
  • Design novel solutions for high temperature solid-solid and solid-gas heat recovery. Heat recovery rates substantially higher than 50 % are requested to meet that target;
  • Embed and validate smart solutions to minimize the consumption of auxiliaries like flushing gas. Target should be to reduce energy losses through such auxiliaries to less than 25 % of the energy output;
  • Design and development of intelligent systems and a smart process of control and automation, including predictive and self-learning tools;
  • Demonstration of long-term performance of materials and key components under realistic boundary conditions using existing solar test facilities is needed. (core components like the solar receiver in a scale of about 500 kW). Testing period of the hardware, minimum 6 months;
Participants
APTL (Greece), DLR (Germany), Hygear (Netherlands), ENGICER SA (Switzerland), SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA (Switzerland), COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES (France), ABENGOA HIDROGENO SA (Spain) and CIEMAT-PSA (Spain).