THE EUROPEAN PROJECT ELYNTEGRATION REACHES ITS ECUADOR WITH AN EVALUATION OF THE CHALLENGES HELD UNTIL THE DATE
On 17 May a midterm meeting was held in Brussels with the entire Elyntegration project consortium (FHA, IHT, VITO, IFAM-Fraunhofer, IAEW RWTH and Inycom). Overcoming the Project during this first period has been recently evaluated by a team of experts from the field appointed by the European Commission. This evaluation verifies that the work done by all the partners in the project is adjusted in time, quality of results and budget to the established in the projects grant agreement. Likewise, possible malfunctions of work that could be caused in the second period of the project were discussed and possible support plans were agreed to ensure the success of Elyntegration.
Nowadays, water electrolysis for hydrogen production and in particular pressurised alkaline water electrolysis, in addition to its traditional role in the chemical industry, has the potential to become a key enabling technology in the frame of generation, transmission and distribution scenarios integrating high renewable energies shares, providing grid services and being an energy storage system. However, and despite its maturity, this technology should be further improved to meet the technical and economical requirements to provide a variety of energy services.
Within this context, the strategic goal of Elyntegration is the design and engineering of robust, flexible and cost competitive Multi Megawatt alkaline water electrolyser capable of producing with a single stack up to 4.5 ton H2/day for energy applications. A set of specific objectives has been defined for the project, both at functional capabilities level and value proposition.
The six participants involved in this project, providing both research and industrial backgrounds, are Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón (FHA, Spain), Industrie Haute Tecnhonogie SA (IHT, Switzerland), Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. (VITO, Belgium), Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung EV (Fraunhofer-IFAM, Germany), Instrumentación y Componentes SA (INYCOM, Spain) and Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (IAEW RWTH Aachen, Germany).