Faraday Research and Development Center in Energa Group together with scientists will implement a research project for a two-way installation for hydrogen production. The installation can be a leading element of energy storage systems, affecting the efficiency of renewable energy sources and increasing the flexibility of power plant operation.
On March 10th 2020, the Energa Group Research and Development Center (CBRF) signed an agreement to co-finance the EU project to build a modular producing hydrogen, Fixed Oxide Transient Cell Installation, which will serve to improve the flexibility of power plant operation. According to the president of the Energa Research and Development Center, Marcin Karlikowski, "the project has achieved a record result in the assessment of the co-financing criteria". The project will be implemented by CBRF Energa (leader of the Consortium) and the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery PAS. The Institute of Power Engineering will be the subcontractor.
A prototype hydrogen production plant is expected to be built within three years. If all the assumptions adopted by scientists are fulfilled, installations of this type will also appear in subsequent facilities. The goal of the project is construction and production, using technical steam - power - to - gas (P2G). This type of installation can be a key element of energy storage systems, using excess energy, in particular from renewable energy sources.
Electrotechnical cells, also operating in reversible mode (rSOC), allow to improve the flexibility of conventional power units. As part of the project, research and development work will be carried out focused on a prototype installation with an rSOC stack, which in the electrolyser mode achieves efficiency above 70%, and in the fuel cell mode (SOFC) - 60%, which gives a process efficiency of approx. 42%.
As Energa S.A. emphasizes, the production of synthetic fuels using excess electricity from renewable sources allows the integration of the power system with the gas system, which significantly increases the safety of the energy system.
The project's budget is PLN 7.4 million, while the amount of EU funding is PLN 5.7 million.
The M. Faraday Research and Development Center (CBRF) was established in 2017 as one of the main tools for implementing the Energa Group Innovation Strategy. Its main task is to implement new projects that can meet the needs associated with modern energy and the challenges it faces. CBRF is headquartered in LINTE ^ 2 - a unique in Europe, the most modern power laboratory in Poland, located at the Gdańsk University of Technology. This is one of the first venture of this kind in Poland.