To achieve European ambitions to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases by 80% before 2050, emissions of the transport sector and of the energy sectors will need to decrease drastically.
Today, the Hydrogen Economy offers ready solutions to decarbonize the transport sector.
In the short term, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) close to be deployed in the market in increasing numbers: because of this a network of hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) first has to exist.
In the medium-long term, the so called Green Hydrogen (production of hydrogen by renewable energy sources) is figured as the target technology to decarbonize the different energy sectors, but these technologies needs to become commercially attractive in order to foster the development of clean transport sector.
What we can do in the meantime?
To accelerate this process, CH2P will contribute at building a transition technology for early infrastructure deployment, developing a new technology for the future network of HRS, using widely available carbon-lean natural gas (NG) or bio-methane to produce hydrogen and power through Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology.
CH2P aims at cogenerate hydrogen and electricity with high efficiency (up to 90%) and with reduced environmental impact compared to conventional technologies, pointing at a target cost for the hydrogen produced below 4,5 €/kg.
The technology available at the end of the project should be scaled up for deployment at larger retail sites, moving the hydrogen production from the demo sites to the commercial refuelling stations in short time. This can pave the way to feed extensive fleets of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV’s) – such as cars, buses and trains – accelerating the transition to clean technologies based on hydrogen.