The CH2P project targets the emerging market of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS). The completion of the project – planned for mid 2020 – will exploit synergies between the Energy and the Transport sectors to provide a high-performance system prototype for HRS. The CH2P technology will be relevant to support the transition to hydrogen mobility and to stationary applications using hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
As reported by the H2ME project “Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and the associated refueling infrastructures are currently in the very early stages of market introduction. The current priority is to introduce vehicles in markets where a strategy is in place to support their use with an appropriate infrastructure for hydrogen fuel supply, distribution and sale. Inevitably in the early years this infrastructure will grow slowly as the demand for vehicles raises. During the introduction phase, the number of stations will remain low but will increase faster than the demand for hydrogen to ensure an adequate hydrogen refueling network coverage allowing FCEV sales to a broader market. A mature market (i.e self-sustaining) is expected to be reached by 2025.”
The infrastructure deployment plan of HRS foresees around 210 HRS installed in the EU4 (UK, Germany, France and Italy) by 2020 and more than 350 new HRS if additional EU member state are considered. Most of these HRS will refuel captive fleets at small scale distribution (ranges 20Kg/day – 200Kg/day) during the introduction phase of hydrogen mobility.
CH2P will contribute to the infrastructure deployment of HRS by developing the new system prototype for hydrogen generation with a capacity of 20 kg/day by the end of 2018 and an up-scaled system at the size of 100 kg/day of hydrogen production capacity – for infield testing in HRS – by the end of 2019.
The development of the final CH2P prototype will continue with the development of the CH2P technology operating in the new HRS. In this way, the CH2P technology will be the solution for on-site hydrogen generation and distribution, moving fast into more efficient HRS and accelerating the market uptake of hydrogen-based energy and transport applications within 2025.
CH2P has the plan to realize a high temperature co-generative system prototype producing hydrogen and power in a flexible way. The value of the CH2P technology:
- Higher efficiency: system efficiency is higher than 66% – the initial project target
- Reliability: production of hydrogen and power to match demand side management
- Cost competitiveness: hydrogen price below 4,5 €/kg vs the actual 9,5€/kg EU price
- Modularity: 40 kg/day technology integrating 2 modules of 20 kg/day
- Lifetime: 40.000 hours and around 10 years (with module changeouts)
- High performance: Hydrogen purity level 99,999% with H2O content <2 ppm and CO content <200 ppb to be compliant with the use in hydrogen cars
- In-field testing: At Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam
- Sustainability: Life Cycle Analysis on environmental impacts and costs
Customers & USERS
The targeted customers are oil and gas companies that are currently looking for innovative technologies to address the nascent market of hydrogen and electric mobility.
Other potential users are:
- electricity providers
- building industry
- chemistry industry
- glass industry
- logistic industry
- microelectronics industry
- steel industry
The main users of CH2P are drivers of fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles. These can be:
- individual car drivers
- taxi fleets
- shipment fleets (couriers and tracks)
- bus fleets