We expect CH2P project to contribute to lower carbon emissions for hydrogen as well as power generation and to lower the cost of hydrogen for mobility. A successful completion of the project – planned for mid 2020 – will give the opportunity to create synergies between the Energy and Transport sectors and penetrate the emerging market of Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) with a high performances technology, supporting step by step the transition to a clean energy society from the mobility sector to future possible deployment of the CH2P technology in stationary applications.
As reported by the H2ME project “FCEVs and the associated refuelling infrastructures are currently in the very early stages of the 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 (i.e until 2020), the number of stations will remain low but will increase faster than the demand for hydrogen to ensure an adequate hydrogen refuelling network coverage allowing FCEV sales to a broader market.
A mature market (i.e self-sustaining) is expected to be reached by 2025.”
Looking at the ongoing process for the HRS infrastructure deployment, as shown in the following figure, the expected operating HRS planned to be installed by 2020 is around 210 stations in the EU4 (UK, Germany, France and Italy), but increases to more than 350 new HRS if we consider the geographical area of the central EU member state. Most of these HRS will be at support of captive fleets at initial small scale distribution (ranges 20Kg/day – 200Kg/day) during the introduction phase of an hydrogen based mobility.
CH2P will contribute to this innovation process by developing a new prototype system for hydrogen generation capacity of 20 kg/day at the end of 2018 and will realize an up-scaled system at the size of 100 kg/day of hydrogen production capacity – for infield testing in HRS – for the end of 2019. The reason is the development of a final prototype of significant scale for further market deployment of the technology in the short time, possibly before 2025.
By this way, a successful preliminary results of the CH2P research activity, especially as regards the two system prototypes, could be an interesting solution for the realization of the new planned HRS. In fact, the CH2P tested technology will be available before the end of 2020, where it is expected a consistent increase in the HRS deployment.
CH2P technology will be the solution for on-site hydrogen generation and distribution, moving fast into a more efficient HRS solution and accelerating the market deployment of this technology in order to reach – as cited before – a mature market hopefully before 2025 when the hydrogen technology could contribute in making “clean mobility a reality for better places to live!“.