HyCARE is a project funded by H2020, the European Union Framework Program for Research and Innovation, under the FCH JTI – Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) – the public-private partnership supporting research in fuel-cell and hydrogen technologies.
The main objective of HyCARE is the development of a prototype hydrogen storage tank with use of a solid-state hydrogen carrier on large scale. The tank will be based on an innovative concept, linking hydrogen and heat storage, in order to improve energy efficiency and to reduce the footprint of the whole system. It will be connected to a 20 kW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser as hydrogen provider and a 10 kW PEM fuel cell as hydrogen user. The developed tank will be installed in the site of ENGIE LAB CRIGEN, which is a research and operational expertise center dedicated to gas, new energy sources and emerging technologies.
By demonstrating an end-to-end solution for low pressure hydrogen storage, HyCARE contributes to reduce the investment and operating costs of renewable energy storage. HyCARE targets the following goals:
- High quantity of stored hydrogen ≥ 50 kg
- Low pressure < 50 bar, low temperature RT to < 100°C
- Low foot print, comparable to liquid hydrogen storage ( ≥ 60 kg H2/m3)
- Hydrogen storage coupled with thermal energy storage
- Improved energy efficiency
- Integration with an electrolyser (EL) and a fuel cell (FC)
- Demonstration in real application
- Improved safety
- Techno-economical evaluation, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
- Exploitation of possible industrial applications
- Dissemination of results at various levels
- Engagement of local people and institution in the demonstration site