NEWS AND EVENTS

This section archives all the news and events of the SWITCH project.

New scientific paper published in the EDP Science Journal

SWITCH’s researchers Michele Bolognese, Matteo Testi, Lorenzo De Bortoli, Ruben Bartali and Luigi Crema of the Centre for Sustainable Energy of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy) published the article “Experimental validation of a dynamic modelling of a Reversible Solid Oxide Cells (rSOCs)”.
The work is the result of the participation of the researcher in the EFC21 – European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Piero Lunghi Conference.

Abstract:
The integration of Hydrogen technologies in different end-uses such as transport, electric microgrids, residential and industrial applications, will increase exponentially soon. Hydrogen as energy carrier allows more favourable energy conversion than other conventional systems and is crucial in worldwide decarbonize end uses. The production of green hydrogen, using RES, is a key area for the evolution of this technology. In this context, SWITCH is a Horizon 2020 European Project that aims to design, build and test an in-situ fully integrated and continuous multisource hydrogen production system, based on solid oxide cell technology. Reversible Solid Oxide Cell (rSOCs) technologies allow to convert renewable energy as hydrogen in the power-to-gas application (P2G) and in reversible mode is able to produce electricity from hydrogen stored, power-to-power application (P2P). rSOCs are really interesting to stabilize the random nature of RES because a combined electrolysis and fuel cell system should be able to switch between the two modes as quickly as possible in order to optimize the integration and the use of RES. However, rSOCs need a complex BoP from the thermal point of view, able to guarantee high efficiency even at partial load mode as well as easy start-up and shutdown procedures. In this work, a Stack Box Module dynamic model was developed in Modelica environment as a dynamic tool for the definition and optimization of BoP requirements. Stack model was validated in SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) and SOE (Solid Oxide Electrolyser). The results of the simulation provide verification of the technical/thermodynamic behaviour and flexibility of a stack box of 70 cells. Dynamic modelling allows to evaluate the effect of the reagent inlet temperatures on the operation and hydrogen production/consumption in terms of yield as well as the transients between the different operative modes. Model has been validated by experimental measurements performed in the laboratory. In particular, the kinetics of the reactions governing steam methane reforming (SMR) was considered from data found in the literature, while the ASR (Area Specific Resistance) value was calibrated according to experimental data. The results of the dynamic model show as model can be a useful design and optimization tool for the SOCs technology.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/e3sconf/202233401003

The article is available in Open access at this link: https://www.e3s-conferences.org/articles/e3sconf/abs/2022/01/e3sconf_efc2022_01003/e3sconf_efc2022_01003.html

SWITCH presented at Modelon Innovate 2022

The researcher Michele Bolognese, from Fondazione Bruno Kessler – FBK, participated in the Conference Modelon Innovate 2022 in Stockholm, last 19th of October. 

With the presentation “rSOC System: Modeling and Control Development With Modelica-Based Language“, the researcher wished to present the model developed for the H2020 Projects PROMETEO and SWITCH

The model enables the evaluation of a detailed system analysis and operation, which can also be used as a design tool for the upscale of the rSOCs technology in different scenarios and applications, and to test and optimize the control strategy. 

Modelon Innovate 2022 is a global event focused on system simulation for innovation and product design within commercial industries. 

If you are interested in the presentation, you can find it in the publications section!

SWITCH at the European Hydrogen Week!

The European Hydrogen Week is the biggest annual event dedicated to hydrogen with a series of great events all around hydrogen.

The third edition of the event took place in Brussels, from 24 to 28 October 2022, included an agenda rich of events, activities and panels. 

Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) attended the event and was present at the Exhibition, an important occasion to give visibility and showcase SWITCH project results!

 

SWITCH – CH2P Joint Workshop

On July 7, 2022 the SWITCH project presented the future exploitation during the final event of the CH2P Project.

The CH2P project designed, constructed and tested a novel 20 kg/day SOFC prototype for flexible and multimodal co-generation of hydrogen, heat and power using bio-methane.

The SWITCH project exploits and upscales the CH2P prototype by adding SOE operations for green hydrogen production. The SWITCH prototype will operate in five SOE/SOFC modes and it will produce 100 kg/day in SOE mode.

The workshop ended with a debate on the lesson learned from the two projects and the next steps for technology upscaling and application at Hydrogen Refueling Stations. 

The event was hosted by the 15th European SOFC and SOE Forum (EFCF 2022), with the possibility to join both on-site and remote. The event was attended by 54 participants: 38 people connected from remote and 16 attended in presence at KKL in Lucerne.

EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION OF LSM DYNAMIC MODELLING PRESENTED AT EFC21

Our researcher Michele Bolognese presented today at  European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Conference (EFC21) the results of the experimental validation of the SWITCH Large Stack Module. The results of the dynamic modelling of the Reversible Stack Module and of the External Reformer were validated by the experimental activities performed in Fondazione Bruno Kessler – FBK with 3% of discrepancy. The results confirm the robustness of the model, that can be used for future modelling of hydrogen stationary applications

More details will be shared in the conference proceedings.

For more information, visit http://www.europeanfuelcell.it

SWITCH PRESENTS RESULTS AT FCH JU PROGRAMME REVIEW 2021

What is the state of the art of R&D on Electrolysers for Clean Hydrogen production in Europe? Luigi Crema presented the development activities of the SWITCH Project at the Programme Review Days 2021 organized by Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

The project goals is to design, construct and test a novel system prototype for “mostly green, always secured” hydrogen production for hydrogen refueling stations. The final SWITCH prototype comprising two Solid Oxide Large Stack Modules (LSM) will be a 50kW (SOFC)/150kW(SOE) system producing up to 100 kg/day of hydrogen. The prototype will be operated in a relevant industrial environment for at least 5000 hours until full validation.

Stay tuned to know more on the testing activities.

PIME Workshop : a roadmap for an hydrogen economy in energy and transport in Poland

The SWITCH project has been presented in the online workshop “Hydrogen in power combined heat and power energy -intensive industry and agriculture”. The workshop has been organised by the PIME Knowledge Academy , which is promoting knowledge exchange to develop a hydrogen economy in energy and transport in Poland.

During the workshop, Matteo Testi (FBK) presented the talk “Reversible Solid Oxide Cells at support of flexible production of hydrogen, power and heat”, focusing on the R&D activities performed on the SWITCH Large Stack Module. The new LSM will significantly enhance the efficiency of green hydrogen production while securing production independently from renewable energy.

For more information, please download the workshop brochure.

LSM testing at DLR shows very good performances

In May 2021, the Large Stack Module (LSM) of the SWITCH prototype has been tested at DLR Stuttgart TT. The stationary testing has demonstrated successfully more than 53 kg/day with an efficiency of 95.6 %-LHV of hydrogen production using a high temperature steam electrolysis reactor from SOLIDPower. Promising steam conversions of up to 90 % were achieved. 

Dynamic testing will be performed in the coming weeks. More details will be published on the performance of the LSM in the “switching” phases between SOE and SOFC modes.

MODVAL 17 Symposium

EPFL organizes the 17th edition of the MODVAL Symposium on Modeling and Experimental Validation of Electrochemical Energy Technologies.  Taking place yearly in March/April, it alternates locations mostly between Switzerland and Germany, and is hosted by a local academic institution. 

The focus of the 17th edition is to present advances in modelling and in experimental work for model validation, for fuel cells, batteries and electrolysers. Attendance is ~120, from academia and industry, from Europe and overseas. The symposium provides good opportunity to create new proximity R&D collaborations.  

Second project meeting

The 2nd project meeting has been organized online on the 14th of January 2021. All the partners presented their activities and provided evidence of the work performed over the last six months. Fortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has not impacted on the initial activities for SWITCH.

The prelimany testing activities on the stack and the LSM are planned to start in March. DLR, FBK and EPFL will be the leading players in the coming months.

Stay tuned to know more on the testing activities.

 

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (now Clean Hydrogen Partnership) under Grant Agreement No 875148. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research

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