All the updates on the SWITCH project and R&D activities.


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.

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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.

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.  

Third project meeting

The 3rd 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.

Matteo Testi receives young scientist award

Our Researcher Matteo Testi from FBK – Italy has been awarded the “Young Scientist” Prize at the European Hydrogen Week 2020. Testi has been awarded for his research in the field of hydrogen mobility and transport.

In the SWITCH project, Testi is working on the control strategy of the system. 

Discover more on Testi’s research on his LinkedIn profile

Second project meeting

The second project meeting of the SWITCH Consortium took place on the 26th of June 2020. The project was hold online and it was focused on the design and modelling activities performed by EPFL.

The first deliverables have bee published. The deliverables report the activities performed in the first six months on the preliminary system design, on the use cases, and on the standard and regulations that the SWITCH system will comply to.

Kick-off Meeting

The SWITCH project has been kicked off at Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

Representatives of the seven partners organizations met to present the project plan, roles and responsibility in the development of the SWITCH system prototype.

The SWITH project will exploit the results of the CH2P project to build a system operating in both fuel cell and electrolysis mode. The project will use the Solix Oxide Cell (SOC) technology to produce “Mostly green, always secured” hydrogen.


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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