The SWITCH consortium is composed by seven European partners from five different EU countries and Switzerland.
The consortium is highly interdisciplinary: there are two SMEs, two large enterprises and three research institutes. Three enterprises are members of the Hydrogen Europe, which is constitutive partner of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). Three research institutes are members of Hydrogen Europe Research, the Research Group of FCH JU.
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) is a private non-profit research centre located in the Autonomous Province of Trento. The FBK’s Centre for Sustainable Energy coordinates the SWITCH project. The FBK team is involved also in the modelling of the hydrogen storage tank and of the stack, in system testing and in dissemination, communication and exploitation activities
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is Germany’s research center for aeronautics and space. Research at the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart concentrates on efficient and resource-saving energy storage and conversion technologies. DLR will conduct stack module experiment and analysis in electrolysis, polygeneration, reversible operation mode. DLR will support steady state process system modelling and dynamic system modelling and it will contribute to the thermal control of stack module. DLR will lead the analysis of LSM experiment results and LSM performance at relevant conditions (WP5).
EPFL is one of Europe’s leading Research and Education Institutions. The GEM unit (Group of Energy Materials) lead the system design activity (WP3), using its multi-objective and multi-period optimization tool to design the heat exchanger network capable of covering all loads and internal exchanges for switching the SOC between the operating modes. EPFL will lead the electro-chemical measurement activities combined with post-test analysis and it will lead the LCA and LCC analysis.
HyGear B.V. is an SME based in Arnhem (NL) with focus on development and manufacturing of small scale gas processing plants and purification systems, such as on-site gas generators. HyGear will lead the development of the cold parts of the system, like gas handling, the PSA development for hydrogen purification (WP4) and the system integration (WP6). HYGEAR will support making the system specifications and testing of the system.
SOLIDpower SA (SP) is a dynamic and dedicated SME specialized in high-temperature electroceramic applications for energy and gas conversion. SP will lead WP4, and is responsible for the design and construction of Balance of Plant components operating at high temperature. SP will develop the Large Stack Module design for reversible operation, continuous hydrogen production. SP is involved in the overall system design, construction and testing.
Sweco is an engineering and consulting company whose one of the main goals is to create a society sustainable in its operations with the natural environment. SWECO will conduct research of the Central-Eastern European market to find potential customers, it will analyse market conditions for technology upscale and it will prepare Business Cases for technology applications of the SWITCH’s system.
Shell is an integrated energy company that aims to meet the world’s growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. Shell employs around 90,000 people in over 70 countries and had an R&D investment of ~$1.1 billion in 2018. Shell is the current chair of the German Clean Energy Partnership and one of the main shareholders in the German H2 Mobility organization, planning to build 200 hydrogen stations until 2023. This will be followed by the roll-out of hydrogen infrastructure in other European countries, of which the announcement to build 3 stations near London with ITM as partner is an example. Shell seeks reliable, low-cost, efficient and low-carbon hydrogen supply to these stations. The Hydrogen team in Shell works on the near term hydrogen for mobility aspects as well as the longer term hydrogen as an energy vector and storage aspects.
For Shell the project will be led by Shell Global Solutions International B.V. with the goal of leading the initial use cases building and defining the required interfaces of the SWITCH prototype with the Test facility at STCA.
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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