Technology demonstration of large scale photo-electrochemical system for solar hydrogen production - PECSYS
PECSYS is a research and innovation project aimed at demonstrating a system for the solar driven electrochemical hydrogen generation. The final demonstrator shall consist of several planar modules with an active area >10 m² and is projected to produce more than 10 Kg of hydrogen over a six month period.
The consortium shall test various established PV materials (thin film silicon, crystalline silicon heterojunction and copper indium gallium di-selenide,CIGS) and integrate them with established electrolysers technologies to develop innovative device concepts for integrated photo-electrochemical devices.
The focus shall be on energy efficiency enhancement, scaling up and optimizing the long-term stability of these devices that will go far beyond the current state of the art in terms of performance and cost.
Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis stack developed at Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3). The costly titanium in the bipolar plate is replaced by coated stainless steel. The stack is capable to be operated at 50 bar and 80 °C, and the nominal power per cell is 1.2 kW.
“This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement 735218. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY”