Hydrogen-powered, zero-emission fuel cell genset as replacement for diesel genset is the goal of Everywh2ere
A five-year project has been kicked off by EU aiming to create zero-emission, transportable replacements for the diesel generators. Zero-emission fuel cell genset should be used for temporary power and backup.
Twelve companies from across Europe comprise project Everywh2ere, and given them €7 million for five years to build eight “plug-and-play” gensets. They will be powered by proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells, to be used for portable, temporary power in urban environments.
Packaging existing stacks
According to the project summary on the EU’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) page, the project will integrate robust PEMFC stacks and low weight intrinsecally safe pressurized hydrogen technologies, already demonstrated, into easy to install, easy to transport gensets.
Prototypes will be tested at music festivals, urban public events and construction sites across Europe.
The first long-term applications are expected to be emergency and construction sites, mining and industrial sites and ships in harbor. However the potential for lowering emissions in data centers is obvious as well.
Sweden PowerCell will get €0.85m of the funding, and says its products will be at the heart of the project.
The systems are based on the PowerCell S2 and the PowerCell S3, and are developed for plug-and- play. They are quiet and they don’t generate any emissions other than water.
The twelve firms involved are: PowerCell, ICLEI European Secretariat GMBH, Germany, Mahytec SARL, France, Acciona Construccion SA, Spain, Environment Park SPA, Italy, Green Music Initiative / Delta1 gUg, Germany, Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón, Spain, RINA Consulting SPA, Italy; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland; Genport SRL, Italy; Swiss Hydrogen SA, Switzerland and Linde Gas Italia S.r.l, Italy.
what was the initial idea of making the tool?
The idea is to replace other type of generators for example diesel or batteries. Batteries can operate as a backup system just for a short period of time.