The project Hydrogen PROduction by MEans of solar heat and power in high TEmperature Solid Oxide Electrolysers, PROMETEO, has started in January 2021. It is funded by the European Union within the H2020 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) program, call H2020-JTI-FCH-2020-1. The project is coordinated by ENEA (Italy) and the consortium is formed by Capital Energy, IMDEA Energy (Spain), FBK, SNAM, NEXTCHEM (Italy), SOLIDPOWER, EPFL (Switzerland) and STAMICARBON (The Netherlands).
PROMETEO is part of the European strategy to move towards a 100% renewable energy system by means of using hydrogen obtained from renewable energy, a carbon-free energy carrier.
The main objective of PROMETEO is to achieve a highly efficient Hydrogen production by means of intermittent energy sources such as solar. For this purpose, Solid Oxide Electrolysers (SOE) will be integrated with a power source (PV), a heat source (concentrating solar) and a thermal storage, to ensure a heat supply when inexpensive PV power is available. The prototype will be designed and built by the company SOLIDPOWER and tested in relevant conditions in the PV installations of Capital Energy. IMDEA energy will be in charge of modelling and analyzing the performance of the integrated system.
More information: Manuel Romero, Deputy Director, manuel.romero @imdea.org