Hydrogen electrolysis paving the way for the energy revolution
On the way into the energy revolution, the topic of energy storage takes an increasing central value. By the expansion of renewable energies not only power supply systems change; the variable generation capacities of wind and solar power pose new challenges to an effective storage of energy from renewable resources to avoid supply bottlenecks.
In this regard, hydrogen electrolysis is one of the key technologies – especially if the hydrogen is obtained from unused wind or solar power. Ground-breaking advantages can be achieved with the so-called high-temperature steam electrolysis SOEC (Solid Oxid Electrolyzer Cell), especially with regard to the energy efficiency and the costs of hydrogen generation.
For more efficient testing of process-engineering components of SOEC electrolyzers, FuelCon developed an evaporator assembly with low-pulsation steam generation for the Evaluator-HT series’ electrolyzer test stations. The challenge was to achieve a consistent water evaporation to avoid pressure variations and the involved cell voltage variations. Furthermore, the steam generation for testing the SOEC electrolyzers should be realized without using carrier gas.
With the newly developed evaporator, FuelCon was able to master this challenge successfully. The FuelCon evaporator modules are available in different sizes depending on the customer requirements, with steam generation rates from 0.001 to 100 ml water per minute. The desired steam amount can be precisely and continuously adjusted. Also, the evaporator can be applied in a wide temperature range. With this development, FuelCon test stations can provide efficient support for the optimization and further development of electrolyzer technologies for the energy storage solutions of the future.
Consequently intelligent: that’s how we love solutions. FuelCon is the global leading supplier of test and diagnostic systems for fuel cells and batteries. For years, our name is recognized for innovative engineering and high quality, for highest safety standards and close consultation with our costumer.
With our testing systems for fuel cells we offer optimal solutions for all typical technologies like PEM, DMFC, SOFC or MCFC in a power range between a few watts up to 150kW. In addition, innovative test systems for evaluating electrolyser are available. With the “Evaluator-B” series we have developed a concept that fulfils the challenging testing requirements of modern batteries with high accuracy and flexibility. The test systems enable the comparison, evaluation and optimization of battery cells and packs, as well as simulation of different requirements for customized applications.
Aside the headquarters in Germany, FuelCon is with its subsidiary FuelCon Systems Inc. and several representatives active in Europe, North America and Asia.
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