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Hydrogen Production & Storage Platform
The Hydrogen Production and Storage Platform supports the
development of hydrogen as an energy source. The main focus is the solid oxide electrolyzer/fuel cell (SOEC/SOFC), a
reversible hydrogen technology. In co-electrolyzer (co-SOEC) mode, the cell can turn water vapor and CO2 into H2/CO syngas, which can then be transformed into chemical molecules of interest; it can also
operate in fuel-cell (SOFC) mode to produce electricity and heat from a variety of carbon- or nitrogen-based fuels.
CEA-Liten leverages the Hydrogen Production and Storage Platform's resources to develop and test demonstrators of significant sizes at various scales, from cell (where the electrochemical reaction occurs), to multiple-cell stack, to module, and, finally, system.
The Hydrogen Production and Storage Platform is home to:
that covers all process steps: preparation and implementation of the contact layer and seal using chemicals, tape casting, and robotic seal assembly; mechanical techniques like laser engraving; plus crucial quality inspections of each component before the stacks are assembled.
The line also handles packaging and stack performance testing. The total production capacity is 1-2 stacks per week. The equipment is flexible enough to use to develop
new generations of stacks and can also be used to improve the
reliability of manufacturing processes.
The platform also has
state-of-the-art facilities for the development of hydrogen
Researchers investigated whether or not additive manufacturing affects a material’s hydrogen resistance. They designed an experiment to test the theory on parts made from Inconel, a material used for certain parts in the Ariane 6 launcher’s engines.
A study of the impacts of various pollutants present in hydrogen on fuel cell performance and lifespans was completed, and the results will aid in the development of international standards.
The EU COBRA project was set up to make improvements to PEMFC bipolar plate manufacturing processes and enhance the plates’ durability with the ultimate goal of bringing costs down. Several innovations were tested in the lab and on actual vehicles.
€6 million in investment
700 sq. m facility plus a 120 sq. m outdoor testing area
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