The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has awarded funding for the project “3+2 Hyer: Development of models to boost the efficiency of hydrogen electrolysers,” which is being led by the engineering firm SEGULA Technologies.
The goal of this project is to create a diagnostic model based on artificial intelligence that can estimate an electrolyser’s useful life and qualitatively enhance its performance and dependability, providing an operating plan that is both technologically and economically optimal.
SEGULA Technologies develops the necessary infrastructure to serve as the industrial partner for the construction of a unique test bench. The stack will be developed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Hydrogen Research Institute of the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, while the characterisation tool will be created by Toronto-based startup Pulsenics.
In order to gather information on the aging process in accordance with various power levels, the group will also construct a test platform for the electrolyser and the battery under various conditions of use and operation. Additionally, with the assistance of its scientific partner, the Center for Energy Technology (ZET) at the University of Bayreuth, it will refine the electrolyser’s operational and functional approach.
A digital twin will be created and improved at the Institute for Integrated Power Systems at the University of Victoria (Canada) and the NRC after the data has been gathered. With the aim of lowering the costs of electrolyzers throughout their production and operation, new hardware and software solutions will be able to be developed thanks to the expertise and collaboration of international partners.