TU Delft and The Green Village have conducted groundbreaking research on a seasonal energy storage system utilizing hydrogen.
This project, under the ’24/7 Energy Hub’ research program, focuses on creating pilot energy hubs in real-life environments, exemplifying the potential of hydrogen in the built environment.
Goals: Shaping a Green Energy Landscape
The primary goal of the project is to develop an energy hub capable of storing excess summer-generated solar energy for winter use. This involves the storage of excess solar energy in batteries and the production of hydrogen via electrolysis. The stored hydrogen, maintained in pressure cylinders, can later be converted back to electricity during winter months using a fuel cell.
Technology: Hydrogen’s Role in Energy Hubs
Central to the project is the role of hydrogen in the energy storage system. Through a meticulous safety study, the project has addressed potential risks associated with hydrogen, such as leakage and overpressure. The developed system incorporates measures to mitigate these risks and provides a blueprint for implementing similar systems.
Potential Impact: Accelerating Energy Transition
The project’s successful implementation could be a game-changer in the transition to sustainable energy. By offering a practical example of how hydrogen can be integrated into energy storage systems, it contributes to the broader goal of reducing carbon emissions and fostering a cleaner energy landscape.