The global development of large stationary FC goes towards multi-MW installations: examples are a 15 MW FC park in US or 60 MW FC park in South Korea as well as the announced 360 MW FC park there. Europe has a total of only 2 MW of such fuel cells installed.
Such large installations demonstrate the capability of the technology, raise needed volume for cost reduction and provide best of class total cost of ownership (TCO).
To jump-start this first commercialisation phase, the industry needs dedicated demonstrations with selected promising suppliers/technologies16 in order to clear the way for a volume increase in the market, which is concomitant to the required decrease in capital costs. This should open pathways to allow full commercial deployment with shrinking public funding, taking into account the full added values of what large FCs can offer to the European energy system.Scope:
This demonstration activity will focus on MW or multi-MW demonstration in order to:
Core features of the FC such as efficiency, cost, durability and lifetime must comply with relevant MAWP targets and the global competition; these values have been compiled on the expected impact chapter. This demonstration must not only raise public awareness; it should be used to establish confidence in technology, business models and market readiness with key customers in the food, pharma, chemical industry or other sectors. The project should be advanced with market enablers (such as utilities, leading project developers in construction and energy business) to achieve volume contracts and with financiers to assure access to project financing.
The selected project will target primarily demonstration of MW-class FC solutions in the commercial/industrial market segments integrating both of the following:
The project should aim at creating partnerships between end users, industry, local SMEs, financiers and local authorities, in order to ensure that the solutions are replicable and can be supported or financed by various public or private organizations.
Therefore the project should:
Any event (accidents, incidents, near misses) that may occur during the project execution shall be reported into the European reference database HIAD (Hydrogen Incident and Accident Database) at https://odin.jrc.ec.europa.eu/engineering-databases.html.
TRL start: 7
TRL end: 8
Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate higher power levels.
The FCH 2 JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 6 million would allow the specific challenges to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts
Expected duration: 5 years
A maximum of 1 project may be funded under this topic.Expected Impact:
The project should focus on the following impacts:
and possibly address in addition to that also:
It is envisaged that the project will also bring societal benefits such as: