ABOUT THE PROJECT
The technical feasibility of PEM MW Fuel Cell Power Plants (FCPP) has been well demonstrated, but a major step in fuel cell stacks and system costs is still needed.
In addition, a dynamic operating capability is a new necessary feature to participate in renewable energy markets.
GRASSHOPPER proposes major coherent improvements on MEAs, stacks, and system design to reduce CAPEX and add flexibility.
GRASSHOPPER aims to create a next-generation MW-size FCPP which is more cost-effective and flexible in power output, accomplishing an estimated CAPEX < 1500 €/kWe at a yearly production of 25 MWe.
The MW-size FCPP unit will be based on learnings from a 100 kW pilot plant design, implementing newly developed stacks and MEAs.
This pilot plant is large enough to implement cost savings and validate operation flexibility and grid stabilization capability via fast response.
FULL NAME: GRASSHOPPER
GRid ASSisting Modular HydrOgen Pem PowER Plant
EC contract: 779430
Balance of Plant Cost Reduction
Low cost / Large size MEA & Stack
Design of larger size of low cost stacks
Flexible Operation & Grid Support
100kW Pilot plant
Design and validation of a 100kW pilot plant at Nouryoun facilities in Delfzijl. A real industrial environment where the pilot plant will be using H2 produced as a byproduct of the chlor-alkali electrolysis.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
MW-scale Commercial plant
Design of a low-cost, flexible and modular MW size FCPP. Ready to go to market.
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 779430. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.