Grasshopper is, in its nature, an innovation project. It aims to make Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology affordable and attractive for potential consumers and markets. So the focus is not on basic science, but rather on the development of reliable and affordable products ready to be introduced in the market. For that objective, the Grasshopper Project presents several technological advances that have been made at many different levels, from individual components to the whole system. The second phase of the project test these developments on the 100kW pilot plant. Allowing for a further optimized design at a greater scale. In order to take the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power plants to their next level both in functionalities and market accessibility, the pilot plant also aims to demonstrate the flexibility of this technology. Specifically on the electrical market by providing grid support.
These and more features and explained in detail further below, where have divided the plant in three main components for easier understanding:
- BOP or Balance of Plant, for the handling of fluids, heat and the control of the plat.
- Fuel Cell modules or Stacks, the heart of the plant where the power is generated.
- PCS or Power Conversion System, where the raw DC power is converted into ready to use AC Power.