McPhy Energy has announced that the company has signed a contract with the Enel Group, Italy for the supply of a solid hydrogen storage solution. The system has a capacity of 2 kilograms of solid hydrogen, stored in the form of magnesium hydrides (which do not require compression), offering an innovative solution for safe, reversible hydrogen storage, with energy efficiency.
A prototype of the system design was validated through a series of tests at the CEA-LITEN (the French national Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials in Grenoble, France). The test tank was coupled to an electrolyser and to a fuel cell, successfully demonstrating the storage of renewable energy.
Enel will integrate McPhy’s solution in a full, innovative technology framework, which includes wind and solar technologies, as well as hydrogen production and storage. McPhy’s storage system will be located at Enel’s research center in Livorno. The project will be led by a group of researchers from the Enel Research Center of Pisa.
The Industry Grouping of the Joint Undertaking for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, NEW IG, Fuel Cell Europe, the European Regions and Municpalities Partnership for fuel cells and hydrogen, HyER (formerly HyRaMP), and the EHA have sent a joint letter to EU Member States representatives in the Competiveness Council to explain the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in the decarbonizing transport by 2050. On the occasion of the presentation of the EU Spanish presidency of an EU Electric Car Plan in Seville, the organisations draw Member States’ attention to fuel cell cars next to battery cars as part of electric transport. Fuel cell transport applications such as cars, buses, taxis, forklifts, motorbikes and trucks are currently being developed, tested and demonstrated at EU, national and local level. What is needed additionally is in particular a coordinated approach towards increased project funding, regulatory support and development of technical standards both at EU and at Member State level. Such measures are crucial to provide a stable and predictable environment to attract the necessary private investment and make the shift to zero emission transport a reality. The organisations therefore call upon the Competitiveness Council and the European Commissionto acknowledge the need for increased and coordinated EU financial support to commercialize electrical mobility in the EU, including battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. The joint letter can be downloaded below.
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