100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply
When: 9 March, 2016

The project Don Quichote (Demonstration of a new qualitative innovative concept of hydrogen out of wind turbine electricity) is set up to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of an integrated hydrogen storage system of renewable energy linked to a hydrogen refueling facility.

The official opening of “Don Quichote”, on Dassenveld Colruyt Group’s distribution center, is taking place on the 9th of March 2016.

The project has reached an important milestone. The existing hydrogen refuelling station of WaterstofNet at the premises of the Colruyt Group in Halle (Brussels) with the following specifications:

  • on-site electrolysis, storage capacity 65 kg/day, 450 bar,
  • use of alkaline electrolyser with a footprint only half of the current standard footprints, and coupled to the grid,
  • in the direct neighborhood (< 100 m) 1,5 MW wind turbine and 1050 kW of solar panels,
  • refuelling fuel cell based forklifts in a three shift operation.

Has been now expanded by:

  • PEM electrolyser (30 Nm3/h),
  • extra storage capacity (40 kg),
  • fuel cell (120 kW), delivered and built by Hydrogenics.

For the first time, it will be able to perform additional tests on both electrolyser systems to find out which type is better to connect to renewable energy sources. As this system will extensively be tested for the next two year (until October 2017). During this testing period, the PEM electrolyser will be benchmarked against the existing alkaline electrolyser.

Up to now, the existing hydrogen refuelling stations has delivered more than 2200 kg of hydrogen to mostly forklift trucks and performed 2.500 refuelings. The technical availability of the fueling stations is more than 95%.

The Don Quichote project (www.don-quichote.eu) is co-financed by the European Union within the FCH JU program under Grant Agreement N°: 303411. The following partners are part of the consortium: Hydrogenics, HyET, Colruyt Group, TÜV Rheinland, Joint Research Centre, Thinkstep, Icelandic New Energy, FAST/European Hydrogen Association and WaterstofNet.

If you are interested in further information on the project, you can contact:

·         Johan Seykens ·         Wouter van der Laak ·         Ahmed Aly
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]