EC call for proposals: Research in electrolysis for cost effective hydrogen production

18 augustus 2014

Scope:  Proposals should address a combination of the following developments:

•             Reduction of electricity consumption

•             Simplification of systems, size reduction (e.g. through higher current density)

•             Reduction of capital cost and use of materials. Enhanced manufacturability. Less expensive materials

•             Scalability to multi-MW scale. Modularity

•             New component and conceptual systems for improved partial load behaviour and highly dynamic operation

•             New materials and component design less prone to degradation. Improved understanding of degradation mechanisms, particularly under dynamic operation

•             Better maintenance and higher reliability

Research and innovation activities will contribute to identify and explore improvements towards 2025 central KPIs, as prescribed by the study on “Development of water electrolysis in the European Union”, in decreasing electricity consumption and capital cost, improving durability and dynamic behaviour. A technology neutral approach is favoured, allowing all technologies, whether alkaline, PEM, SOEC or AEM, to propose its challenges and detailed scope of work. As KPIs for SOEC and AEM are not available in the study, proposals addressing these technologies should carefully justify the current state of the art and the potential evolution of the technology until 2025 to be commercially available and competitive ex aequo with the conventional electrolysis technologies.

Expected impact: Proposals are expected to attain cost competitiveness of electrolysis with central Steam Methane Reforming. Proposals should indicate how the technology solution can achieve MAWP targets regarding cost reduction, efficiency improvement and decrease of electricity consumption.

Identifying and validating incremental or break through improvements in materials, components and system concepts directed to set the basis for cost competitive electrolytic hydrogen compared with central SMR should be key drivers in projects led by electrolyser manufacturers, technologists and research institutes. Outcome of the projects must derive in new concepts validated in relevant environments.