HyCARE – An innovative approach for renewable energy storage by a combination of hydrogen carriers and heat storage

The tank will be based on an innovative concept, linking hydrogen and heat storage to improve energy efficiency and to reduce the footprint of the whole system. It will be connected to a 20 kW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser as hydrogen provider and a 10 kW PEM fuel cell as hydrogen user. By demonstrating an end-to-end solution for low pressure hydrogen storage, HyCARE contributes to reduce the investment and operating costs of renewable energy storage.

The main goals targeted by HyCARE are:

  • High quantity of stored hydrogen ≥ 50 kg
  • Low operating pressure < 50 bar and temperature RT to < 100°C
  • Low foot print, comparable to liquid hydrogen storage ( ≥ 60 kg H2/m3)
  • Hydrogen storage coupled with thermal energy storage
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Integration with an electrolyser (EL) and a fuel cell (FC)

HyCARE is collaborative project coordinated by the University of Torino (Italy). The Project Consortium is composed by five research institutes, three SMEs and one large corporation in the energy sector.

HyCARE is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), which is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by Hydrogen Europe Research.