- Start dateSeptember 1, 2018
- Runtime48 months
- ContactCarol Xiao
This project covers the design, realisation and exploration of the Hydrohub MegaWatt Test Centre at the Zernike Campus in Groningen. The open-innovation infrastructure will be used to do research and perform series of stress testing at MW scale with water electrolysis (both alkaline and proton exchange membrane (PEM) as a stepping stone towards future GigaWatt scale production of sustainable hydrogen by the process industry. Material- and component suppliers for e.g. membranes, anodes, electrodes, pump etc. are facilitated to test the impact of their products. Since manufacturs of electrolysers do not offer this transparency, this is a unique feature.
In it’s Routekaart Waterstof the Topsector Energie and the TKI Energie & Industrie is calling upon the industry to start working on several promising initiatives, e.g. “stress tests of large-scale electrolysers in an industrial setting including one fluctuating supply of renewable electricity”.
This project is a building block of our Hydrohub Innovation Program and therefore aligned to other hydrogen initiatives by the process industry and academics like the so-called GW-study and some mid-term projected pilot projects (e.g. 20 MW demo in 2022 by Nouryon and Gasunie) and a new tenure track programme by NWO in the field of electrochemistry.