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BALANCE project meeting in Lausanne

2019 / 02 / 28

On the 28-29th of January 2019 the meeting of BALANCE project took place at the Federal University of Lausanne (EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Branch in Sion, Switzerland. Two researchers took part in the event - Yevgeniy Naumovich (PhD) and Konrad Motyliński from the Department of High Temperature Electrochemical Processes of the Institute of Power Engineering.

During the meeting, there was presented the status of work carried out at the Institute of Power Engineering in the field of structural solutions of constant-oxide electrochemical cells, as well as in the numerical analysis of dynamic SOC operation in switched modes of fuel cell (SOFC) and electrolyser (SOE).

tl_files/zdjecia/Aktualnosci 2019/2019-02-23 Spotkanie projektu BALANCE w Lozannie/2.jpgThe key idea of the project is that the reversible electrolyser technology is expected to support the growth of wind and solar energy by providing grid balancing services. High temperature steam electrolysers use electricity to produce hydrogen that can be used as a fuel or stored for a later time. A reversible electrolyser is capable of converting this hydrogen back into electricity, meaning it can store electrical energy in the form of a chemical fuel that can be easily stored for short or long period of time. Since this technology is based on Reversible Solid Oxide Cells, it is referred to as ReSOC. The technology is not yet mature in terms of performance and cost for market entry. The partners of the BALANCE project are joining their effort to develop this technology to demonstrate its feasibility.

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