The Areva energy company have announced they will collaborate with Schneider Electric on a hydrogen fuel-cell system for use with renewable energy storage.
Areva currently employs a system for capturing energy known as Greenergy Box. The Greenergy Box uses an electrolyser and a fuel cell to store hydrogen and oxygen from water electrolysis. It captures energy when usage is low, and converts the hydrogen to electricity for release when demand is high.
The Greenergy Box is one of several solutions under development that aim to store and release energy to the grid. None of the solutions have achieved widespread success, but the Greenergy Box system looks promising. It’s currently working at a solar power station in Corsica, and in the future, the two companies plan to use the technology with wind generators as well.
Via: Wall Street Journal