The Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon is a private non – profit organization promoted by the Regional Government, other public bodies and private companies. Currently the Board of the Foundation is formed by sixty-six stakeholders belonging to all the economy sectors: automotive, chemistry, power generation, financial, educational, engineering, research and development centres and real estate. Its team of young professionals performs R&D as well as consultancy projects, in cooperation or assisting local and national companies. Over the last ten years, FHA has been supporting the regional strategy for the uptake of H2 and FC technologies, publishing the Hydrogen Master Plan in Aragón (2007-2010 and 2011-2015), and showcasing the whole hydrogen chain (production, management and efficient use), obtaining the primary energy from renewable sources by means of processes currently available (photovoltaic and wind). The facilities include hydrogen production means (PEM as well as alkaline electrolyzers), storage, dispensing and final use in fuel cells, including vehicles (BEV and FCEV). More than 1.000 people visit yearly the FHA premises, mainly from schools and universities, hence contributing to the wider awareness and dissemination to the society. Toggle content goes here, click edit button to change this text.
FHA is member of the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2), the Fuel Cell Spanish Association (APPICE), the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Spanish Technology Platform (PTE-HPC), the Spanish Association of Foundations and member of AENOR/CTN-181, contributing to the development of standards to favour the introduction of FCH technologies. Besides, FHA chairs AEI-NTH, a cluster with private and public bodies potentially interested in FCH technologies in the region of Aragón. At European level, FH a is present in the European Research Grouping on Fuel Cells and hydrogen of the European Commission, N.HERGY, and HyER, which represents 35 regions and cities in Europe and looks for the introduction of FCH technologies. Besides, FHa has led the task 24 of Wind Energy and Hydrogen Integration in the IEA. FHA is very active in the R&D and innovation in FCH technologies projects at Spanish and European level. Besides, FHA has coordinated FCH JU projects like FCH JU ELYGRID (Grant Nº 278824) project, HyProfessionals (Grant Nº 256758), HyUnder (Grant Nº 303417) and participated in Flumaback (Grant Nº 301782) and KnowHy (Grant Nº 621222). FHA has a laboratory for hydrogen technologies integration and development, and its facilities include PV and wind generation supplying electricity to the Walqa technology park which will be used to demonstrate the results of the project.
FHA is the coordinator of the project and it will be actively involved in all the WPs. Their work will be focused mainly in:
Mr Pedro Casero, M. Sc. Mechanical Engineer (1996), by the University of Zaragoza. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of R&D in the energy sector while working in the R&D Department of ELCOGAS (owner of the Puertollano IGCC Demo Plant), where he developed projects in the field of CO2 capture, H2 production, biomass co-gasification and process optimization. He was the Project Manager of the first in the world Pilot Plant for CO2 capture and H2 production linked to an IGCC Plant in operation.
Mr. Edgar Bueno. Electronic Engineer (Tecnologico de Sonora) with M. Sc. Renewable energy (Universidad de Navarra). He has more than 15 years of experience as electronic design engineering, 5 years of them in Sony of Baja California, Mexico, working as senior design engineering in the design department of Sony WEGA television. Also designing for Trinitron CRT, HD CRT, digital projector and HD LCD Technology. Changeling his designs skills in the sector of renewables energies during his last years in the Company Renovalia, developing a I+D Project designing the control for an hybrid power wind –diesel system. Many of his designs are still in use by Acciona windpower. He join to the Foundation for New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon in 2017, working in the innovation Technology department.
Mr Lorién Gracia, Electrical Engineer with M. Sc. in Renewable Energies (CIRCE). He works as an Innovation Technician developing European Renewable Energy projects specialized in Microgrid Modelling Software, renewables integration and energy balances. Before joining the Foundation, he worked in the Technical Management Department of Endesa, dedicated to the electricity distribution.
ITM Power is a dynamic, innovative company committed to clean sustainable energy solutions based on water electrolysis using Polymer-Electrolyte-Membrane (PEM) technologies. ITM has grown from its original platform of novel hydrophilic polymeric electrolytes (for water electrolysis and hydrogen fuel cells) to that of a technology provider. ITM now has both a strong base of intellectual property and engineering expertise for providing hydrogen solutions. ITM was established in 2002 and has undergone the transition from research to commercialisation.
ITM has grown from three key staff in 2002 to 70 staff in 2015, with over 500 man years’ experience in the hydrogen sector. ITM has two dedicated research and development facilities in Sheffield, UK. The first facility is dedicated to fundamental research, including membrane and catalyst development and testing, and has 24/7 testing capability with 140 electrolysers test stations and a dedicated fuel cell laboratory. The production / scale up facility has engineering capabilities including CNC machinery, stack manufacture room and testing facilities capable of testing stacks up to 33kg/day capacity.
ITM is experienced in partnering and leading UK collaborative R&D projects, research projects have included research into catalysts, manufacturing, stack design, BoP design for off grid operation. ITM is also a partner in a number of JTI projects – the most relevant to this project include:
ITM Power is the owner of the PEMWE technology on which focuses the ELY4OFF Project and in the light of this, the company is entitled to participate to all of the WPs. ITM will be heavily operationally involved, as guide wand leader, in the conception, design and optimization of the PEMWE stack and balance of plant under WP3. Besides, ITM will test the ELY4OFF PEMWE in their facilities prior to sending it to FHA demonstrator for its integration with PV. ITM Power, as the main beneficiary of the exploitation strategy and the business model of the project, will lead WP6, dedicated to achieve market introduction in the off-grid sector.
Dr Simon Bourne, Technical Director. Simon joined ITM in 2002. As director, he is now responsible for Research, Engineering and Production functions. Before joining ITM, Simon was a project engineer with Sonatest Plc and a researcher with the Ministry of Defense. Simon has a BSc Hons in Materials Science (UMIST) and a PhD (Cranfield).
Prof. Marcus Newborough, Development Director, Ph.D, MSc,. Marcus was previously the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Professor in Energy and Environmental Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. Marcus has 25 years research experience in energy systems with a research focus on low-carbon pathways, managed over 30 research contracts, supervised 27 PhD students and published over 100 scientific papers.
Mr Graham Robson, Project Coordinator. Graham joined ITM in August 2017. As project coordinator, he is responsible for the project management of several FCH-JU funded projects. Graham’s background is in electrical engineering with over 25 years of project experience in heavy industry and manufacturing operations.
Inycom is a Spanish technology company headquartered in Zaragoza. It was founded in 1982, so it has more than 30 years of experience. Inycom provides high quality services and solutions with added value in IT and Communications, Energy, Laboratory Equipment, Electronics and Medical Equipment. It has a staff of more than 350 professionals in 9 offices in Spain, 2 of them in Technology Parks, and 1 in Enschede, in the Netherlands.
Inycom R&D Department has a wide experience delivering products for telecommunication companies and electric utilities based on software development and electronic design, focused on scientific and technical applications. They provide a strong expertise especially in renewable energies research.
In the Energy Sector, Inycom is an ESCO, offering services and products in the fields of measurement and data acquisition, energy efficiency, intelligent SCADAs, demand and generation forecasts and electricity markets assessment. Inycom has been dedicated for more than ten years to R&D in energy, more specifically in renewables and their integration in the power grid. After developing several commercial measurement equipment and software applications to automate validation of international standards, in the last 5 years lnycom has participated in the implementation of different microgrids, especially in large industries and Technology Parks, integrating renewable energy sources and energy storage (including hydrogen) to improve the quality in power supply, energy efficiency and energy trading profitability.
Inycom R&D Department has more than 10 years of experience developing advanced technologies for the energy sector, including embedded systems and electronic design and development. Some relevant projects to the scope of this proposal supported by different national and European R&D funds are:
The main role of Inycom will be the design and engineering of an overarching control system for the different components involved in the project and their integration. So Inycom will be the leading partner in WP4 and will participate actively in the implementation of the demonstration activities in WP5.
Furthermore, Inycom will also contribute to the definition of requirements and will provide its know how on electricity markets for RCS in WP2 and the exploitation of new business plans that will be defined in WP6.
Mr. Jose Manuel Martin: Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with more than 12 years of experience working in Spain, United States, Mexico, Ireland and Germany. Expert in IT consulting for utilities, the building industry, telecommunications and public services with a wide experience as Project Manager in the development and deployment of complex real-time applications, especially for TSOs and DSOs. Also provides account management skills to the projects. He currently holds a Technology Transfer position in the R&D Department in Inycom, where he has been involved in the development of hardware and software control systems for microgrids integrating renewable energy sources and energy storage.
Mr. Ivan Lalaguna: Engineer in Computers Science. He has been working in Inycom R&D Department for more than 7 years. He has been project manager for the last 5 years in the area of renewable energies and scientific development, having led Inycom’s participation in the projects related to Hydrogen technologies. His main area of expertise is the development of open source software for solving technical problems, having worked, for example, in the implementation of optimization algorithms based on the wholesale electricity market rules.
Mr. Sergio Ayuso: Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. He has been working in Inycom R&D Department for more than 3 years. He has been involved in the development of hardware and software control systems, and sensorization in industrial environments. He has previously worked in Elygrid project (grant No.27884) being responsible of the development of the electrolyser’s control system. Additionally, he will work on ELYntegration (Grant No. 671458) starting in September 2015, about alkaline water electrolysis from renewable sources to provide grid services, developing the communication and control system in charge of interacting with the grid operator, integrating renewable sources and operating the electrolyser.
Mr Guillermo Matute: MSc in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2014), MEng (2012) and BEng (2011) in Industrial Engineering and more than 5 years of experience in project management, is technology transfer manager at INYCOM, supervising the advances done in FCH 2 JU projects ELYntegration, ELY4OFF and DEMO4GRID while developing RCS and market assessment related tasks. In 2012, he starts working as project manager assistant at CIRCE Foundation, supervising the developments done in FP7 projects E+ and NEED4B. Between 2014 and 2016 he is head for New Projects department at Aragon Hydrogen Foundation, being in charge of fundraising and involving the organization in EU (FCH 2 JU, LIFE, Interreg POCTEFA) and national (Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras) projects while representing the entity in N.ERGHY (former cross-cutting task force member and vice-chair for external affairs) and other forums and congresses. In November 2016, he joins the R&D department of INYCOM as technology transfer manager in charge of FCH projects. In parallel, he is PhD student at the University of Zaragoza assessing the economic feasibility of the installation of large scale electrolysers to provide grid services in the EU.
Epic power is a Spanish SME devoted to the application of power electronic technologies to energy efficiency and mircrogrids. Our first products have been applied to elevator industry with successful results. In particular we sell industrialized systems to recover and store energy (in batteries and ultracapacitors). Our technologies rely on robust DC/DC and DC/AC converters that guarantee that the bidirectional efficiency is high enough to grant a reasonable ROI in retrieving and returning the energy.
Our technologies are also being applied to several fields (not only elevators) thanks to our state-of-the-art conversion capabilities. We are a spin-off company of the University of Zaragoza and our research roots and constant interaction with other research centres keep us at the most current level. As an example, we have been able to achieve ultra-high efficiency at reasonable costs thanks to our early adoption of Silicon Carbide transistor technology.
On the other hand, we are producers of systems that need to be sold. Therefore, our designs, from early stages take into account the restrictions that would apply: Smooth production, norms and certifications, usability and most relevantly, costs.
Epic Power has been involved in the following projects:
All team members are former members of research group in the University of Zaragoza. Therefore, they have been involved in many other publicly funded research projects, even as PIs.
The main role of Epic Power will be the development of the DC/DC converter with MPPT to couple the ITM Power PEMWE to the FHA PV generation, under the overarching Control system developed by Inycom. In WP2, Epic Power will participate on the definition of relevant RCS of application and it will also establish the most appropriate approach and topology and will develop it under WP4. The challenge is to achieve a safe, efficient and robust operation of the PEMWE and the whole installation. Besides, Epic Power will participate on the development of the DC/DC converters for the battery and FC supporting to the PEMWE (WP4). EP will be also involved in WP6 for development of business plan and exploitation strategies.
Dr. Pilar Molina, CEO. Ph.D in Telecommunications Engineering, University of Zaragoza (Spain), exchange student, Munich Technical University, Advanced Management Programme, IE Business School. Associate Professor, Department of Electronics, University of Zaragoza. Author of several publications and two patents. Held several managerial positions at IEEE, a 400,000 member professional international non-for-profit engineering association. Since its creation in July 2012, Pilar has been managing Epic Power as CEO.
Mr. Rubén Gálvez, Development engineer . Ms.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, University of Zaragoza Before joining Epic Power, Rubén worked as Motor Control Engineer at KELD developing algorithms for synchronous and permanent magnet motors. He also previously occupied several research positions at the University of Zaragoza.
Dr. Estanis Oyarbide, CTO. Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (1998) by Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble, France. Degree in Industrial Engineering, University of Mondragón, Spain. From 1998 to 2002 he was lecturer at the University of Mondragón, Spain and since 2002 professor at the Engineering School at the University of Zaragoza and Chief Technical Officer at Epic Power. Power Electronics Group Research Member. Chief researcher in more than 20 projects in energy conversion, most of them with big companies (Iberdrola, Ingeteam, Renault, CAF, Fagor, Acciona, Orona, Schneider Electric, etc). As a researcher he has been responsible for more than 2M€ in R&D+i projects as well as Author of two patents and several research papers.
Dr. Carlos Bernal Ruiz. Ms.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and later Ph.D Industrial Engineer in 2012 from the University of Zaragoza. He first worked in OMB, a power electronics company for telecommunications. He is now a Professor at the University of Zaragoza as well as a Technical Consultant at Epic Power. Researcher in more than 30 research projects in public and private sectors (BSH, Philips, GM, Motorola, Siemens, etc.). Author of 9 patents, most of them related to efficient converters.
Mr. Luis Ángel Jiménez Alonso. Ms. Sc. n Electronics Engineering, University of Zaragoza. He worked in the telecommunications industry, developing power converters for radio and TV. After that, he joined a research project at the University of Zaragoza for the automotive industry.
CEA (≈ 16 000 employees) is a French government technological research organization. The CEA is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defence and security, information technologies and health technologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers. CEA Liten (Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) is one of most important European research centres on new technologies for energy.
The team joining the project is the Laboratory of techno-economic and Environmental Evaluation and Demonstration of Energy processes (L2ED) within the Biomass and Hydrogen Department of the CEA LITEN. The lab holds a strong expertise on hydrogen production technologies both from technical and economic points of view.
L2ED is currently managing several demonstration projects related to hydrogen production and its integration with renewable energy and the electricity grid. Within these projects, L2ED has developed competencies in characterization, evaluation and modelling of electrolysis systems.
CEA has strong experience in hydrogen technologies and has been involved in numerous research projects related to hydrogen production, storage and usage, for both mobility and stationary applications, at French and European levels.
CEA will offer his expertise in the development of new business models and market potential assessment studies and will support to the development of the WP6. Besides, it will contribute to develop the RCS analysis and proposals in WP2 and WP6. Furthermore, CEA will implement a monitoring plan dedicated to ELY4OFF development activities under WP2.
Mr Cyril Bourasseau is a research engineer at CEA. He has been at CEA since 2010 and has experience in project management, techno-economic assessments, hydrogen production technical evaluation. His main field of expertise is hydrogen production by water electrolysis and integration with renewable energy. Cyril graduated from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, a Process and Materials engineering school. He is currently participating (including leading) in several French and European research projects related to hydrogen and renewable energy. Recent publications include:
Mr Benjamin Guinot is a research engineer who has been working in the CEA since 2010, conducting modelling, simulation and techno-economic assessments. His main field of expertise is in modeling and simulation of energy storage technologies and integration with grid and renewable sources. Benjamin holds a PhD on energy storage systems modeling, simulation and optimization. He is currently contributing to several French and European research projects related to hydrogen and renewable energy. Recent publications include: