Fuel Cell Power Plant Abengoa Starts-Up Pilot Plant for Producing Energy from Hydrogen
The Grasshopper Project is a new generation of power plants based on fuel cells (FCPP: Fuel Cell Power Plant). Abengoa, a participant in the Grasshopper Project has started-up and commissioned a demo plant which aims at producing sustainable energy via fuel cells from hydrogen.
Seville/Spain – Abengoa has successfully completed the start-up, commissioning and Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) of the demonstration plant of the Grasshopper project, in which it participates and whose objective is the production of sustainable energy through the use of fuel cells from hydrogen. The pilot plant has been transported by land. At its final destination, the SAT or Site Acceptance Test will be carried out and, once passed, the demonstration plant will be in operation for five years, serving as a basis for obtaining valuable information for the improvement and industrial development of this type of plant.
The Grasshopper project creates a new generation of fuel cell power plants capable of generating electricity and heat without emissions from hydrogen, with water as the only by-product. In addition to Abengoa Innovation, the project consortium includes INEA -Informatizacija Energetika Avtomatizacija, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology, Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) and Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen Technik (ZBT).
This project has been funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking. It is supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 framework program for research and innovation and by the Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research associations.