Areva, Schneider link for storage

France’s Areva and Schneider Electric have signed a strategic partnership deal to develop energy storage systems based on hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Under the terms of this tie-up, which is targeting concepts that will boost the reliability of electrical grids in remote locations, Areva will provide its Greenergy Box technology, with Schneider working as grid integrator.

“This agreement will create a robust commercial partnership for deploying an innovative solution in energy storage,” states Schneider Electric’s executive vice president Frédéric Abbal.

The Greenergy Box, made up of an electrolyser and fuel cell, is designed to store hydrogen and oxygen from water electrolysis during periods low energy demand and flow electricity onto the grid during stretches of peak consumption.

This technology, first launched in 2011, has been used to connect a 560kW PV plant on the Myrte demonstration platform, in Corsica. A second solar project based around the Greenergy Box is set to go live in La Croix Valmer, in the south of France.