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.