European project COSMHYC

Innovative compression solutions for efficient hydrogen mobility

Hydrogen mobility is part of the solution to support climate protection alongside with battery electric vehicles, especially if Hydrogen is produced carbon-free e.g. from renewable electricity in a water electrolyser. Due to its low density, hydrogen has to be stored onboard at pressures up to 70 MPA (700 bar). This requires a compression system in the refueling station. Current compressor technologies are too expensive and consume electricity which reduces the efficiency of hydrogen mobility.

The project COSMHYC will make the needed breakthrough; 5 European industrial and research institutions aim at developing an innovative concept for improving hydrogen compression. The objectives are to lower investments and operational costs, to address the noise level related to the mechanical processor, to increase the availability of stations and, more globally to propose solutions to increase the efficiency of hydrogen production and delivery. A prototype will be developed, built and tested under real conditions. At each stage, technical economic assessment will provide inputs to ensure that the developed technology will contribute to make hydrogen a competitive fuel for transport applications.

Five partners gather their expertise covering the whole value chain from development to industrial implementation in the field of hydrogen refueling stations. Two industrial partners will work in close collaboration with researchers, experts of hydrogen technologies and specialists of innovation management.

COSMHYC with an overall budget of 2.5 M€ is funded by the European Commission in the scope of its Fuel Cell and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking and public private partnership FCH 2 JU, which is part of Horizon 2020. It is coordinated by the European Institute For Energy Research (EIFER) Karlsruhe, in cooperation with four partners. Steinbeis 2i GmbH supports the project management and implements the project communication activities, including the dissemination and exploitation of results.

Project duration: 01/2017 – 12/2019

Participant countries: Denmark, France, Germany

Portrait Marie-Eve Reinert
Dr. Marie-Eve Reinert