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Haeolus in a nutshell

The Project in Brief

Haeolus is a EU project that proposes a new-generation electrolyser integrated within a state-of-the-art wind farm in a remote area with access to a weak power grid.
Haeolus will demonstrate multiple control systems, to answer the specific challenges of the three main modes of operation identified by the International Energy Agency:

  • Electricity storage
  • Mini-grid
  • Fuel production

For each of these modes, new operating strategies will be developed, optimizing operation concerning uncertain weather and power-price forecastsbut also constraints of the specific operating mode.
In addition, Haeolus’ demonstration shall be completely remotely controlled and monitored, due to the remoteness of the selected location and its difficult accessibility in winter; this is a characteristic of many wind farms.

The Objectives

More Wind Power

More Wind Power

Haeolus shall demonstrate several control strategies allowing wind-hydrogen integration, reducing the unpredictability of power produced by a wind farm, and thereby enabling much higher rates of renewable energy penetration in the European grid.

Use Cases

Use Cases

Haeolus will develop and test control strategies for each mode of operation for wind-hydrogen systems: energy storage, mini-grid and fuel production. The results will be relevant to many wind farms across Europe and worldwide.

2,5 MW Electrolyser

2,5 MW Electrolyser

Haeolus will demonstrate for the first time a 2,5 MW PEM electrolyser with a single-cell stack: a unique PEM cell stack, developed by Hydrogenics, will contain up to 420 cells. We will analyse the data from this electrolyser and benchmark against the results from other EU projects.

Remote Operation

Remote Operation

Very often, wind parks are in inaccessible regions—as is the case for our site of Raggovidda, Norway. Haeolus will demonstrate the ability to run a wind-hydrogen system in a remotely controlled setup, with only occasional on-site maintenance.

Dissemination

Dissemination

Haeolus will deliver public reports with analyses of business-case, techno-economical factors, environmental impact, impact on the European energy system, and a technology roadmap towards the MAWP 2013 targets.

"The best way to predict the future is to create it"

ALAN KAY

In the News

Livestream Goes Live!

The Haeolus data platform has now been made available for the public. During operation, it will be possible to monitor critical parameters of our units as they adapt to the actual wind production according to our control algorithms.

For now, the page is fairly quiet, but will be more lively when long-term tests will start. See our Livestream page for how to log in to the server.

Summer School 2022

On 7th-10th of June, EU projects Haeolus and VirtualFCS will organise a common summer school, mainly targeted at PhD students, in Belfort, France. In presence, finally!

This year, the focus will be on modelling, diagnostics and prognostics of electrochemical hybrid systems, including fuel cells and batteries.

Save the dates, follow the link and stay tuned for the programme!

The light is back!

After the polar night, the sun has returned to Berlevåg, and our plant, finally completed after two years of Covid disruption, enjoys its first moments basking in the new year’s sunshine!

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Protocols for demonstration of fuel-production strategy

Tecnalia propose a deliverable that defines the suite of test protocols that will be used to assess the demonstration performance of the HAELOLUS system when configured for operations in the fuel-production use case. Fuel-production use case covers the option of the combination of the wind-hydrogen systems that maximise the
production of hydrogen by the electrolyser feed by the energy coming from the wind farm. These protocols shall ensure that all relevant aspects of that control algorithms shall be tested during demonstration.

Control system for fuel-production use case

Colleagues from UniSannio contributed to a new public deliverable for the HAEOLUS project.

In this report a Model Predictive Control approach is designed.
In the fuel-production control algorithm, hydrogen production objectives are two-fold: to deliver hydrogen as a fuel to (road) vehicles and to provide a demand and generation management solution for energy supply modulation. The priority comes first with the first objective, and then any excess of stored hydrogen will be re-electrified through fuel cell in meeting electrical references.

Feel free to download it!

Haeolus’ Second Summer School

The second summer school for undergraduate and graduate students, out of three to be held by the Haeolus project, was held online on 30 June and 1 July 2021. The presentations are included below.

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"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills"

Old Chinese proverb

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