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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The current status of the Haeolus project will be presented at the upcoming European Hydrogen Week, specifically on Thursday 2nd December 2021, 11:40 – 12:00 CET (see agenda). Remember to register for the online event!
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.
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.