A new research project will demonstrate how software integrated with hydrogen hardware can make intelligent, data-driven asset management decisions in real time and optimise renewable energy integration into the UK electricity grid.
H2GO Power, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Imperial College London have joined forces on the project that will couple artificial intelligence (AI) software with hydrogen technology.
Trailing the system using energy data supplied by EMEC from its hydrogen production plant in Orkney, the AI platform acts an energy management system, integrating data about weather, electricity prices and grid management.
The platform then translates this information using AI predictive algorithms to optimise the operation of the storage systems by predicting future power cost and user demands.
Commenting on the project, Dr. Enass Abo-Hamed, Founder and CEO of H2GO Power said, “This is a natural extension for our unique technology capabilities and ever-growing ambition to demonstrate to the market the importance and place of new technologies to solve pressing problems like hydrogen storage where conventional methodologies have proven problematic.”
“HyAI brings us a step closer to delivering clean and sustainable energy with high degree of control, automation, intelligence and increased profitability for commercial hydrogen projects. This trial demonstrates an innovative solution for the future of green hydrogen and its multiple commercial applications with intelligence.”
“With safety at the forefront of our decision-making process, our platform enables scalable, clean energy storage that creates significant cost savings and efficiency improvements relative to existing alternatives.”
Building on the project, the next steps will facilitate a commercial demonstration of H2GO Power’s AI software platform and power to power hydrogen storage technology. To this end, H2GO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EMEC to install and integrate the technology at EMEC’s test site in Orkney in the future.
The collaboration will pilot the first energy storage unit that stores renewable energy on demand as an unpressurised solid-state-hydrogen, coupled with the AI software platform.
Rob Flynn, Commercial Manager at EMEC, said, “Renewable electricity generation far exceeds electricity demand in Orkney every year, creating a real opportunity to make use of low marginal cost excess power. This makes Orkney a snapshot of the energy system of the future, and therefore an ideal place to plug and play the technologies of the future.”
“H2GO Power’s hydrogen storage technology will allow us to time-shift electricity production and generate power when it makes the most economic sense, as well as enable deep decarbonisation of the electricity grid.”
“In HyAI, we are feeding in real world data from our green hydrogen facilities to support the development of the technology. The results of the HyAI project are very encouraging thus far, and via our MOU with H2GO Power, will look forward to trailing a prototype in Orkney in the near future.”