Smart Energy Hub: hybrid energy storage solution for self-sufficient and carbon-free energy buildings.
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Smart Energy Hub
Hybrid energy storage solution for self-sufficiency and carbon-free energy buildings and eco-districts
The Smart Energy Hub is a fully-integrated system which combines two energy storage technologies: batteries for their fast switching capabilities, and hydrogen for storing large quantities at lower costs. To bridge these two technologies, SYLFEN is developing a proprietary disruptive technology: a rSOC energy processor, capable of operating in a reversible manner, either as an electrolyser to store energy in the form of hydrogen, and as a fuel cell to consume hydrogen or (bio-)methane to provide back electricity and heat. Due to high operating temperatures, cold can be produced thanks to an absorption chiller to cover cooling needs. These hubs ensure or reinforce energy independence and flexibility in large buildings. They allow both (i) covering electricity and heating needs and (ii) storing excess energy generated by solar panels for several days or weeks, while adapting to the arbitration rules set by users. The Smart Energy Hub developed by SYLFEN will bring to the targeted users the following advantages: - the reduction and control of energy costs, particularly in areas where electricity rates show strong daily and seasonal fluctuations or where there is a high risk of increase, such as in Germany or Italy; - the securing of electricity supply in areas where the electrical network is insufficient – there are many of these, even in developed countries (North America for instance); - the adoption of an energy profile in compliance with future standards, with less risk of seeing building value depreciate over the long term; - a positive image, especially for emblematic buildings, both for private players who communicate on social and environmental responsibility and for public players who highlight sustainable development. The Smart Energy Hub developed by SYLFEN will allow the customers to substantially decrease their dependency on the electric grid and allow them to increase the energy savings. To precisely dimension and design the Smart Energy Hub and its piloting strategies, SYLFEN has developed a comprehensive methodology based on simulations, capable of measuring the impact of production and storage technologies to answer the user’s needs (both in terms of electricity and thermal comfort). This methodology establishes what would be the GHG emissions of buildings and what savings would bring these new energies coupled with storage. This is done through proprietary algorithms, capable of confronting complex data and crossing their influence on each other’s to reach the project’s objectives. Our methodology is iterative, with exchanges with customers, and lead to the best scenario with its optimal technology configuration for energy management.