The fossil fuels-based global electricity production inevitably accounts for the significant and continuous rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and depletion of carbon-based energy resources. Partial replacement of fossil fuels as well as utilization of CO2, have both become important global issues as well as prime research targets. In response to this tendency, hydrogen seems to be the key energy carrier for a sustainable energy system, while water electrolysis powered by RES has been identified as a key neutral-carbon-footprint route for this achievement.
The 4-years duration research project “SElySOs: Development of new electrode materials & understanding of degradation mechanisms on Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells” awarded with a 2.9M€ fund from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme), targets the advancing of Solid Oxide Electrolysis technology for cost effective hydrogen production via water electrolysis, as well as syngas production via CO2 and water co-electrolysis in the same device. CPERI/CERTH contributes to this effort as member of the 7-partner consortium, with the aim to bring step change improvements over the technology and create added value for the energy market.