French consortium develops hybrid storage and co-generation system. The Smart Energy Hub can operate in electrolysis mode to store renewable energy as hydrogen, or in fuel cell mode to produce electricity and heat from previously produced hydrogen or methane. Its developers are the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and start-up Sylfen. Designed by start-up Sylfen, the Smart Energy Hub makes it possible to store the surplus electricity produced by, for example, a solar rooftop as hydrogen gas and then to release the stored energy in the form of electricity as well as co-generation – which sees the heat produced by the gas harnessed for space heating. The innovation of the system lies in the reversibility of the energy processor.
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