SPANISH HYDROGEN ASSOCIATION
CENTRO NACIONAL DEL HIDRÓGENO
The Spanish National Hydrogen Centre (CNH2) is a National Research Centre devoted to the research and development of hydrogen technologies covering the whole cycle: hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, and purification, and hydrogen conversion into energy using fuel cells. The CNH2 is also devoted to testing processes, characterization, standardization, certification, or validation of technological developments achieved by the productive sector to improve the competitiveness of enterprises and to promote the implementation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. For carrying out the daily activities, the CNH2 has 13 laboratories and 5 auxiliary facilities; it is important to highlight that CNH2’s laboratories are focused on all areas related to H2 and fuel cells: Electrolysis, H2 storage, PEM and SOFC, Power Electrics, Micro-grids, Simulation, Materials Characterization, FABLAB, Testing, Vehicles and a Hydrogen Refilling Station (350 bar/700bar). The CNH2 has also support facilities such as a Prototype Fabrication Facility, an Energy Efficient Building Demonstrator, an EV Charging point for small vehicles, and a Solar photovoltaic plant (100kW). CNH2’s laboratories and facilities allow development and scale-up processes as well as testing and validating prototypes and equipment.
Main lines of business of the entity
- Since 2008, the CNH2 has been involved in more than 45 R&D projects related to the complete hydrogen and fuel cells value chain, taking part as partner or project coordinator.
- On the other hand, the CNH2 carries out other types of projects intended to develop new technologies or processes, and/or to transfer technology to the industry that covers the whole hydrogen value chain and applications (both stationary and mobility). These are developed on the basis of private and internal funds.