Acciona joins a ground-breaking European project to replace fuel-based gensets with a zero emissions solution

The Everywh2ere Project—part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme to ensure the sustainable development and competitiveness of the European economy—will develop gensets using hydrogen fuel cells instead of the traditional fuel-based solutions. This will eliminate the CO2 emissions, noise and fumes produced by existing generator types, leading to hardware that is more environmentally sustainable and can be used in applications where conventional generators are not suitable.

The twelve partners* forming the consortium come from different areas of specialisation (hydrogen supply, engine manufacture, environmental consultancy, and construction), which will generate synergies for the adaptation of the hydrogen engine technology currently used in ships and trucks to applications in construction sites, music festivals, public events in cities, emergency situations, natural disasters and critical buildings (such as hospitals, data centres, etc.).

The five-year project, with a budget of approximately 7 million euros, is aimed at realising 8 plug and play fuel-cell gensets, with different outputs (25 kW and 100 kW), for testing from 2020 onwards at, among others, a number of music festivals, and at construction sites managed by Acciona, such as roads and tunnels, with a view to extrapolating the experience for commercial marketability from 2023.

*The organisations participating in EVERYWH2ERE along with Acciona are: PowerCell d’Appolonia; VTT; Genport SRL; Swiss Hydrogen SA; Mahytec SARL; Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón; Delta1; Parco scientifico e tecnologico per l’ambiente SpA; ICLEI European Secretariat GMBH and Linde Gas. The project received funding from the Horizon 2020 Programme (grant reference 779606).