2020 - 2021


Project: Hydrogen lab for the modernisation and technological transformation of the city of Barcelona
Funding: Pla Barcelona Ciència- Ajuntament de Barcelona
Project ID: 19S01452-006
IREC Role: Coordinator
Main IREC Group: Nanoionics and Fuel Cells, Marc Torrell

About the project

The main objective of the Hy-BCN project is to design a fully-integrated reversible and highly efficient solid oxide cell system for energy conversion, storage and production based on hydrogen fuel technologies, to demonstrate its potential application in local and sustainable energy use from renewable power sources.

The aim of the project is to build a 1kW system based on a Solid Oxide Electrolyser Cell (SOEC) stack to generate hydrogen using the surplus of local intermittent renewable energy sources and subsequently store it. Similarly, the stored hydrogen will be utilised to generate power by the same system operating as fuel cell achieving a complete energy management cycle.

The project is led by Dr. Marc Torrell, from the Nanoionics and Fuel Cell group at IREC and the consortium also involves IRI-UPC-CSIC and AESA.


Project funded by the Barcelona City Council within the framework of the Pla Barcelona Ciència.