Don Quichote

The Don Quichote project aims to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of an integrated hydrogen storage system for renewable electricity linked to a hydrogen refueling facility as an interesting commercial opportunity connecting intermittent renewable electricity to transport applications. The produced hydrogen can be used in several ways for several purposes: balancing the grid by using fuel cells as well as refuelling of logistic applications like material handling equipment.

Objectives of Don Quichote
The focus of Don Quichote is the extensive demonstration of hydrogen production by renewable electricity, compression, storage and end use of hydrogen in e.g. transport applications or as controllable load. By demonstrating the impact on efficiency and costs of the operations of a large logistics centre, the project aims to demonstrate the market readiness of the components needed for storing renewable energy in hydrogen.

The idea of the project is to stepwise replace components of an existing hydrogen refuelling system by innovative and highly efficient components, to integrate renewable energy sources and thereby realizing a renewable energy storage capacity based on hydrogen.

The project involves:

  • Extensive testing of the existing system
  • Development, installation and testing of the new innovative system components (e.g. PEM electrolyser, electrochemical compressor)
  • Development, testing, demonstration and validation of direct coupling of intermittent renewable energy sources (wind turbine and solar panels) to the electrolyser technology
  • Analysis of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and total cost of ownership of the complete system
  • Analysis of regulatory aspects, codes and standards
  • Assessment of feasibility and impact of large scale implementation

Part of thinkstep in the project
thinkstep coordinates work package 5 of the project. The goal of this work package is the calculation and visualization of the environmental impacts of the Don Quichote system by applying the methodology of LCA as well as the analyses of the total cost of ownership. Furthermore, the work package includes the monitoring of data for the complete system.
Additionally, thinkstep takes part in work package 6, the assessment of the feasibility and impacts of large scale implementation.

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