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On 8 October 2019, during the EARTO Innovation Awards in Brussels to recognise the best innovations of the year, the Smart Energy Hub and its rSOC technology (CEA/Sylfen) received first prize in the “Impact Expected” category. The potential global market for local storage solutions like the Smart Energy Hub, is estimated at €10 billion in 2020.
The Smart Energy Hub is a hybrid energy storage and co-generation system using a hydrogen vector. It was designed by the startup Sylfen, using rSOC (reversible Solid Oxide Cells) technology developed by the CEA. It is used for the local storage in gas form of surplus energy generated, as an alternative to injecting it into the network (e.g. for a building fitted with solar panels). This local system can store enough energy to cover most of the building’s needs by supplying electricity and heat in co-generation mode, thereby significantly reducing its total consumption. Tests have shown that it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 26% to 75% depending on the type of building and country, while also reducing energy bills.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.