A self-sufficient housing estate powered by hydrogen

In the small Swedish town of Vårgårda, TESVOLT is supporting an ambitious pilot project — a self-sufficient municipal housing development powered entirely by hydrogen.

It will contain a total of 172 homes across six housing blocks. In the summer, surplus electricity from the on-site photovoltaic system will be used to generate hydrogen in an electrolyzer. In the winter, a 5-kW fuel cell will then convert this hydrogen back into electrical energy.

But the fuel cell will only be able to cover the community’s base load, and so the local microgrid will also include a TS 48 V installed in each block. This storage system will cover higher peak loads and enable the use of solar power during summer nights.



Characteristics

Storage System TS 48 V
Capacity / Power 187 kWh / 54 kW
System Off-grid
Inverter Manager SMA Sunny Island
Industry Municipally owned real estate
Application Peak load shaving - increase self-consumption
Special features Microgrid with hydrogen cycle
Country/Region Vårgårda, Schweden
Installer Nilsson Energy AB

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