Activities related to, and outcomes resulting from ADEL continue beyond the life span of the project. Long-term testing is currently still under way.
European energy dependence is steadily rising with perspectives of reaching 70% of the Union`s energy requirements in the next 20 to 30 years, compared to 50% today. In addition, Europe faces major environmental and climate challenges that demand action. The European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan has identified fuel cells and hydrogen among the key technologies needed to achieve the European climate targets and to meet the long-term vision for 2050 towards decarbonisation.
The collaborative research project ADEL (ADvanced ELectrolyser for Hydrogen Production with Renewable Energy Sources) focused on the development of cost-competitive, energy efficient and sustainable hydrogen production based on renewable energy sources. ADEL was co-funded by the European Commission`s 7th Framework Programme (FP7) via the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU).
The 3-year project brought together highly qualified partners from across Europe and along the entire value chain. R&D institutes and universities, SMEs, and large companies all joined forces to shorten the time to market for this promising new technology.
During this period, ADEL project results were presented each year at the FCH-JU Programme Review Day. A project video “ADEL: application scenario N°1: hydrogen re-fuelling station” was elaborated and projected during the 2nd International ADEL Workshop in Ajaccio in 2013 and sent to FCH-JU for further dissemination.
The ADEL consortium has expressed interest in participating in the Generation IV International Forum - Very High Temperature Reactor system - Hydrogen Production. ADEL will contribute with technical expertise in the area of development of high-temperature electrolysis (HTE) process.