Sylfen, a startup from CEA-Liten is awarded the EDF Pulse's Jury Prize
Topics : Conversion - Storage
The Sylfen startup, which develops energy production and storage integrated solutions for buildings and eco-neighborhood, was the Jury Prize winner of the EDF Pulse constest.
On the 5th of December was held at Lyon a contest organized by EDF Pulse. The Lancey Energy Storage company, located at Meylan near Grenoble, was awarded the first prize for its innovative integrated battery electric heater.
The Sylfen startup, which develops energy production and storage integrated solutions for buildings and eco-neighborhood, was the Jury Prize winner of this contest. This award highlights the growing interest of major energy-producing companies for long-term energy storage innovations.
Smart energy hub for ecodistricts and energy-plus buildings.
Sylfen offers competitive and flexible energy solutions. The startup's Smart Energy Hub can either produce gas or electricity and heat depending on user needs and utility rates.
Sylfen's Smart Energy Hub, protected by some 20 patents, is a result of ten years of R&D work at CEA-Liten (a member of the "Energies du futur" Carnot Institute). The smart energy hub consists of a high-temperature (700°C-800°C) electrolyzer that is reversible and, therefore, can be used as a fuel cell. In electrolyzer mode, the equipment converts electricity into hydrogen. In fuel cell mode, it produces electricity and heat. The process boasts unbeatable yields.
Available in several versions, starting at several dozen kilowatts, the technology is particularly well suited to the energy-production needs of energy-plus buildings and ecodistricts. Users can choose the desired mode for their usage, from energy storage and fueling hydrogen vehicles to recharging batteries and providing heating - and more.
To support the development of distributed intermittent energy production and to adapt to energy price fluctuations, Sylfen has developed operations and management software for use with its equipment. The Smart Energy Hub gives users the energy they need when they need it.
(Extract from Liten Annual Report 2015)