Innovative compression solutions for efficient hydrogen mobility
Welcome to COSMHYC

COSMHYC is a research project, funded for 3 years (2017-2019) by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking of the European Commission.

COSMHYC develops innovative compression solutions for hydrogen refuelling stations. With a budget of 2.5 MEuros, the COSMHYC consortium is seeking significant improvements in the performance of hydrogen compression while reducing related costs. This will contribute to accelerating the market introduction of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

The Vision

With hydrogen from renewable sources fuel cell based mobility is a key component in response to climate change. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles achieve a mobility service at very low emission levels.

Ease, speed and efficiency of refuelling are challenges for the successful adoption of hydrogen in transport. As FCEVs are fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at high pressure, hydrogen compression is an essential step of the refuelling process – and continued cost reductions and efficiency improvements are crucial for the technology’s success.

Objectives and Activities

COSMHYC develops and tests an innovative combined compression solution based on a hybrid concept for hydrogen refuelling stations.

  • Adaptation of a booster, development of an alternative compressor and integration of both technologies.
  • Test of the compression prototype under real conditions
  • Technical economic assessments to ensure competitiveness of the developed compression solution.

The objectives are to lower the costs and the noise level of hydrogen refuelling and to further increase the availability of stations. This will contribute to the efficiency of hydrogen conditioning and delivery.

By developing a new compression technology, COSMHYC addresses the major challenge of assuring an attractive hydrogen fuel price at the pump.

COSMHYC Innovative H2 Compression
Renewable energy
Impacts and benefits

COSMHYC will make an important contribution to the roll-out of FCEVs by increasing the energy efficiency of the compression process by at least 20%. The COSMHYC compressor will meet high flow requirements while reducing the noise level to below 60 dB at 5 m.

COSMHYC will lead to an overall reduction of about 20% of the hydrogen costs at the refuelling station thanks to the triple effect of

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reduction of capital costs
  • Maintenance optimization

The COSMHYC compressor can also be applied in decentralized energy storage, enabling the competitive storage of electricity from renewable sources.

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

The challenges addressed in COSMHYC have been identified by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) which supports developments targeting H2 mobility through the European Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020.

The FCH JU is a public-private partnership supporting research and technological development in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in Europe. The three members of the FCH JU are:

  • the European commission
  • the fuel cell and hydrogen industries, represented by Hydrogen Europe
  • and the research community, represented by research grouping N.ERGHY

FCH JU aims at accelerating the market introduction of hydrogen technologies and thereby contributes to the European targets in cutting CO2 emissions.

It supports energy and transport systems research. The development of innovative hydrogen compressor technologies for small scale decentralized applications for hydrogen refuelling or storage is part of the FCH 2 JU 2016 annual work plan.