MAS S.A.: participates in FLEXnCONFU European project which aims to develop power generation with non-conventional fuels (hydrogen and ammonia)

Europe keeps innovating and evolving. European ambition of a net zero society has never been more relevant than it is these days. An important part of the electricity used in Europe is already being produced by renewable energy sources, but hidden challenges like intermittency, seasonality and reduced energy security are arising.

FLEXnCONFU’s answer to these problems is to FLEXibilize fossil fuel current power plants and make them the perfect back-up option to compensate intermittent renewable energy sources, reducing emissions.

FLEXnCONFUFLEXibilize combined cycle power plant through Power-to-X solutions using non-CONventional FUels

When the power plants produce more electricity than we need, FLEXnCONFU uses this extra power to produce carbon free fuels that can be stored in the form of hydrogen and ammonia. Based on the grid request, the stored hydrogen or ammonia are then used in the same power plant to generate stable and reliable carbon free energy, compensating for fluctuations & intermittency.

To make it happen Flexibility, Carbon Free Fuels, Storage Capability and also Advanced control strategies are required.

21 partners form all over Europe are working together to optimize Power to X (P2X) solutions that will enable the implementation of a secure renewable-based energy system of the future.

MAS S.A. is a proud partner of this innovative project, developing the control and supervisory system for the P2H (Power to Hydrogen) to be installed at EDP power plant in Ribatejo, Portugal and for the P2A (Power to Ammonia) demo to be installed at UNIGE lab in Savona, Italy.

P2H and P2A control systems development by MAS SA includes activities relevant with the design, building, component integration, initial testing and operation optimization, identifying the best parameters. The algorithms and the logic of the control system will be integrated in the hardware of the system, comprising of industrial type programable logic controllers.

For monitoring and operation purposes, a fully capable HMI (Human Machine Interface) system will be also delivered by MAS S.A.. The HMI system will allow the operator to have an overall supervision of the process and to give high-level commands, such as process start, stop and operation setpoints.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No 884157