Smart Energy Hub Using Hydrogen, Developed by CEA and Sylfen Wins Innovation of the Year EARTO Award

By October 22, 2019 3   min read  (506 words)

October 22, 2019 |

EARTO Innovation Awards CEA Smart Hub

On 8 October 2019 in Brussels, during the award ceremony of the EARTO award for the best innovations of the year, the Smart Energy Hub with rSOC technology (CEA / Sylfen) received the first prize in the category ” Expected impact “. The potential global market for Smart Energy Hub type local storage solutions is estimated at € 10 billion in 2020

The Smart Energy Hub is a hybrid energy storage and cogeneration system using hydrogen. It is designed by the startup Sylfen, using CEA’s electrolyser / reversible solid oxide fuel cell technology. It allows, locally in a building, to store in the form of gas surplus electricity production, which offers an alternative to the injection on the network (for example when the building is equipped with photovoltaic panels). This local system can store enough energy to cover the majority of the building’s needs through the provision of electricity and heat in cogeneration mode, resulting in a significant reduction in its overall consumption. Thus, tests have shown that it is possible to reduce CO 2 emissions from 26 to 75% depending on the typologies of buildings and countries while decreasing the energy bills.

Smart Energy Hub EARTO Award

Award ceremony EARTO 2019: (from left to right): Antti Vasara, (President of EARTO and CEO of VTT), Matthias Petschke (Director of Navigation Satellite and Navigation Systems of the EU, DG GROW, European Commission ), Julie Mougin (Hydrogen Technologies Laboratory Head, CEA), Nicolas Bardi (Co-founder and President of Sylfen) © EARTO


On 8 October 2019 in Brussels, during the award ceremony of the EARTO Award, which recognizes the best innovations of the year, the Smart Energy Hub with rSOC technology received the first prize in the “Expected impact” category. The potential global market for Smart Energy Hub type local storage solutions is estimated at € 10 billion in 2020.

Smart Energy Hub SYLFEN

The rSOC technology developed at CEA is part of the Smart Energy Hub (a hybrid energy storage and cogeneration system using the hydrogen vector) designed by the startup Sylfen. © Sylfen


About Sylfen

Sylfen is a young company that since 2015 has been developing integrated solutions for energy storage and cogeneration energy production, aimed at buildings and eco-neighborhoods wishing to cover their needs with confidence from local energy sources and renewable.

About the EARTO Awards

RTOs (Research and Technology Organizations) are technological research organizations that produce innovations for the benefit of society. They are often at the interface of industry and academic research to push the level of TRL (Technology Readiness Level) to the best level to allow manufacturers to offer new products and services, useful and economical. The CEA in France, as well as the network of Fraunhofer institutes in Germany, are considered as RTO and, as such, are members of the European Association of RTO (EARTO).
The EARTO Awards, created in 2009, illustrate the concrete contribution of RTOs to innovation. The two categories, “Delivered Impact” and “Expected Impact”, highlight the different areas of activity of RTOs. The best innovations are rewarded each year by an independent jury that evaluates proposals and selects projects.
For more information on the EARTO Awards


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