Description:  McPhy Energy, masters of the hydrogen value chain in order to give a solution to the challenges of the energy transition Established in 2008 in La Motte Fanjas (France), McPhy Energy is a leading developer of hydrogen-based solutions for industry and energy markets. The company draws on its exclusive technique for storing hydrogen in solid form and its years of experience in producing hydrogen through water electrolysis to design and manufacture flexible production, storage and distribution equipment. INGRID & McPhy Energy, a vision of the importance of a solid state storage The INGRID demonstrator places the hydrogen solid state storage as the heart of the project. The goal is to transform renewable energy surplus in hydrogen that is stored in solid state disks (Magnesium hydrides). The interest of the McPhy Energy collaboration is doubled. It is in part to give support on the long expertise of the solid state technology to establish the feasibility “at large scale” (solid state storage of around 1 ton); but also to demonstrate the economical relevance of the business model generated. The three pillars of the McPhy Energy Solution The company contributes to the demonstration platform deployment through the implementation of

  • McStore storages: five blocks, presenting each one a hydrogen storage capacity of 150 kg, containing the McPhy Energy disks; the blocks are transportable and once filled will be transported to the final user;
  • McPhy H2 loading station: two filling stations are installed on the INGRID site; they allow to fill the McStore blocks with the hydrogen produced by the on-site electrolysis unit;
  • McPhy H2 unloading station: installed on the final customer’s site, this unit allows the application of the blocks in order to release the stored hydrogen and use it for new energetic applications.

The collaboration of McPhy Energy for the INGRID demonstrator allows to validate the positioning of hydrogen as the key energy vector, value creator.



Description:  Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico, 70 years of history in research

Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico - RSE SpA (, established as a separate company from CESI in 2006, is a joint stock company, whose unique shareholder is GSE SpA. It develops research in electro-energy sector, with particular focus to the strategic national projects of general public interest, financed by the “Fondo per la Ricerca di Sistema” (System Research Fund) of the Italian Economic Development Ministry.

RSE, thanks to the experience of its researchers and national and international scientific relations, carries out research on the entire energy supply chain in an applications and experimental view, ensuring the consistent continuation of research in progress and the development of new initiatives, both organically and in response to external and market demands.

RSE’s role in the INGRID Project
In the INGRID Project, RSE contributes to explore new ways to increase the role of renewable energy resources (RES) in the energy system, based on new technologies adopting the hydrogen vector. Main contributions in the project are related to: analysis on electricity distribution networks and methodologies for integrating RES based generation; development of the Energy Management System (EMS) of the INGRID pilot (forecasting, monitoring, and security modules especially), and analysis of field data to evaluate results in both the “open” and in the “closed” loop.



Description:  One of the most important meeting in Europe on hydrogen has been recently held in Naples last December, from 15th to 18th. The 6th edition of the “European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference” was a great opportunity to face the cutting edge of hydrogen and fuel cells, in order to discuss about short, medium and long-term visions on R&D, as well as on market opportunities, global policies and future energy scenarios.

More than 300 scientists and technicians from all over the world had the possibility to interact amongst them and with prominent academics, researchers, students, politicians and entrepreneurs in the field of fuel cells. The event stated one important remark: hydrogen can be one of the most relevant fuel option in next years, with an increasing wide adoption between 2020 and 2030. During the conference, the General Assembly officially proposed to Italian Environment Ministry a strategy plan to afford 25 hydrogen re-fuelling stations by 2021, up to 100 by 2025. Moreover, a possible business model was proposed with private-public partnership schemes. The run for the hydrogen economy is already begun.

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INGRID Project at the IRES conference to be held in Düsseldorf (Germany) on 17th March 2016

Description: TECNALIA will present the INGRID project in the 10th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES 2016) in Düsseldorf (Germany) on 17th March 2016. The title of the paper is “INGRID Project: High‐capacity Hydrogen‐Based Green‐Energy Storage Solutions for Grid Balancing”.
Target audience: Industry, professionals, academia, institutions
Date: 17th March 2016
Location: Düsseldorf (Germany)

INGRID project is in the DOE Global Energy Storage Database 

Description: INGRID project is in the DOE Global Energy Storage Database (US Department of Energy) that provides free, up-to-date information on grid-connected energy storage projects and relevant state and federal policies.

INGRID - High-capacity hydrogen-based green-energy storage solutions for grid balancing
Work partially supported by European Community under the ENERGY programme of the 7th FP for RTD - project INGRID, contract 296012. The Author is solely responsible for the content of this paper. It does not represent the opinion of the European Community, and the European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of data appearing therein.

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