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Close Indo-Danish Collaboration for Next-Generation Power to X Converter

The future of sustainable energy is here! The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), Aalborg University, and the University of Southern Denmark have joined forces in a groundbreaking partnership with industrial giants like Danfoss Drives. Together, they're driving the 'Efficient Cost-saving Grid Friendly Power to X Converter' (ECoGrif) project, revolutionising the hydrogen economy.

By Sune Holst, , 10/15/2023

Efficient and grid-friendly power electronic converters are at the heart of cost-effective and sustainable hydrogen production. Hydrogen is a key player in decarbonising transportation, industry, and energy sectors. These converters boost energy efficiency, integrate seamlessly with the grid, and make hydrogen economically competitive, paving the way for a greener future.

"It's essential to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all," says Associate Professor from the Centre of Industrial Electronics (CIE) in Sønderborg, Ramkrishan Maheshwari.

Ramkrishan Maheshwari is part of the project' Efficient Cost-saving Grid Friendly Power to X Converter' (ECoGrif). The project aims to demonstrate the cost-saving, efficient and grid-friendly power supply for electrolysers, which will support the need for critical infrastructure for future PtX applications.

Hydrogen is vital in the transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon energy system. It can be produced using renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, which are inherently intermittent. Efficient PECs can help manage the variability of these energy sources, ensuring consistent hydrogen production. This is vital for reducing carbon emissions in the transportation, industry, and energy sectors.

Collaboration with international partners is a critical aspect.

The ECOGrif project is an essential component of the Indo-Danish Green Strategic Partnership (INDEP), a collaboration between India and Denmark's governments to promote sustainable energy development and address climate change. It was established in 2018 and focuses on four main areas: offshore wind, energy modelling, integration of renewable energy, and energy efficiency in buildings.

Prof. Thomas Ebel, Head of Centre of Industrial Electronics (CIE), SDU Sønderborg, says the international collaboration enhances the project's potential for success.

"Projects are typically very complex. It is not possible to find the best solution alone. That is why it is required to work as a global community. This project allows us to work together to meet the world's needs. I know these are some general statements, but they apply very well in this situation and increase the chances of success."

The project was initiated in February 2023 and runs for three years.

Editing was completed: 15.10.2023