Welcome to the HyCARE Project

The HyCARE - Hydrogen CArrier for Renewable Energy Storage - Project is a H2020 EU project supported by Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking - FCH JU

The project started January 2019 and will finish Decembre 2021. This site allows you to contact us and ask for further information.

The main objective of the HyCARE project is the development of a prototype hydrogen storage tank with use of a solid-state hydrogen carrier on large scale. The tank will be based on an innovative concept, joining hydrogen and heat storage, in order to improve energy efficiency of the whole system. The developed tank will be installed in the site of ENGIE LAB CRIGEN, which is a research and operational expertise center dedicated to gas, new energy sources and emerging technologies. The center and its 350 staff are located at Plaine Saint-Denis and Alfortville in the Paris Region (F). In particular, the solid-state hydrogen tank will be installed in a Living Lab aimed to develop and explore innovative energy storage solutions. The developed tank will be joined with a PEM electrolyzer as hydrogen provider and a PEM fuel cell as hydrogen user.

The following goals are planned in HyCARE:

- High quantity of stored hydrogen > 50 kg

- Low pressure < 50 bar and low temperature < 100°C

- Low foot print, comparable to liquid hydrogen storage

- Innovative design

- Hydrogen storage coupled with thermal energy storage

- Improved energy efficiency

- Integration with an electrolyser (EL) and a fuel cell (FC)

- Demonstration in real application

- Improved safety

- Techno-economical evaluation of the innovative solution

- Analysis of the environmental impact via Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

- Exploitation of possible industrial applications

- Dissemination of results at various levels

- Engagement of local people and institution in the demonstration site

List of participants*



Participant organisation name

Key personnel



1. UNITO (Coord.)

University of Turin

M. Baricco

Deputy Rector at the University of Turin. Expert in synthesis, characterisation and modelling of hydrogen storage materials, LCA. Experience in project management.




H. Pierre

Business developer at ENGIE Lab CRIGEN. Expert in innovation in hydrogen and gas system.


3. GKN

GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH

N. Bornemann

Global Vice President Advanced Technology at GKN. Expert on developments in hydrogen storage systems and electrification.


4. TD

Tecnodelta srl

C. Luetto

CEO of Tecnodelta. Expert in heat and hydrogen storage systems. Experience in project and management of chemical plants.


5. STH

Stühff GmbH

H. Stühff

CEO of  Stühff. Expert in gas system project and management. Experience in hydrogen tanks development.


6. FBK

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

L. Crema

Head of ARES Unit at FBK. Expert in domains of energy, environmental sciences and engineering. Developer of technologies applied to energy multi-generation and storage.  Experience in project management.


7. HZG

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH

M. Dornheim

Head of Nanotechnology Department at HZG. Expert in synthesis and characterisation of metal hydrides, hydrogen storage tank modelling and system simulation, tank testing.  Experience in project management.



CNRS – Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris Est

M. Latroche

Directeur de Recherche at ICMPE - CNRS. Expert in synthesis and characterizations of metal-hydrogen systems.  Experience in project management.


9. IFE

Institutt for Energiteknikk

B. Hauback

Head of Department for Neutron materials characterization at IFE. Expert in materials for storage of hydrogen, crystallography and neutron and X-ray diffraction.  Experience in project management.



*Environment Park s.p.a (ENVI) will act as third party of UNITO.


Hydrogen CArrier for Renewable Energy Storage 


Kick-off Meeting,

January 28th-29th, 2019