Hydrogen can be converted into electricity and heating using conventional systems based on combustion or fuel cell systems. The fuel cells powered with hydrogen are very efficient and "clean" electrochemical energy converters that can be adapted to a wide range of uses, such as cogeneration, vehicle propulsion and devices with low energy consumption.
At RSE, small stacks of fuel cells and complete cogeneration systems of various types are characterized. In particular, for years, work has been carried out on the characterization of molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC) and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEM). Activities in the field of systems in high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (HTPEM) fueled with biogas and laboratory tests of solid oxide fuel cell systems (SOFC) have also been planned.