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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: HyBalance project in Denmark turns wind power to hydrogen (11.04.2018)

One of Europe’s most advanced hydrogen facilities has been built in Hobro, Denmark, as part of the innovative project HyBalance.

HyBalance demonstrates the use of renewable hydrogen in energy systems. The project is one of several initiatives to help transform energy systems from fossil dependency to relying on renewable and local energy sources by utilising the potential of hydrogen.

The hydrogen is produced from water electrolysis, enabling the storage of renewable electricity from wind turbines.

The production of green hydrogen based on wind power is a well-known and proven technology but the HyBalance project implements advanced key technologies. It not only validates highly dynamic PEM electrolysis technology and innovative hydrogen delivery but also demonstrates these in a real industrial environment by applying the latest high-pressure hydrogen production.

The HyBalance process helps to balance the grid, and the renewable hydrogen will be used in the transport sector and for industrial purposes.

The HyBalance project is a technology showcase for sustainable development pathways in Europe. For this reason, it receives both European and Danish support, through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the Danish ForskEL program. Denmark has been chosen as the location for the project as it is a leading country within integration of renewables into the energy system. Denmark also has one of the most ambitious energy strategies in Europe targeting to become fossil energy independent in 2050 by substituting these with a mix of renewable energy sources.

Denmark is also the first country to have a national network of hydrogen refuelling stations, and the HyBalance project will thus assess the market for hydrogen mobility in Denmark, including cars, buses and fork-lift trucks.

The partners in the HyBalance project are: Air Liquide, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network (CHN), Hydrogenics, Neas Energy, Hydrogen Valley/CEMTEC and Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST). Air Liquide is the main investor and project leader of the HyBalance project.

For more detailed information about the HyBalance project, please visit the website: www.hybalance.eu