With the help of a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Germany’s GKN Hydrogen Corp. and Southern California Gas Co. are partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to build an innovative hydrogen storage subsystem at NREL’s Flatirons campus.
GKN Hydrogen’s storage solution, known as HY2MEGA, “can enable safe, long-term clean energy storage without the need for compression,” according to a company press release. “At scale, this combined technology could provide resilient power in the event of widespread outages. It also highlights the technologies needed to achieve carbon neutrality and accelerate clean fuel initiatives.
The new system will connect to an electrolyser and a fuel cell at NREL’s Advanced Integrated Energy Systems Research (ARIES) facility. This fuel cell will “then convert the green hydrogen to produce renewable electricity,” the statement said. “The two HY2MEGAs will add an additional 500 kg of hydrogen storage to the site.”
The three-year project is expected to begin at the end of this year.
“This project is exactly what the ARIES platform was designed to do: demonstrate the benefits of a new technology that efficiently stores energy produced from renewable electricity,” said Katherine Hurst, group leader and researcher at NREL. , in the press release. “It brings together a national lab, a clean energy technology developer and a large utility to work on solutions that help decarbonize the power grid. We look forward to working with GKN Hydrogen and SoCalGas to advance this technology. »
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