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HYDROGEN MEETING FUTURE NEEDS OF LOW CARBON MANUFACTURING VALUE CHAINS

Objective

Under the coordination of VERBUND, VOESTALPINE, a steel manufacturer, and SIEMENS, a PEM electrolyser manufacturer, propose a 26 month demonstration of the 6MW electrolysis power plant installed at the VOESTALPINE LINZ plant (Austria). After pilot plant commissioning, the electrolyser is prequalified with the support of APG, the transmission operator of Austria, in order to provide grid-balancing services such as primary, secondary or tertiary reserves while utilising the commercial pools of VERBUND. The demonstration is split into five pilot tests and the quasi-commercial operation to show that the PEM electrolyser is able both to use timely power price opportunities (in order to provide affordable hydrogen for current uses of the steel making processes), and to attract extra revenues from grid services which improves the hydrogen price attractiveness from a two-carrier utility like VERBUND. Replicability of the experimental results at larger scales in EU28 for the steel industry (with inputs from TSOs in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) is studied under the coordination of ECN. It involves a technical, economic and environmental assessment of the experimental results using the CertifHY tools. The roll out of each result is provided by ECN, together with policy and regulatory recommendations to accelerate the deployment in the steel and fertilizer industry, with low CO2 hydrogen streams provided also by electrolysing units using renewable electricity. The plausibility of this roadmap is reinforced at the on-start of the demonstration by the creation of an exploitation company involving the core industrial partners, which starts commercial operations of the Linz pilot plant right after the end of the demonstration. Dissemination targeting the European stakeholders of the electricity, steel and fertilizer value chain nourishes the preparation of the practical implementation of the results in the 10 years following the demonstration’s end.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

VERBUND ENERGY4BUSINESS GMBH
Address
Am Hof 6A
1010 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 883 945,44

Participants (6)

VOESTALPINE STAHL GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 3 841 093,38
Address
Voestalpine Strasse 3
4020 Linz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
K1-MET GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 487 213,54
Address
Stahlstrasse 14
4020 Linz
Activity type
Research Organisations
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 5 062 856,30
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AUSTRIAN POWER GRID AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 97 650
Address
Wagramer Strasse 19
1220 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 66 472,50
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 558 588,85
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations