While the large-scale availability
of green hydrogen is still some way off, the members of the consortium are
focused on looking beyond 2030 and trialing new technology, such as hydrogen,
today. This project will allow the partners to understand the technical
feasibility of using hydrogen while retaining much of the existing energy
infrastructure. This demonstrator would open great perspectives for industry.
This highly innovative project
involves significant collaboration across several industries, academic bodies,
and research institutes. The project was inspired by the European Commission’s
(EC) ‘Hydrogen Strategy for a Climate-Neutral Europe’ report, which outlines
the essential role that hydrogen will play within the European Green Deal
carbon neutrality and energy transition initiative.
The stakeholders involved in the
project are ENGIE Solutions, Siemens Energy, Centrax, ARTTIC, German Aerospace
Center (DLR), and Universities NTUA Athens (Greece), Lund (Sweden),
Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and UCL (UK).
The project, first announced in
2020, involves significant funding by the European Commission, with two-thirds
of the €15.2 million investment coming from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework
Programme for Research and Innovation*. The next trials for the HYFLEXPOWER
project are scheduled for Summer 2023.
Commenting on the end of the
initial testing phase, Gaël Carayon, Project Director at ENGIE Solutions, said: “Ambitious projects like
this one require taking partnerships to the next level and being united in a
joint mission to make decarbonization a reality. Hydrogen will play a crucial
role in the interaction between renewables and electricity storage and
generation. ENGIE Solutions is proud to participate to this unique project.”
Dr. Ertan Yilmaz, HYFLEXPOWER
Global Director at Siemens Energy, said: “With the HYFLEXPOWER
project we are showcasing that carbon-neutral and reliable power supply is
possible - even for energy-intensive industries. Hydrogen-ready turbines will
play a decisive role in climate-neutral energy, so it is very exciting to be
looking forward to the next phase of testing.”
project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research
and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 884229.