March 7 (SeeNews) - French industrial gases group Air Liquide (EPA:AI), and partners Hydrogenics, LBST, Neas Energy, Hydrogen Valley/CEMTEC and the European Joint Technology Initiative have signed a contract to build one of Europe’s largest facilities for production of green hydrogen in Denmark.
HyBalance, as the project is named, will implement new advanced key technologies for hydrogen production with a 1 MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser provided by Hydrogenics and a high pressure supply chain to hydrogen charging stations.
Air Liquide will operate the hydrogen production plant which is due to start at the end of 2017 and the filling center, the company said in a press release.
The French company already operates a network of five hydrogen charging stations in Denmark through Copenhagen Hydrogen Network (CHN), a joint venture owned by Air Liquide and H2 Logic.
The HyBalance project in Denmark will be the first project in Europe to demonstrate the complete value chain from hydrogen renewable energy production to end users, Air Liquide says. Hydrogen will be produced by water electrolysis and used for clean transportation, including the existing five hydrogen charging stations operated by Air Liquide and more than 60 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in circulation.
Denmark has been selected for this innovative project as the country has one of the most ambitious renewable energy strategies in Europe, notably with regards to wind power. The storage of the renewable electricity produced by wind turbines in the form of hydrogen will support the grid balancing, showing the potential of hydrogen in the future energy mix.