German project to study iron for hydrogen storage, transport

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August 15 (Renewables Now) - A German project coordinated by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) will explore the potential use of iron for the safe storage and transport of green hydrogen.

A team led by UDE professor of metallurgy Ruediger Deike will seek to develop a concept for the industrial-scale implementation of an approach that involves producing green hydrogen from solar power in places with strong solar radiation and the subsequent reduction of iron ore to iron through a chemical reaction. The iron will be then transported in the form of briquettes or pellets to a place where hydrogen and iron oxide will be obtained through the reverse reaction and used when needed.

The project, known as the Me2H2 iron-steam process, will receive a total of EUR 1.3 million (USD 1.33m) in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for a period of three years.

Apart from project coordinator UDE, other participants in the research initiative include the Clausthal University of Technology and the Leibniz Institute for Materials-Oriented Technologies (IWT) as well as thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG and SMS group GmbH as associated partners.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.029)

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