Tuesday 11 August 2020

France to launch ‘world’s first’ hydrogen energy storage project at paper mill

France to launch ‘world’s first’ hydrogen energy storage project at paper mill

A paper mill in France will soon become the 'first facility of its kind in the world' to introduce an integrated hydrogen gas turbine demonstrator.

The HYFLEXPOWER project, which is funded by the European Commission, aims to prove that hydrogen can be produced from renewable electricity, stored and ultimately used to replace natural gas - it will take place at packaging provider Smurfit Kappa's Saillat Paper Mill.

The project represents an investment of €15.2 million (£13.6m) and involves several stakeholders including ENGIE Solutions, Siemens Gas and Power, Centrax, ARTTIC, German Aerospace Center, and Universities of Athens in Greece, Lund in Sweden, Duisburg-Essen in Germany and UCL London.

The project will be split into several phases with construction due to begin in 2021 and the pilot to commence in 2022.

Laurent Sellier, Chief Operating Officer of Smurfit Kappa Paper and Board Europe said: “Our mill will act as the perfect location for this groundbreaking piece of research due to the combined heat and power system on-site and the mill’s optimal size.

"We are looking forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure this project is a success and acts as a pathway towards the transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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