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H2 PRODUCTION

HYDROGEN AS AN ENERGY STORE

Our heart beats for hydrogen. This isn’t a case of blind love, but of pure calculation: hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, and yet has the unique potential to play a key role in the energy transition.

CO2 emissions can be reduced to a minimum through sustainable hydrogen production – which is why the CEP uses ‘green’ hydrogen. As a storage medium, hydrogen can increase system stability and enable the large-scale integration of renewable energies. In a nutshell, even when the sun won’t shine and the wind won’t blow, we KEEP moving with hydrogen.

STORAGE

Hydrogen is the hero of the energy transition. A colourless, odourless and tasteless gas with an atomic weight of 1, it is the first element in our periodic table. Our ‘Number 1’ consists of one proton and one electron, and naturally occurs as a diatomic molecule (H2).

Hydrogen is the lightest element known to man – some 14 times lighter than air. Therefore, it has a low density, which has implications for storing it in vehicles and at the filling stations. At filling stations, both gaseous storage under high pressure and storage of cryogenic (-253 °C) liquid hydrogen are used. For vehicles, storage in gaseous form has proven to be more advantageous. Even though hydrogen molecules are very small, there is no risk of significant diffusion during transport and storage, or in the vehicle tanks.

TECHNOLOGY

The Clean Energy Partnership is one of the most important international projects to test hydrogen as a fuel. It revolves around the development of technical standards – from production to swift, safe fuelling to the operation of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

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