With the share of renewable energy growing in the energy mix, the need to store and downstream use of clean energy in fossil dependent sectors such as transportation has become a critical issue. Hydrogen is one of the key enablers in completing this energy transition.
Hydrogen in transportation typically replaces internal combustion engine vehicles running on fossil fuels, thus offering close to a 100 per cent greenhouse gas emission reduction potential ‘well-to-wheel’.
The HyBalance project will be the first project to demonstrate the complete value chain from hydrogen renewable energy production to end users, including hydrogen stations and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in circulation.
Air Liquide already operates a network of five hydrogen stations in Denmark through the Copenhagen Hydrogen Network. The HyBalance project will contribute to accelerating the development of clean mobility in Denmark.
Capable of supplying a fleet of more than 1000 FCEVs
The interest in FCEVs is growing due to the fact that hydrogen cars enable a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, do not produce any local pollutant emissions (fine particles etc.), can be quickly fueled and have a long range autonomy compared to electric cars.
The HyBalance project will assess the market for hydrogen mobility in Denmark, including cars, forklift trucks and busses. The hydrogen produced in the HyBalance project will be capable of supplying a fleet of more than 1000 FCEVs and could contribute up to 0.5 per cent of the transport sector GHG reduction targets in Denmark.
Reducing investment costs of refueling stations
The project will be the first to implement a high pressure distribution truck to supply hydrogen refueling stations, which will allow the capacity of the refueling stations to be increased three or fourfold. Carrying out the compression at the plant in Hobro and transporting the hydrogen under high pressure to the refueling stations will allow stations to reduce investment requirements and thus ease the addition of new stations at lower costs. It will also improve the efficiency of the compression and make it possible to transport higher volumes of hydrogen in a single truck.
HyBalance thus aims at developing a green hydrogen-hub in a semi-centralised concept composed of a large electrolyser and compression centre with trailer filling ports and high pressure cylinder bundle filling points.