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Members of the Danish parliament visited the HyBalance site

On August 4, the two members of the Danish Parliament and traffic spokesmen, Kristian Pihl Lorentzen from the Liberal Party and Rasmus Prehn from the Social Democratic party visited the HyBalance site.

The two politicians want to put more focus on transport and infrastructure in Denmark. They had therefore decided to take a road trip across Denmark in a hydrogen car to test the national network of hydrogen refuelling stations.

Their road trip also took them to Hobro and the HyBalance site. Here Kristian Pihl Lorentzen and Rasmus Prehn got a tour at the HyBalance facility together with the Mayor of Mariagerfjord municipality Mogens Jespersen.

The two politicians showed great interest in the HyBalance facility and were excited to see how this project is contributing to transform the energy systems from fossil dependency to relying on renewable and local energy sources by utilising the potential of hydrogen

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Experiments with a small hydrogen car
Presentation of the hydrogen car, Toyota Mirai

HyBalance project introduced at the Danish Science festival

Approximately 70 people showed up on Saturday the 29th of April when Hydrogen Valley hosted an event at the GASmuseum in Hobro, Denmark.

The event was organised within the framework of the Danish Science Festival, and the theme of the event was the hydrogen-universe in the vicinity of Hobro. A special focus of the event was the HyBalance project and the on-going construction of the hydrogen facility in the southern part of Hobro.

The event was opened by the curator of the GASmuseum, Hanne Thomsen, and was followed by an introduction from CEO of Hydrogen Valley, Lars Udby, who gave a presentation about the HyBalance project.

The event included a lot of exiting activities such as an interactive energy game and experiments with a small hydrogen car to much delight of the participating kids.

The Toyota Mirai, which is jointly held by the Municpality of Mariagerfjord, Hydrogen Valley and the two Toyota dealerships located in Hobro and Hadsund, was also presented at the event, and the participants were offered a test-drive in the hydrogen car.

The Danish Science Festival is organized by The Ministry of Higher Education and Science, and takes place every year in Denmark in week 17 with more than 600 different events in 100 cities all over Denmark.

HyBalance presented to a French delegation

On 23 March, 2017 Hans-Jørgen Brodersen and Marie-Louise Arnfast from Hydrogen Valley presented the HyBalance project to 10 delegates from a French energy concern.

The French delegation, whose visit was arranged by Invest in Denmark, had taken the trip to Denmark to learn more about how Denmark is working with green renewable energy and especially hydrogen and fuel cells.

In addition to the visit in Hobro, the delegation also visited Neas Energy, partner in the HyBalance project, and NEL Hydrogen (former H2 Logic) in Herning.

From the left: Filip Smeets (Hydrogenics), Bart Biebuyck (FCH JU), Hans Jørgen Brodersen (Hydrogen Valley Denmark) and Louis Sentis (Air Liquide)
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HyBalance electrolyser successful in hydrogen production testing

On February 13, 2017 Hydrogenics, partner in the HyBalance project and developer of the new 1.2 MW PEM electrolyser, announced that the electrolyser has successfully produced hydrogen during the first stage of factory acceptance testing at Hydrogenics facilities in Oevel, Belgium.

The new, state-of-the-art 1.2 MW PEM electrolyser, will be delivered to Hobro, Denmark in the coming weeks for the HyBalance project. The production of green hydrogen is expected to start in fall 2017.

The electrolyser will produce hydrogen from wind-generated energy and also enable grid balancing services. The green hydrogen will be used in multiple high value markets such as industry and clean transportation. Thus, the HyBalance project will not only validate highly dynamic PEM electrolysis technology and innovative hydrogen delivery processes involved but also demonstrate these in a real industrial environment by applying the latest high pressure hydrogen production and delivery equipment.

In continuation of the announcement, Hydrogenics hosted an inauguration ceremony on February 13, in Oevel, in presence of Air Liquide, the project leader, and the FCH JU, which was a unique opportunity for the 50 participants to see the electrolyser before it is being shipped to Denmark.

On the picture (from the left): Filip Smeets (Hydrogenics), Bart Biebuyck (FCH JU), Hans Jørgen Brodersen (Hydrogen Valley Denmark) and Louis Sentis (Air Liquide)

See the presentations from the HyBalance inaugration ceremony here:

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Report: “Electrolysis could be important in the future energy system”
Scientists from Aalborg University and project developers from NEAS Energy have in collaboration with Air Liquide Danmark, EMD and Hydrogen Valley completed the report “Potential of hydrogen in energy systems”. The report is a result of the first work package in the Power2Hydrogen project.

In the report, they have analysed the role of electrolysis in a current Danish energy system as well as a future Danish energy system based on renewable energy sources. The aim is to clarify the role that electrolysis could play in the future and the benefits for the Danish Energy management. The hydrogen produced from electrolysis can be used in both industry and clean transport sectors.

On the basis of the experiences and results created in the Power2Hydrogen project, the HyBalance project will show how we can store renewable energy in the form of hydrogen, and then use it in the transport sector.

Read the summary of the report here and the full report here.

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Paving the way to the future
On 4 April 2016, the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt cut the first sod to the hydrogen facility, which marked not only the beginning of the HyBalance project but also the beginning of a larger building project, which will take place in Hobro in the municipality of Mariagerfjord. Now the first milestone is reached.

The municipality of Mariagerfjord has build and extended the road to the hydrogen facility. The extension proceeded according to the plan, and the road opened in July 2016.

More precisely, the extension concerns Jyllandsvej in Hobro which has been extended to the ring road Langelandsvej. This has resulted in a new access to the industrial area right where the hydrogen plant will be located.

Read more about the HyBalance project and the hydrogen facility here.

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Danish minister cut first sod
April 4th, 2016 the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt cut the first sod for the facility that will deliver hydrogen from 2017 as part of the HyBalance project.

The facility is to be located near Hobro in the Northern part of Denmark.

At the event, the minister said: ”Hydrogen is one of the technologies which we will focus on in the future. Therefore I am very pleased that Denmark, with this facility, is positioning itself at the front. We will be able to show that we are leading the way. It is not just talk with a lot of show, but it is something which is taking place in the real world”.

The event was also attended by the Mayor of Mariagerfjord Municipality, Mogens Jespersen, who said: “This facility will have great importance, and we have already received requests from other companies, who are interested in being located in the same area solely because of the location of the coming hydrogen factory. It will mean a great deal. This is just the beginning of something really big”.

Lars Udby, CEO of the Danish partner Hydrogen Valley thanked Air Liquide and the other partners in the project as well as FCHJU and Energinet.dk for helping realize the project, which has been underway for almost 3 years.

See media coverage from TV2 Nord and Nordjyske.dk (both in Danish)

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Contract signed: Demonstrating the use of green hydrogen in energy systems
February 23th, 2016 One of Europe’s most advanced hydrogen facilities will be established in Denmark. Air Liquide, 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.

See press release