Sweden aims to have a fossil-independent vehicle fleet in 2030, fossil-free power generation in 2040 and a climate neutral society in 2045. Against this background, interest in electrolysis and renewable hydrogen (H2) is increasing rapidly.

The Research institutes of Sweden (RISE), and the Swedish Research Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Materials (Swerim) have now, with support from industry, received funding from Vinnova to jointly develop a new testbed where different applications for electrolysis and H2 storage can be tested and evaluated. The physical facility will be built in Luleå, Sweden.

Renewable H2 from electrolysis has the potential to play an important role in a future energy system and help Sweden and other countries to switch to renewable power generation, climate-neutral industries and a climate-neutral society. This is illustrated not least by the cross sectorial industry project HYBRIT.

With support from Vinnova, RISE and Swerim will develop a testbed where various applications for electrolysis and H2 storage can be tested and evaluated. The physical infrastructure will be established at Swerim in Luleå. To extend the scope of the tests that can be done, infrastructure and skills from other parts of RISE and Swerim can be integrated. An example is the testbed for development of biofuels and biochemicals at RISE ETC in Piteå.

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Source: RISE

“The testbed will be an open and neutral arena where you can evaluate and demonstrate both single components and entire value chains for a wide range of different H2 applications. This may include energy storage, production of biofuels and green chemicals or H2applications in the metallurgical industry. Equally important as the physical testbed is the competence centre for H2 technologies that we now create,” said Project Coordinator Anna-Karin Jannasch from RISE.

“The establishment of this testbed provides a unique opportunity to accelerate the development and deployment of H2 technology across multiple industries and in society. Swerim and RISE, together with stakeholders from industry and the public sector, create critical mass to support development and enable us to expand our existing testbeds and services to meet industry needs,” added Lawrence Hooey, Project Manager at Swerim.

The testbed is being developed in cooperation with a working group consisting of around 20 stakeholders and future testbed users, including Hybrit, Höganäs, Sandvik, Perstorp, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Haldor Topsoe and Hydrogenics Pro.

“It is gratifying that a national testbed in the H2 area is being established with infrastructure open to various research studies. This is important for the HYBRIT initiative and it is positive as it strengthens the competence in the region and in Sweden, in a new important area,” commeneted Mårten Görnerup, CEO of Hybrit Development.