GKN Hydrogen chosen for US Department of Energy hydrogen storage project

October 15, 2021

Two HY2MEGA hydrogen storage tanks will be housed at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Courtesy GKN Hydrogen)

GKN Hydrogen, a recently established business unit of GKN Powder Metallurgy, has announced $1.7M of funding from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office awarded to DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The funding will enable two HY2MEGA metal hydride hydrogen storage tanks to be added to the hydrogen assets at the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) facility on NREL’s Flatirons Campus near Boulder, Colorado, USA.

GKN’s HY2MEGA storage subsystem will be connected to the megawatt-scale electrolyser and fuel cell at the ARIES facility and validated by NREL scientists and engineers.  The performance of the HY2MEGA installation will be evaluated over a range of operational conditions and simulated use cases using the ARIES facility capabilities.

With energy storage capacity of over 260kg hydrogen (~9MWh of energy), GKN’s HY2MEGA is said to be the largest metal hydride storage on the market and is well suited for energy supply applications where safety and compactness are crucial.

“This a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with the DOE National Laboratories to validate and run megawatt scale use cases with our green, safe and compact metal hydride hydrogen storage solution,” stated Peter Oberparleiter, Chief Executive Officer at GKN Powder Metallurgy.  “Projects of this scale are needed to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission technologies to help us all meet our future clean energy goals.”


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