Project H2FUTURE: construction starts at the world’s largest hydrogen pilot facility

After the launch of the FCH JU- funded project H2FUTURE at the beginning of 2017, construction of the pilot facility at the voestalpine site in Linz has now accelerated. This flagship project for a CO2-reduced energy future and the decarbonization of steel production is taking shape: today, 16 April 2018, at the voestalpine site in Linz, the H2FUTURE project consortium officially gave the go-ahead for construction of the world’s largest pilot facility for the production of green hydrogen. With a capacity of 6 megawatts, this is the most effective and advanced plant of its type. The partners from industry and power generation will use this facility to research into future breakthrough technologies which are needed to meet global climate goals over the long-term. The plant is scheduled to be fully operational by spring 2019.

CO2-free hydrogen is an important source of energy for sector coupling and can significantly contribute to achieving European climate goals. The new plant is designed to be a technological milestone on the pathway to the energy transition, and thus to the gradual decarbonization of the steel industry.

Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of FCH JU, present at the event said: “The H2FUTURE project is one of the FCH JU flagship projects, financed from the EU Horizon2020 program. It demonstrates that greening large industry, such as steelmaking, is feasible and is a viable option in the near future. Moreover, this project successfully shows sector coupling. Both these aspects are vital in proving that hydrogen is an important piece of the puzzle in achieving European climate goals.”


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