The US Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded around US$ 8 million in funding for nine cooperative projects, including participation by GKN Hydrogen.
DoE has awarded US$1.7 million of funding to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to add two HY2MEGA metal hydride hydrogen storage tanks to the hydrogen assets at the ARIES facility on NREL’s Flatirons Campus. 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.
This subsystem will include two GKN Hydrogen HY2Mega hydrogen storage tanks with an energy storage capacity of over 260kg hydrogen. The construction storage subsystem is expected to be completed in September 2022. GKN Hydrogen and the NREL will validate and demonstrate the dynamic operation of a 520 kg hydrogen metal hydride storage subsystem integrated with the ARIES megawatt-scale hydrogen capabilities.
In a separate development, PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (a high-tech Company operating in biogas and air pollution controls) announced that its subsidiary, Pyro Green-Gas, has received $2.5 million under an existing $ 9.3 million contract with Tata Steel. Under the contract, Pyro Green-Gas to supply a coke oven gas purification and hydrogen production processes that, if successful, will purify coke oven gas and extract hydrogen of extremely high purity (99.999%).
Moreover, Pyro Green-Gas also signed an additional contract for $267,000 with Tata Steel for providing supplementary engineering improvements to the dry coke oven gas desulphurisation and hydrogen production process already under contract. It will supply filters that will further purify the remaining gas, removing condensed hydrocarbons, naphthalene and dust from the coke oven gas infrastructure. This will allow the purified hydrogen gas to be used as a fuel for galvanising and annealing furnaces in steel processing.