Storengy partners with Schneider; Pensana and Equinor use hydrogen for recycling

The partnership will support carbon neutrality objectives through renewable hydrogen storage solutions.

Schneider Electric and Storengy (a subsidiary of ENGIE) work together to achieve the zero-carbon transition and agreed to offer underground hydrogen storage solutions.

Both partners will pool their fields of expertise at the service of the decarbonisation of businesses. Both companies will design a Power Systems and Process Automation solution dedicated to underground hydrogen storage.

The partnership is initiated by a first project named HyPSTER (Hydrogen Pilot Storage for large Ecosystem Replication) at the Etrez storage site. The solution will be powered by local renewable energy (photovoltaic, hydraulic) to produce renewable hydrogen. This project aims to install a demonstrator for underground hydrogen storage in a salt cavern. It will also be a means to validate the technical and economic reproducibility of the process at other sites in Europe.

Schneider Electric will provide its expertise in automation solutions, process instrumentation, gas analysis and energy distribution solutions to Storengy.

Pensana and Equinor

Pensana has signed a cooperation agreement with Equinor New Energy Limited to form a working group to share technical and commercial information to develop a low-energy method to recycle end-of-life magnets at Pensana’s rare earth hub in Saltend Chemical Park.

Pensana is establishing a world-class, independent and sustainable rare earth processing facility at Saltend Chemicals Park, UK. It is also looking to process end-of-life magnets from wind turbine nacelles using hydrogen’s properties as a powerful reductant. Both partners will use hydrogen from the H2H Saltend project to establish the innovative process route as a key component in the circular economy for rare earth magnets in the UK.

Recycling permanent magnets utilising hydrogen not as fuel, but as a reductant. Equinor has submitted plans for its ‘Hydrogen to Humber (H2H) Saltend’ hydrogen production facility into phase two of the Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process. The facility will be supported by the potential supply of hydrogen to Pensana and other regional hydrogen users, which could be a world first and a catalyst for the Humber to achieve net-zero.

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: 02081237815
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