🇫🇮 Research project on hydrogen storage launched

April 15, 2024

Research project on hydrogen storage launched

VTT, GTK and industrial partner organizations are launching a pioneering research project Hydrogen UnderGround (HUG) focused on underground storage of hydrogen in Finland.

Hydrogen underground storages are widely seen to play a critical role in the green hydrogen value chain as the production and demand of hydrogen needs to be balanced. Storages are necessary to enable the stable supply of hydrogen to companies utilizing green hydrogen, who cannot operate in an economically sound way without hydrogen storage. Storing hydrogen above ground, akin to traditional methods for natural gas, proves impractical for cost and safety reasons. Preliminary reviews affirm underground storage as the most affordable and safe option on a large scale. Because Finland lacks natural ground formations suitable for gas storage, the focus of the HUG project is on constructed gas storage solutions.

The two-year project brings together 16 esteemed partners, with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Geological Survey of Finland GTK assuming the central roles in project coordination and research activities.

“The overall goal of the HUG project is to build the basis for a large-scale hydrogen storage concept for the Finnish hydrogen business and technology ecosystem. The project also aims to establish pathways for continued research, inviting partner companies to contribute to ongoing advancements in the field,” say Project Managers Pasi Valkokari from VTT and Teemu Lindqvist from GTK.

The project is co-funded by Business Finland, and it is a part of the Neste’s and Valmet’s Veturi ecosystems.

“Hydrogen is a key component of Neste’s refinery processes, and we are dedicated to advancing the national hydrogen industry. Project HUG provides invaluable support towards this goal. Harnessing the collaborative power of our Veturi ecosystem, we aim to unite industry and academic stakeholders, leveraging collective expertise and resources,” says Antti Pohjoranta from Neste’s renewable hydrogen & Power-to-X innovation business platform.

“Valmet has served the hydrogen industry for over 50 years. The HUG research project is seeking to find answers to critical automation technology questions that are essential not only for hydrogen storage but also for the whole hydrogen production and consumption ecosystem. This project is also a part of Valmet’s Beyond Circularity R&D program and ecosystem, which aims to enable our customer industries to shift to carbon neutrality and facilitate the green transition,” says Juha-Pekka Jalkanen, Director, Process Automation, Automation Systems business line, Valmet.

Originally published on 15 April by BotH2nia.

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