100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

Today marked an important step for hydrogen development in Norway, when the Innovation Zone of Hynor Lillestrøm was formally opened. The station has been open for almost a year at Akershus Energy Park and has serviced a number of FCEV´s[1] during that time. The Innovation Zone is a part of the station where innovative new hydrogen technologies will be tested and demonstrated, in conjunction with the operation of the station.

There are two main components in the Innovation Zone. A SESMR reformer, developed by the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), and a metal hydride compressor developed by Hystorsys. Both are based on Norwegian R&D, and can play an important role in providing hydrogen to refuelling stations or industry as the demand for hydrogen is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, with commercial production of vehicles expected from 2015.

The reformer will produce hydrogen from purified and upgraded biogas, and will be in operation later this year. The metal hydride compressor is now in operation and has several advantages over traditional types of compressors, as it has almost no moving parts, very low noise, is flexible in size and has very low energy consumption. At the Hynor Lillestrøm station the compressor will receive H2 at 10 bar and will compress it to 200 bar.