Innovation Zone of the Hynor Lillestrøm Hydrogen Station Now Open

29 May 2013

Hystorsys metal hydride compressor

An important step for hydrogen development has been taken in Norway, with the formal opening of the Innovation Zone of Hynor Lillestrøm. The hydrogen refuelling station has been open for almost a year at Akershus Energy Park and has serviced a number of fuel cell electric vehicles 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 sorption-enhanced steam methane reformer (SE-SMR), developed by the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), and a metal hydride compressor developed by Hystorsys, a spin-off company from IFE. Both are based on Norwegian R&D, and could 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 10 Nm3/h compressor will receive hydrogen at 10 bar and will compress it to 200 bar. A 5 Nm3/h metal hydride compressor has also been built and will also be used for testing and demonstration in the coming months.

Hynor Lillestrøm AS is responsible for the overall design, construction, and operation of a hydrogen refuelling station with on-site hydrogen production based on renewable energy sources. The station is located in Akershus Energy Park in Lillestrøm, ca. 30 km north of Oslo. Hynor Lillestrøm also provides courses and works with information and dissemination.

Source: Hynor Lillestrøm press release

Photo: (left) CEO Jon Eriksen and Christopher Kloed, Chairman of Hystorsys in front of the new metal hydride compressor that is now in operation (courtesy of Hystorsys)

For more information on Hynor Lillestrøm and the technologies being tested there, see Fuel Cell Today's recent report: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen in Norway


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