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DelHyVEHR project officially starts

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Global Hydrogen Review,

The DelHyVEHR project has officially kicked off its start with the goal to make liquid hydrogen distribution viable and accessible as a clean energy carrier across various industries. Hosted at ENGIE Lab Crigen in Paris, France, on 29-30 January 2024, the project's start brought together the consortium of 13 partners, mainly from the industry.

This three year project, coordinated by ENGIE Lab Crigen, the ENGIE Group's research centre on energy transition, is funded by the EU and supported by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership with a budget of €5 million and a European contribution of €3.7 million. Additionally, this project has received approximately €866 000 funding from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and €1.3 million from UK Research and Innovation.

Liquid hydrogen usage could substantially lead to carbon reduction, particularly within heavy-duty applications such as aviation, maritime, and railroad transportation. While existing technologies have paved the way for gaseous hydrogen refuelling for light vehicles, DelHyVEHR aims at addressing the gap in liquid hydrogen distribution infrastructure.

Key objectives of the DelHyVEHR project include the development of a liquid hydrogen high-rate refuelling station dedicated to maritime, aviation and railroad applications with delivery flowrate exceeding 5 tph and zero boil-off losses. The project is expected to achieve its demonstration by the end of 2026.

The DelHyVEHR consortium, comprising 13 leading partners from four countries across the EU, the UK and Switzerland, spans the entire value chain from component development to system demonstration and assessment. Additionally, the project benefits from the guidance of a distinguished advisory board comprised of global leaders in hydrogen end-user industries. The team consists of the following partners: ENGIE, Elengy, Ariane group, Fives, Absolut Systems, DEKRA, Benkei, TRELLEBORG, CESAME EXADEBIT SA, Ulster University, the Energy Policy Group and ERIG.

With plans to complete demonstration activities by 2027, DelHyVEHR aims to commercialise its technologies by 2029, ultimately establishing 15 refuelling stations by 2030 and scaling up to 81 stations by 2040 to cater to the shipping, aviation, and railroad markets.

For the project DelHyVEHR, Fives will supply the Cryomec® cryogenic pump at the heart of the refuelling station.

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