Poland’s oil and gas company PGNiG has launched a new hydrogen program, aimed at creating a “coherent chain of hydrogen capabilities” in the next 2-3 years.
The program includes the study and trial of hydrogen use for power generation and automotive applications, as well as hydrogen storage and distribution in the gas network.
The company said last week it has signed a contract for the design and construction of an experimental hydrogen refueling station. The Hydra Tank project, slated to launch in 2021, will be located in Warsaw near an existing compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station, Kallanish Energy reports.
“The initial period of operation will be a pilot test for PGNiG, combined with research work,” said Arkadiusz Sekściński, PGNiG’s vice president for Development. “We want hydrogen to complement PGNiG’s existing range of fuels, including CNG and LNG, to drive advancement of gas mobility in Poland.”
CEO Jerzy Kwieciński said the company is working on a “gradual diversification” of its business, and intends to launch commercial hydrogen sales “in the future.” The hydrogen push will also help Poland to meet its EU climate change targets, he noted.
The program also includes the production of hydrogen from solar photovoltaic farms. The power-to-gas project will also study the feasibility of storing and transmitting the hydrogen using the gas network. The aim is to supply hydrogen to industrial customers, such as carmakers.
A trial green hydrogen plant will be built in Odolanów and come on stream in 2022. PGNiG didn’t disclose capacity details.
“The facility will allow us to test the entire process, from production to delivery of green hydrogen to customers. It will enable us to run tests consisting in injecting a proper mixture of natural gas and hydrogen into an on-site model gas network, storing hydrogen and carrying it by tanker to our station in Warsaw,” explained Sekściński.
This post appeared first on Kallanish Energy News.