Energy consultant and certification body DNV GL has launched an international industry consortium in collaboration with Dutch glass production expert Celsian to develop technologies required for the transition from natural gas to hydrogen in energy-intensive industrial production processes.
The two-year programme is a unique collaboration in the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for industrial use, aiming to contribute fundamental improvements to existing industrial heating processes, lowering carbon emissions and cost.
“Existing burner and burner control technology to decarbonise industrial production processes are not yet market-ready, despite great interest and the advantages of hydrogen as a low carbon fuel in high-temperature industries,” said Sander Gersen, Project Leader at DNV GL – Oil & Gas.
“Our programme aims to have new burner concepts available within two years.”
The industry consortium comprises more than 30 private and public partners throughout the hydrogen value chain, including industrial end users, technology suppliers, fuel suppliers and traders, gas transport companies, knowledge institutes and the Dutch government.
“Together with our partners, we are looking at how we can best integrate new technology in industrial processes and hydrogen value chains,” said Johan Knijp. Country Manager and DNV GL – Oil & Gas Netherlands.
“At the same time, we are gathering data and practical experience by conduction field demonstrations in various industrial environments. Right now, we are laying the foundation at DNV GL’s laboratories in Groningen.”
“Subsequently, we will prepare for a field demonstration where the new technology is integrated into the industrial production processes of participating companies.”