Smurfit Kappa to deploy hydrogen gas turbine demonstrator

Smurfit Kappa has been chosen to participate in the HYFLEXPOWER project that will see its Saillat Paper Mill in France become the world’s first plant to introduce an integrated hydrogen gas turbine demonstrator.

The research project will be mainly funded by the European Commission and aims to prove that hydrogen can be produced and stored from renewable electricity and ultimately replace up to 100% of natural gas currently used by combined heat and power plants.

Members of the HYFLEXPOWER project hope to demonstrate that renewable hydrogen can serve as a flexible means of storing energy which can then be used to power a high-power industrial turbine, and in doing so, will implement the world’s first industrial-scale power-to-X-to-power demonstrator with an advanced hydrogen turbine.

Commenting on the announcement, Laurent Sellier, Chief Operating Officer of Smurfit Kappa Paper & Board Europe said, “At Smurfit Kappa, we place a strong focus on innovation and improving our energy efficiency, and we are delighted to have been chosen to take part in this project.

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