Bonn–During his visit today to the GKN Sinter Metals Innovation and Research Centre, North-Rhine Westphalian Minister of Economic Affairs Garrelt Duin was able to see for himself the performance capability of hydrogen research.
“Hydrogen will play a central role in low-emission energy supply in future, and this is why GKN is working intensively on this trend,” emphasised Guido Degen, Senior Vice President Business Development & Advanced Technology – Powder Metallurgy.
During his visit, Minister Garrelt Duin was able to inspect an initial integrated prototype of a hydrogen storage tank which GKN has developed together with a co-operation partner.
The pilot storage tank features:
- Safe and efficient process
- Loss-free storage of hydrogen
- High storage density (50 l gas bottle corresponds to 50 kWh of stored energy)
- Use of hydrogen from renewable energy sources
- Metal hydrides for hydrogen storage which are made of structures produced by powder metallurgy
- Functioning capability guaranteed even at lowest pressure
“We are again demonstrating our leadership in innovation and fully utilising GKN’s competencies in material and production techniques to bring this pioneering technology to full production-readiness,” says Degen.
As the missing link in the energy revolution chain, hydrogen storage offers efficient support for carbon-neutral energy production. GKN regards this technology in future as an integral part of applications for energy storage, decentralised energy provision solutions and emission-free, fuel-cell based transport. Whether in local public transport networks, individual transport or for many other logistics and infrastructure applications.
Main image: Minister Duin, von Gruenberg (MdL), Dr. Hille (IHK) and GKN management team during plant tour at GKN Sinter Metals Bonn