Verbund is now a member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.
“The company welcomes the initiative to build a European hydrogen economy and wants to bring experience from its own project participation to it”
As an example of Verbund’s commitment to hydrogen, Verbund has been a key player in the project H2FUTURE: Hydrogen technology for voestalpine Linz.
In the H2FUTURE project, VERBUND supplies the electricity from renewable energies and is responsible for the development of grid-related services. Via demand-side management, the PEM electrolyser acts as a dynamic control load component to help compensate for fluctuations in the power grid.
In the project funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the European Commission, VERBUND is building a modern PEM electrolysis plant at the voestalpine location in Linz together with the project partners voestalpine, Siemens, K1 MET, APG and TNO.
In addition, VERBUND is investigating the transferability of CO 2 -free hydrogen generation to other industrial sectors in the flagship region “WIVA P&G”, which is supported by the Climate and Energy Fund, together with R&D, energy supply and industrial partners.
Another project VERBUND is participating in is the Tyrolean Zillertal, the first narrow-gauge railway in Austria will run on hydrogen from 2023.
It will use 600 kilograms of hydrogen per day, which is produced directly in the Zillertal VERBUND power plant and will be made available in filling stations at the Jenbach and Mayrhofen terminal stations.
After intensive investigations, the decision was made in favor of the future technology hydrogen from an ecological and economic point of view.
VERBUND relies on hydrogen in the Zillertal
From the start of the operation, the newly designed trains will run the same route with green hydrogen. With this change, 800,000 liters of diesel and 2,160 tons of CO 2 can be saved annually. The operation will be completely CO 2 -free.