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ABB joins HyPilot project alongside Yara, Equinor, and Gassco

Hystar AS has announced that ABB has joined the HyPilot project, the in-field demonstration of Hystar’s one-megawatt (MW) containerised PEM electrolysers.
ABB joins HyPilot project alongside Yara, Equinor, and Gassco
Courtesy of Hystar.

ABB is supplying critical power technology to the HyPilot project, consisting of components that enable precise voltage and current control to simulate various operating regimes.

The HyPilot project aims to verify Hystar’s patented technology under realistic field conditions and will be delivered at the end of 2023 at the Kårstø Gas Processing Plant in Rogaland, Norway. ABB joins Equinor, Yara, and Gassco in participating in the highly anticipated field project.

“HyPilot represents an important milestone for the green hydrogen industry, as it unites leading industry players behind Hystar’s patented, ultra-efficient electrolysers” said Fredrik Mowill, CEO of Hystar. “ABB’s important contribution will support us in rigorously testing under a range of conditions, facilitating the widespread adoption of large-scale green hydrogen production.”

ABB’s low-harmonic insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) rectifiers and DC-DC converters will regulate the supply of electricity to enable the electrolyser to operate under realistic field conditions. The company will provide local support and expertise on the ground in Norway throughout the project’s duration. 

Operators will gather data during the 10,000-hour trial to demonstrate that green hydrogen can be produced cost-effectively and reliably by utilising renewable energy sources, such as wind power, which is dependent upon overcoming the intermittent nature of renewable energy. The results from the HyPilot project will demonstrate how Hystar’s electrolysers can be utilised to reduce the cost of green hydrogen on an industrial scale, providing performance data from various operating regimes to verify long-term commercial operation.

“The electrolyser power system minimises the network’s harmonic content and footprint while maximising efficiency and power factor” added Chris Poynter, Division President, ABB System Drives. “This helps drive down the levelised cost of green hydrogen production, which is a key factor to accelerate its adoption. At ABB we stand for productivity in a low-carbon world so we are proud to work closely with Hystar and other stakeholders to help build the new hydrogen ecosystem with our domain expertise and technology.”

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