A project coordinated by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is aiming to explore the potential use of iron for the storage and transport of green hydrogen. Hydrogen Industry Leaders investigates how this will boost the hydrogen economy in Germany.
The project, known as the Me2H2 iron-steam process, will see a team led by UDE Professor of Metallurgy Ruediger Deike.
It aims to develop a concept for the industrial-scale implementation of an approach that involves producing green hydrogen from solar power in places with strong solar radiation and the subsequent reduction of iron ore to iron through a chemical reaction.
Iron will then be transported in the form of briquettes or pellets to a place where hydrogen and iron oxide will be obtained through the reverse reaction and used when needed.
Funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for a period of three years will be provided, with the project receiving a total of EUR 1.3 million.