ABB is supplying critical power technology to the HyPilot project, the in-field demonstration of Norwegian company Hystar’s one-megawatt (MW) containerized PEM electrolysers, to qualify Hystar’s technology under realistic field conditions. The project will be delivered in Q4 of 2023 at the Gassco-operated Kårstø Gas Processing Plant in Rogaland, Norway. ABB joins Nordic industry leaders Equinor, Yara, and Gassco in participating in the highly anticipated field project.
ABB’s low-harmonic insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) rectifiers and DC-DC converters will regulate the supply of electricity to the electrolyser. ABB will also 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 utilizing 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 utilized to reduce the production cost of green hydrogen on an industrial scale, providing performance data from various operating regimes to verify long-term commercial operation.