Unveiled today (Oct 13), the consortium, consisting of major liquid hydrogen players such as Shell and the Kennedy Space Centre, will collaborate to develop a technically innovative and economically viable concept design.

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A demonstration tank will be developed by the consortium that will be used to test and validate the feasibility of the design and the thermal model for commercial-scale design.

It is hoped that the project will advance the US as a global leader in the liquid hydrogen-based international supply chain development and facilitate the commercialisation of blue and green hydrogen exportation.

The consortium leading this project includes the likes of Shell, McDermott’s CB&I Storage Solutions, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, GenH2 and the University of Houston.

Yuri Sebregts, Chief Technology Officer for Shell, said, “A cost-effective, long-range hydrogen supply chain can have a transformative impact in shaping a sustainable future for energy.

“Our consortium recognises that this project can become a cornerstone in making that future possible. It’s a sizable engineering challenge—but we have the right people, partners and outlook to deliver this first-of-its-kind liquid hydrogen storage technology.”

Adam Swanger, NASA principal investigator for the Cryo Lab, said, “The Cryogenics Test Laboratory at Kennedy leverages its experience supporting space exploration to provide cryogenic services for government and industry partners, cryogenic expertise and experimental testing and technical standards for energy-efficient cryogenics on Earth and in space.

“For many years, Kennedy has had the largest liquid hydrogen storage tanks in the world and we’re excited to lend our years of experience in working with liquid hydrogen and liquid nitrogen to assist with this project.”

US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power

What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?

North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.

What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your virtual delegate pass, click here.