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Lower Saxony issues grant to Uniper's industrial-scale hydrogen storage

The German utility plans to store hydrogen in a salt cavern as a part of pilot project supported by the state government of Lower Saxony.

Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP / AFP

Lower Saxony has granted Fortum-owned Uniper, which Germany’s federal government recently salvaged by buying 30% interest, a grant of EUR 2.4m to spend on a new pilot project involving hydrogen.

The utility will use the money to convert a new salt cavern made specifically for the purpose in the area Krummhörn close to the North Sea, the idea being to store 250,000 cubic meters of green H2 starting from 2024. The project is also meant to gather experience on how equipment and other materials react to the elemental gas, Uniper informs in a press release.

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