Making a world of difference in hydrogen
Helping to make hydrogen a viable choice for a clean energy future
Invisible to the naked eye, hydrogen is the most abundant element in our universe. As an energy source, it holds tremendous potential to play a key role in a clean energy future, helping to decarbonize many major industries and contribute to a more sustainable society.
Yet producing hydrogen requires enormous amounts of both energy and expertise. Technologies for the production, storage, transportation and use of hydrogen as a clean energy source are available today, but broader application will require scaling up solutions and lowering production costs.
ABB’s goal is to help make hydrogen accessible as quickly and cost effectively as possible – through efficient project execution and integrated solutions that are increasingly faster to deploy, simpler to operate and cheaper to maintain.
Scaling up hydrogen: how we make it happen
With electricity making up most hydrogen production costs, enhancing energy efficiency is key. ABB technologies contribute to energy-efficient, future-proof plants that help reduce initial investments. Electrification, automation and digitalization help hydrogen plants optimize operations, increase efficiencies and cut operational costs. ABB’s instrumentation and analysis solutions ensure tight control of the hydrogen production process and related emissions. Leveraging data from existing operations is another way for companies to maximize value. To support this, ABB has developed the ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI suite to combine data from multiple sources, and provide analytics that help customers better manage assets and operations. And because the greenest energy is the energy you don’t use, solutions like ABB Ability™ Energy Management OPTIMAX® ensure that hydrogen operations run in the most efficient way possible.
Leading by doing
Among many projects, ABB is working with Swiss utility Axpo to develop modular green hydrogen production plants in Italy, with the goal of generating an optimum operating model for hydrogen production.
Teaming with Lhyfe, a French producer and supplier of green hydrogen, ABB is supplying their first production site with its Freelance distributed control system and the ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Operations Management platform. The integrated distributed control system with a common and centralized database will reduce development time and simplify automation of the production.
How we make a world of difference