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With FenHYx, RICE is guiding the future of hydrogen

The development of research into new gases, in particular hydrogen, is a key part of the energy transition of which RICE intends to be a leader.

As Tanguy Manchec, coordinator of the Hydrogen program, explains, the installation of the FenHYx platform aims to address these concerns by providing state-of-the-art testing facilities for our engineers engaged in these research topics.

The FENHYX research program

The project, developed and managed by RICE, demonstrates its commitment to become one of the world leaders in R&D for the injection of hydrogen into gas systems. The FenHyx (Future Energy Networks for Hydrogen and miX) research program aims to test the ability of gas networks to transport Hydrogen.

The FenHYx platform includes several test modules dedicated to overcoming the various barriers relating to the injection of hydrogen into the networks. More precisely, Fenhyx will make it possible to test network materials and equipment (new or existing) under the operating conditions of networks with hydrogen.


In summary, the objectives of the FenHYx R&D platform are as follows:

  • Transform gas infrastructures for their future key role in the hydrogen sector
  • Establish collaborations with academic partners, French and European industrial start-ups to accelerate the transition to hydrogen

The Fenhyx plateform Is already alive with first module (safety, gas quality, etc.)  already in operation through existing test benches. The second module, focused on material resistance and equipment testing, requires new test benches adapted to hydrogen will be on the RICE site in Alfortville and operational in mid-2021.1.

The various research areas within the FenHYx program are therefore aimed at testing the equipment and pipelines that will enable the transport of H2 in the future, whether mixed or pure.

In the video above, Lorena Cuccia, Gas Quality research engineer, and Jean-Luc Fabre, Gas Detection research engineer, present examples of the first work carried out on the Sibelius site of RICE in Villeneuve la Garenne:

  • tests on the compatibility of detection equipment in relation to hydrogen, with a view to guaranteeing the safety of structures in the context of the injection of this new gas into conventional networks;
  • research into the potential impact of hydrogen injection on measurements and analyses carried out in gas networks (odorization and measurement of HCV in particular): this work has already made it possible to identify the most efficient analyzers that could be installed in the near future on GRTGaz networks.
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