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 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:
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: