Aragon Hydrogen Foundation participates in the Hydrogen TCP – Task 42.
The Hydrogen Technology Partnership Programme (Hydrogen TCP) was established in 1977 under the auspices of the International Energy Agency to pursue collaborative hydrogen research and development and information exchange among its member countries.
Through the creation and implementation of some forty Tasks, the Hydrogen TCP has facilitated and managed a wide range of hydrogen R&D and analysis activities. Prior to 2020, the Hydrogen TCP was known as the Hydrogen Implementation Agreement (HIA).
What is Task 42?
It is an international working group within the Hydrogen Technology Partnership Programme (Hydrogen TCP) that was established in 1977 under the auspices of the International Energy Agency to promote collaborative hydrogen research and development and information exchange among member countries.
Through the creation and execution of more than forty tasks, the Hydrogen TCP has facilitated and managed a wide range of hydrogen research, development and analysis activities.
What is its objective?
This task in definition focuses on research and innovation challenges to test and demonstrate the technical, economic and social feasibility of underground hydrogen storage (UHS). This concerns storage options in porous reservoirs, salt caverns and other artificial spaces. While salt caverns are already being used for static hydrogen storage, there is a need to test the technical feasibility of rapid, high-yield cyclic injection and production, as well as the optimal management of dense clusters of them. The technical feasibility of hydrogen storage in porous reservoirs is relatively less developed, and as such is still at a more fundamental stage of scientific and technological research.
How do we participate from FHa?
Task 42 is divided into different SubTasks, each with its own specific focus. From FHa we co-lead SubTask E: Economics & System Integration, led by Gianluca Greco, Consulting and Training Technician at FHa.
Gianluca Greco, as task leader, answers the following questions:
-How does FHa position itself regarding underground storage of H2? Why do you consider it important for you and your organisation to participate in this TCP-Task42 task on UHS?
-FHa fully supports Task 42 as an initiative for the technological development of geological sites for underground hydrogen storage (UHS). Aragon is an energy exporting region and has a high capacity to generate intermittent renewable energy resources. Also, it is crucial to understand the capabilities of UHS and its impacts (social, environmental, economic). This knowledge is essential to promote future projects and initiatives, says Greco.