ROSEN opens new hydrogen facility

ROSEN Group new hydrogen testing centre

The lab is part of a new 4000 m2 test centre building on the test site – equivalent in size to 16 soccer fields after the expansion. 

100 new jobs have been created in the process of expanding the company’s hydrogen offerings.

According to ROSEN Group, the expansion followed the sharp increase in consumer requests for clean energy alternatives. 

“In the course of the energy transition, new challenges are arising for our customers: new ways of using their plants, additional verification requirements, and significantly greater interest from the public,” representative of the owner family Patrik Rosen said. 

“All these factors require significantly more testing than before. We are now optimally positioned for this.”

ROSEN Group tests its inspection equipment in the outdoor area of the test site, with pull test, pump test and water test facilities. 

All laboratory tests are brought together centrally in the new test centre building, including material tests (now including hydrogen), sensor tests, endurance and wear resistance tests, data evaluation tests and climate simulation. 

All are carried out, verified and validated according to the latest ISO test procedures, among others. 

“In the energy landscape of tomorrow, environmentally friendly hydrogen will play a leading role worldwide,” said Rosen. 

“We are in a position to combine expert knowledge, state-of-the-art inspection technologies and extensive material testing procedures. The enlargement of the test site enables us to bundle all our test procedures in one place.

“With our hydrogen lab, we provide any material testing procedures for industry to help them efficiently repurpose existing gas networks for hydrogen transport and continue to operate reliably and safely,” Rosen said.

Hydrogen can change the properties of a pipeline to varying extent depending on steel grade, microstructure and hydrogen concentration. 

The properties of an existing pipeline must be reevaluated accordingly as part of rededications. 

The Emsland is a hydrogen model region with energy partners planning the development of a local hydrogen infrastructure, and ROSEN has been a partner since the beginning. 

According to ROSEN, there are plans in the works for a European pipeline network that will be gradually expanded starting in the mid-2020s, linking ‘hydrogen valleys’.

By 2040, the network is to comprise 23,000 km of pipelines in nine European countries.

The interior works for the test centre building are currently being fishing, with completion expected in early 2022. 

For more information visit the ROSEN Group website. 

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