FUTURE HYDROGEN TEST CENTER FOR BELGIUM

Opening in 2025


Operated by the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

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Demonstrating innovations

Demonstrating innovations

Interdisciplinary exchange & collaboration projects

Interdisciplinary exchange & collaboration projects

Qualification tests

Qualification tests

Safe Hydrogen Infrastructure in the center of Europe

Fundamental research

Fundamental research

Education & skills training

Education & skills training

The VKI is charged by the Federal Government to create and operate a shared generic infrastructure opened to external partners from academic, research centers and industry to perform their large-scale experimentation and qualification on site or remotely.

Experimental Capabilities

The measurement modules will be modular and interchangeable. The laboratory will be designed to perform experiments from scaled models to industrial real size. All thermodynamic status can be studied from gaseous, liquid to two-phase flow.

The capabilities will cover a wide application range over the value chain of hydrogen economy (not exhaustive list):

  • Fluid dynamics & heat transfer physics
  • Long duration storage
  • Advanced materials for new reservoirs / Material (metals) compatibility
  • Passive Autocatalytic Recombiners (PARs) for hydrogen removal
  • Hydrogen combustion in gas turbines
  • Fuel cells
  • Fueling procedures and protocols
  • Electrolyzes
  • Safety
  • Chemical reactions in hydrogen production (e.g. pyrolysis…)
  • Benchmarking: experiments for numerical and models validation
Experiments will be performed in confidential test room.

 

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Hydrogen is as a game changer in the new era of Energy Transition

- Reach a climate-neutral energy consumption
- De-carbonize heavy industry

VKI has 65 years of experience in experimental and numerical fluid dynamics. VKI Team daily designs and implements new experimental rigs, executes challenging measurement campaigns, performs advanced data post-processing, has sound understanding of measured complex physical phenomena… In addition, VKI has an in-depth knowledge of instrumentation and sensor, accuracy and precision maximization.”
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VKI Role and Offer

- Coordination of Test Center operations

- Ensure safe and optimal integration of partners and clients test module(s)

- Support in design and execution of experiments

- Training

- Advice in data collection and post-treatmentalgorithms

Get in touch with us

Peter Simkens

Peter SIMKENS

Business Development Manager
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Laura Peveroni

Laura PEVERONI

Senior Project Manager

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