16/02/2021 - Renewablesby Vincent Designolle, Guillaume Néel and Florian Thébault
Exploring new hydrogen storage areasThe HyStorIES project – part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 initiative – aims to go beyond salt caverns, exploring alternative subsurface solutions for hydrogen storage. Spearheaded by Geostock Group, the two-year project brings together a range of global energy providers, materials experts, engineers, equipment manufacturers and researchers, including experts from Vallourec. Their goal is to determine the feasibility of storing hydrogen in aquifers and depleted oil and gas fields, identifying challenges and opportunities associated with these subsurface areas.
Vallourec steps in with key expertiseIn January, Vallourec became a member of the advisory board for the HyStorIES project, with participants joining from our Paris headquarters and our R&D center in northern France. We will be a key partner for Geostock, as well as Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria, which will be in charge of the technical work package. Vallourec will provide particular expertise for the materials and corrosion assessment stage of the project. Our experts have longstanding experience working with steels and metal, and are familiar with their reactions to hydrogen, including souring, embrittlement, fatigue and gas permeation.
Vincent DesignolleVincent joined Vallourec in 2017 as Strategy Director. In 2020 he joined the Energy Transition Office as Hydrogen Cluster Director, heading up Vallourec’s business development in emerging hydrogen markets. A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Mines Paristech, Vincent worked for nine years at the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the Ministry of the Environment in roles ranging from industrial safety to pollution control and market regulation.
Guillaume NéelAs Metallurgy and Corrosion Group Leader for OCTG, Guillaume is at the crossroads of Vallourec’s M&D and R&D teams and production sites worldwide. Having worked for the Group since 2007, Guillaume has held various roles, including process and production engineer, industrialization and rolling mill process coordinator, and R&D project manager for Chromium and CRA materials. He is a senior expert with experience in pipe manufacturing processes and material selection for downhole applications.
Florian ThébaultFlorian is a Principal Corrosion Engineer at Vallourec Research Center in France with more than ten years’ experience on the cracking resistance of steels in hydrogenating environments for linepipe and OCTG applications. He joined Vallourec Group in 2008 after completing a PhD in Corrosion Science and a master’s degree at ESIREM. Florian is involved in standardization working groups at NACE International and with the corrosion committee of European Pipeline Research Group (EPRG).