Royal 'approval'

28. June 2019

On the 26th of June, His Majesty King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands opened the hydrogen installation from Gasunie, in Veendam in the province of Groningen.

The HyStock hydrogen installation is the first electrolyser for so called 'green' hydrogen in the Netherlands. It will use sustainable solar energy to convert water into hydrogen. The hydrogen will be used as energy carrier, with the major benefit that it can be easily stored for future use.

Together with Groningen Seaports, SoluForce was at this event with its Flexible Composite Pipe (FCP, also known as RTP) solution. With this piping system, SoluForce responds to an important future role in the total value chain for hydrogen distribution and transportation.

Our King Willem Alexander was impressed with the Dutch designed and produced SoluForce FCP system and signed a sample of the SoluForce pipe to mark the occasion.

Later this year, SoluForce and Groningen Seaports will realize the hydrogen backbone in Eemshaven. 

About Pipelife

Pipelife is one of the world's largest producers of composites pipes and fittings. Pipelife has approximately 2700 employees worldwide over 26 locations. It is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, as part of Wienerberger AG.

About SoluForce

SoluForce is a leader in research, development, production, delivery and installation of flexible composite pipe systems, with a strong focus on quality, safety and reliability. SoluForce is a PipeLife brand created in 1999. SoluForce flexible composite pipes have built a proven track record in the oil and gas sector, with over 3.500km installed in all parts of the world since the year 2000. It has several advantages over traditional metal pipes, such as their flexibility, durability, and significantly reduced capital and operational expenditures. The SoluForce system and production is certified according to international standards such as API and ISO.

About Wienerberger AG

Wienerberger is the world's largest producer of bricks (Porotherm, Terca) and the market leader in clay roof tiles (Koramic, Tondach) in Europe as well as concrete pavers (Semmelrock) in Central and Eastern Europe. In pipe systems (Steinzeug-Keramo ceramic pipes and Pipelife plastic pipes), the company is one of the leading suppliers in Europe. With its total of 197 production sites, the Wienerberger Group generated revenues of € 3.120 million and EBITDA of € 415 million in 2017.

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