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SKF funds hydrogen research, speeding up development of fossil-free bearing steel

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Through a partnership with the CH2ESS program at Lule University of Technology, SKF is assisting in the development of fossil-free bearing steel.

SKF will engage in and support research into the use of hydrogen in industrial processes and energy systems as part of the cooperation, accelerating the development of fossil-free bearing steel.

SKF Technology President Victoria Van Camp says: “Mechanical components are critical for future hydrogen systems to function and operate properly. Together with CH2ESS and its partners, we can contribute to the development of strong, dependable hydrogen systems that have the least possible environmental and operational costs. This will help not just Swedish business, but also worldwide technological development for the hydrogen economy of the future.”

Hybrid ceramic bearings, electric vehicles (EVs), and other applications will be studied, as well as the development and commercialization of fossil-free bearing steel manufacturing. The work will benefit from SKF’s experience in fluid machinery, material science, manufacturing technology, and IoT solutions.

Rikard Gebart, CH2ESS Program Manager and Energy Engineering Professor at Lule University of Technology, says: “We are overjoyed that SKF has agreed to join CH2ESS, our competence center. SKF’s extensive experience in a number of strategically critical areas is a welcome complement to CH2ESS’s existing knowledge base. We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in which we can jointly solve the many critical issues raised by hydrogen technology.”

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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