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Green hydrogen pilot facility to be built

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The European Commission has awarded the H2FUTURE project consortium the contract for the construction of one of the world’s largest electrolysis plants for producing green hydrogen.

The consortium consists of voestalpine, Siemens, Verbund and Austrian Power Grid (APG) as well as the research-partners K1-MET and ECN. The partners will work and research cooperatively on implementing a hydrogen demonstration plant at the voestalpine site in Linz, Austria.

Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director European Commission, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), said: “The FCH JU is thrilled to see the launch of such ground-breaking project. H2FUTURE gathers a constructive partnership which is decisive in the process of greening the industry while harnessing the power of renewables. This is key to position industry and the sector on the right way to help meeting the Cop 21 agreement targets. After having supported 25 projects in the field of electrolyser, the FCH JU is proud to see the birth of the most ambitious project in this field, aiming to build one of the largest PEM electrolyser.”

The FCH JU has allocated approximately €12 million in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme for implementing this project with the goal of producing green hydrogen. The green hydrogen for industrial use and for balancing the power reserve market will be produced in one of the largest and most modern electrolysers with proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology. The total project volume amounts to about €18 million over the course of 4.5 years.

The green hydrogen generated at the plant will be fed directly into the internal gas network, allowing the testing of the use of hydrogen in various process stages of steel production.

Siemens will supply the technology for the proton exchange membrane electrolyser. Verbund, the project coordinator, will provide electricity from renewable energy sources and is responsible for development of grid-relevant services.

Further partners in the project are the research institution ECN from the Netherlands , which is responsible for the scientific analysis of the demonstration operation and the transferability to other industrial sectors, and APG, which will provide support in integrating the plant into the power reserve markets.

The Austrian COMET Competence Center K1-MET provides its expertise in the operation of the plant and demonstrates the potential applications in the european and global steel sector.

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