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Ørsted & Partners Secure Funding for Renewable Hydrogen Project WESTKÜSTE 100 in Germany

Power News - Published on Fri, 07 Aug 2020

Image Source: Ørsted Renewable Hydrogen Project WESTKÜSTE 100
Partners of the WESTKÜSTE 100 project received funding confirmation from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy as the first large-scale hydrogen project in Germany within the Reallabor framework. Producing hydrogen has traditionally been associated with high carbon emissions, but by using renewable electricity, e.g. from an offshore wind farm, the process of producing hydrogen from water (electrolysis) can be completely decarbonised. Energy-intensive industries and the transportation sector will have the opportunity to reduce their carbon intensity by using renewable hydrogen.

The purpose of the Westküste 100 project is to make industrial processes, aviation, construction and heating more sustainable in the future. The 'Westküste 100' project models a regional hydrogen economy on an industrial scale. The conditions on Northern Germany's west coast are ideal for this: A strong wind energy region meets innovative companies that want to contribute to reaching the crucial climate targets.

The project has a total budget of EUR 89 million. The approved funding for the project, starting on 1 August 2020, amounts to EUR 30 million. A total of ten partners have joined forces to form the consortium: EDF Germany, Holcim Germany, OGE, Ørsted, Raffinerie Heide, Stadtwerke Heide, Thüga and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, together with the Region Heide Development Agency and the Fachhochschule Westküste (West Coast University of Applied Sciences).

With the grant approval from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, the Westküste 100 project can now enter its first phase. This first phase includes a number of elements. A newly founded joint venture, "H2 Westküste GmbH", consisting of EDF Germany, Ørsted and the Heide refinery, intends to build a 30 megawatt electrolyser. This can produce green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and provide information on the operation, maintenance, control and grid services of the plant. Furthermore, pipeline transportation of hydrogen and the use of hydrogen in existing and new infrastructure around Heide will be tested. The consortium will also initiate the work to develop the vision of a large-scale sector coupling including a 700MW electrolyser system into a concrete project. This will require a significant R&D and engineering effort.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 07 Aug 2020
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