German oil refinery to build 30 MW hydrogen electrolysis plant

Companies involved in a hydrogen project at the Heide oil refinery near Hamburg said on Monday they would build a 30 megawatts (MW) electrolysis plant as a first step towards developing commercial-scale carbon-free energy.

Germany last month agreed a national hydrogen strategy to help to decarbonise the economy, including providing 9 billion euros (8.1 billion pounds) to help promote new projects that can make the transition from pilot status to production of marketable clean fuel.

The country is aiming for 5,000 MW of electrolysis capacity by 2030 to replace conventional and nuclear power and to develop fuel for heating and transport to eventually replace gas and oil.

The partners involved in the Heide refinery project, known as WESTKUESTE 100, received approval for 30 million euros in funding from the economy ministry. They are providing 59 million euros making at total investment of 89 million, they said.

The spending plans are modest but the size of the plant - at 30 MW - is a considered a game changer in the development of hydrogen as a fuel.


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