Siemens with CO2 Free Hydrogen production plant in GermanyWritten by Chris Kwacz
Siemens signed a contract with WUN H2 to to build one of the largest hydrogen production plants in Wunsiedel, Bavaria, Germany. With a power of over 6 MegaWatts in the initial phase, the plant will run 100% on renewable energy and will be totally CO2-free! The electrolysis plant from Siemens Energy will have the capacity to produce over 900 tons of hydrogen per year in this first phase!
When fully expanded, the Siemens Hydrogen Plant will be able to supply up to 2,000 tons of pure hydrogen yearly. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the end of this year and commissioning at the end of 2021.
The plant in Wunsiedel will serve as a model for all of Germany. It will convert the renewable energy available in this region, e.g., from photovoltaics and wind power, into storable hydrogen (H2), making it available for applications in mobility and industry. This is especially useful when, on sunny and windy days, more energy from renewable sources is produced than needed.
The project will give the northern Bavaria region its very own hydrogen source. Until now, gas for end customers had to travel a relatively long way. The hydrogen will be filled into gas cylinders for local distribution and shipped by truck to local and regional end customers, mostly in Upper Franconia, the Upper Palatinate, southern Thuringia and Saxony, as well as Western Bohemia (Czech Republic).
Uwe Bartmann, CEO of Siemens Germany says: “This project is another element of a practised, successful technology partnership between Siemens and SWW Wunsiedel GmbH. We want to achieve locally already today what Germany is targeting for 2050, namely a complete energy transition across all sectors.”
“For the first time, the oxygen and the low-temperature waste heat generated during production are planned to be reused by nearby industrial operations. This will result in maximum energy efficiency and a plant that is unique because all element flows will be utilized. In addition, electrolysis is an important building block toward implementing the ‘WUNsiedeler Weg – energy’, where we make sustainably energy use and climate protection a reality,” explained Marco Krasser, CEO of SWW Wunsiedel GmbH.
Germany has pledged to be greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050. To this end, all sectors that use energy, such as transportation and industry, must press ahead with decarbonization.