The largest European electrolyzer with a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) started operating near Cologne in early July.
In the EU’s energy and chemical park, with the support of the EU, it produces green hydrogen. The Earth is thus a little closer to the imaginary degree of climate neutrality. The cell is part of the European Refhyne project and thanks to funding from ME through the joint venture, it is the first plant to use this technology on such a large scale in a refinery.
The cell will use renewable electricity to produce up to 1,300 tons of ecological hydrogen per year. It is expected to be used initially to produce low carbon fuels. Gradually, green hydrogen could also be used in industry, for domestic heating and for truck propulsion.
According to some experts, hydrogen could play one of the key roles in achieving the climate goals of the European Green Agreement. This will be done by helping to decarbonise the more difficult sectors in transport and industry, and thus co-create a low-carbon energy system.
The consortium supported by the project consists of SINTEF, Shell, Sphera, Element Energy and ITM Power. The last mentioned company manufactured by electrolyser at a plant in Sheffield in the British Isles and contains parts made in Italy, Sweden, Spain and Germany.
Climate neutrality in 2050
“To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, we need to fundamentally change our energy system.” said Bart Biebuyck, CEO of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
He added that pure hydrogen will play a key role in e-mobility and industry due to the potential for decarbonisation of sectors where direct use of renewable energy is not possible.
“Accordingly, we want to accelerate the market introduction of fuel cells and hydrogen technology and reap their benefits in Europe.” outlines Biebuyck’s plans for the future.
Vodíková Mirai came to the Czech Republic
Hydrogen fuel cell electric cars are already sold in Europe. One of the pioneers is the Toyota Mirai, which was already mentioned in the Czech Republic in its second generation, and which So far, more than 10,000 customers from all over the world have acquired more than 2015.
Toyota has not only stayed with passenger cars, it develops both hydrogen trucks and hydrogen vessels. The need for the construction of hydrogen filling stations will go hand in hand with the trend of hydrogen cells.