April 6 (Renewables Now) - A group of companies that includes units of Ørsted (CPH:ORSTED) and ThyssenKrupp (ETR:TKA) has submitted a full proposal for the production of green hydrogen that will be mixed with gas or used in the aviation industry.
The consortium comprises EDF Germany, Holcim Germany, OGE, Ørsted Germany, Raffinerie Heide, Stadtwerke Heide, Thuga and thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, as well as the Heide development agency and the Westkuste University of Applied Sciences. Their project was identified as one of Germany’s “real-world laboratories of the energy transition” in an ideas competition launched last year.
The so-called Westkueste 100 project envisages the construction of a 30-MW electrolyser in Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein state that will be powered by electricity from offshore wind parks. The produced hydrogen will then be used to make airplane fuel and will also be injected into the gas networks. The trial period for the project will be five years, while the scaling will potentially see the installation of a 700-MW electrolysis plant.
Apart from hydrogen derived through electrolysis, the fuel production process will use carbon dioxide (CO2) from a regional cement factory in Schleswig-Holstein to create aviation fuel or methanol.