March 12 (Renewables Now) - A group of companies led by French public research organisation CEA plans to install a 2.6-MW high-temperature electrolyser (HTE) to produce green hydrogen in Rotterdam.
The capacity could at a later stage be expanded up to 100 MW, according to the announcement on Wednesday.
Apart from CEA, the tie-up includes French energy major Engie SA (EPA:ENGI), Finnish renewable fuels producer Neste Oyj (HEL:NESTE), Luxembourg-based plant builder Paul Wurth and cleantech company Sunfire. Their MULTIPLHY project proposes the construction and operation of an electrolyser that will produce green hydrogen to be used for the production of biofuels.
The project is being developed at Neste's renewable products refinery in Rotterdam. It will demonstrate the integration of HTE in an industrial refining process. The system will be able to make 60 kg of green hydrogen per hour reaching an electrical efficiency of up to 85% AC to LHV H2.
"This project shows the great progress being made in bringing our green hydrogen production technologies to the next level and paving the readiness for a further scale up to 100 MW," said Nils Aldag, managing director of Sunfire.
The scheme is being funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.