Ørsted, Uniper plan green hydrogen production on Germany's North Sea cost

Source: Twitter, @OrstedUK

September 21 (Renewables Now) - Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and German energy company Uniper SE (ETR:UN01) are planning a strategic partnership aimed at the large-scale production of hydrogen from offshore wind power at the Wilhelmshaven site on the German North Sea coast.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding and their plan is backed by transmission system operator TenneT which will help with the transportation of wind power to land, Uniper said on Monday.

The partnership includes the construction of a 70-MW electrolysis plant in 2025 at the Wilhelmshaven site which Uniper decided to develop into a green hydrogen hub instead of building a floating LNG terminal there. The capacity of the electrolysis facility will be upgraded to 410 MW by 2030, while the electricity needed for the separation of hydrogen and oxygen will be supplied from Ørsted's offshore wind turbines.

The project will benefit from the proximity of the Wilhelmshaven site to the coast and the availability of substations and is expected to help avoid potential grid bottlenecks.

"By integrating offshore wind and hydrogen, we can significantly support industries such as the chemical, steel or transport sectors in their decarbonization," said Axel Wietfeld, CEO of Uniper Hydrogen.

In April, Uniper announced a plan to build an import terminal for green ammonia, including an ammonia cracker for producing green hydrogen, as well as a 410-MW electrolysis plant in Wilhelmshaven. The terminal and the plant are projected to have the capacity of supplying around 295,000 metric tonnes primarily to the local industry and meet about 10% of the demand expected for the whole of Germany in 2030.

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