RWE to supply Thyssenkrupp with green hydrogen from 100-MW plant
The transfer hub, where hydrogen is injected into the system. In the background: blast furnace 8. Photo by Thyssenkrupp. All rights reserved.
German energy group RWE AG (ETR:RWE) plans to install a 100-MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen and supply it to domestic industrial giant Thyssenkrupp.
The hydrogen, to be produced with electricity from renewable energy sources, will be used for iron production, Thyssenkrupp said on Wednesday. As part of the initiative, RWE has signed an agreement with Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe to develop and build the plant in Lingen and supply the industrial group’s Duisburg steel mill.
The electrolyser facility will be able to produce 1.7 tonnes of hydrogen per hour, equal to around 70% of the total required by the steelmaker’s blast furnace in Duisburg. First hydrogen from it is expected to flow by the middle of the decade.
RWE and Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe plan to collaborate with gas network operators and relevant authorities to transport the hydrogen from Lingen to the steel mill site in Duisburg. According to the two companies, hydrogen transportation via pipelines is the “most economical delivery option.”
Thyssenkrupp’s ultimate goal is to make its entire steel production carbon-neutral.
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