Shell decides on building 200-MW electrolyser in Rotterdam

The hydrogen fuelling station Schnackenburgallee in Hamburg, Germany. Credit: Shell International Limited.

July 6 (Renewables Now) - British oil giant Shell Plc (LON:SHEL) has taken the final investment decision to build the Holland Hydrogen I project for the production of green hydrogen with a 200-MW electrolyser in the Netherlands.

The project will be developed by Shell Nederland BV and Shell Overseas Investments BV on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam. Upon completion in 2025, the electrolyser will be producing up to 60,000 kg of green hydrogen per day using electricity generated by the Hollandse Kust (Noord) offshore wind farm.

The output of the facility will be delivered to the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam through the HyTransPort pipeline, replacing a portion of the current grey hydrogen consumption of the refinery.

Presently, Shell owns and operates a 20-MW electrolyser in China and a 10-MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser in Germany. According to the company, this constitutes about 10% of the global capacity of installed electrolysis systems. The two facilities can produce 3,000 tonnes and 1,300 tonnes of hydrogen per year, respectively.

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