TES, EWE plan to build 500-MW electrolyser at Wilhelmshaven hub in Germany
Render of the Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub. Image source: Tree Energy Solutions.
Belgium-based hydrogen company Tree Energy Solutions (TES) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German utility EWE to build a 500-MW electrolyser at the green energy hub in the Wilhelmshaven port, Germany.
TES announced the MoU on Friday, saying that its proposed Wilhelmshaven hub on the North Sea Cost can accommodate up to 2 GW of electrolysis capacity plugged into renewable sources such as offshore wind to produce green hydrogen. TES and EWE plan to install 500 MW at first and potentially add another unit to reach a total capacity of 1 GW, according to the announcement.
Both companies will be involved in the design, construction and operation of the electrolysis plant and benefit from synergies, among others, using oxygen from the reaction in other green energy processes, TES said.
The electrolyser could start operations in 2028.
TES selected Wilhelmshaven as it is Germany’s only deep-water port. It is also located to close to existing onshore wind farms and offshore wind projects planned in the German North Sea. The firm’s green energy hub there is designed to become part production site and part dock that will handle imports of hydrogen and other green gases produced in countries with plenty of renewable energy resources.
TES expects to take the final investment decision on the hub project around the end of 2023.
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