Trianel, Stadtwerke Hamm to build green hydrogen plant

from left to right: Stadwerke Hamm's managing director Reinhard Bartsch, Hamm's mayor Marc Herter and Trianel's head Sven Becker. Image by Trianel GmbH.

September 27 (Renewables Now) - German municipal utilities Trianel and Stadtwerke Hamm have agreed to build a production site for green hydrogen by 2024 at a gas power plant in the city of Hamm, North-Rhine Westphalia.

The project envisages the construction of an electrolysis system with a capacity of up to 20 MW which will initially supply green hydrogen for 30 new buses and up to 20 refuse collection vehicles in the city, Trianel said last week. The plant will be powered by offshore wind power from the North Sea or solar power from regional PV systems.

A joint company has been set up to implement the project. This represents a milestone in building a regional economy based on climate-neutral hydrogen in and around the city of Hamm and there is already interest from the logistics industry, said Trianel's head Sven Becker.

Demand for hydrogen in the region is expected to grow by 2024 as a number of local companies have already signalled interest in using it in their operations, while the available gas infrastructure can also be used.

The project is part of a broader strategy meant to strengthen Hamm as an industrial site and make it a hydrogen centre. The University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Weserbergland and the University of Hamm-Lippstadt are working currently on a study that should be the basis for the development of a hydrogen cluster in the region.

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