Uniper mulls German hydrogen hub with terminal, 410-MW electrolyser

Hydrogen tanks. Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

April 19 (Renewables Now) - German energy company Uniper SE (ETR:UN01) plans to create a hub for "climate-friendly" hydrogen in Wilhelmshaven that will feature a 410-MW electrolysis plant and an import terminal.

The company said last week it is working on a feasibility study for its "Green Wilhelmshaven" initiative with potential commissioning of the terminal in the second half of the decade. The hub would be able to meet 10% of the expected German demand in 2030, providing 295,000 tonnes of hydrogen, Uniper said.

The plan includes the development of an import terminal for green ammonia that will have an "ammonia cracker" for producing green hydrogen.

According to Uniper chief operating officer David Bryson, Germany would be reliant on imports if it wants to use hydrogen for reaching climate targets. "Currently, Germany plans to generate 14 TWh of green hydrogen in 2030, but the demand for that year is forecast to be 90–100 TWh," Bryson said.

Uniper initially looked at building a floating import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the site, but a market test in October 2020 showed insufficient interest from the LNG sector.

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