ZSW, Ecoclean plan series production for electrolysers in Baden-Wuerttemberg

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January 21 (Renewables Now) - German renewable energy research centre ZSW and industrial parts cleaning specialist Ecoclean GmbH are working together to develop a series production for electrolysers in the state of Baden Wuerttemberg with production set to start in 2023.

Each electrolyser will be based on the alkaline electrolysis technology in the 1 MW class that was developed by ZSW. Comprising two electrolysis blocks of 0.5 MW each, the system will deliver 20 kg of hydrogen per hour with an efficiency rate of 70%, ZSW said on Thursday.

The partners aim to produce about 80 electrolysers per year at Ecoclean's factory in Dettingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Alkaline electrolysis is a tested and robust technology that can be scaled and does not require the use of resource-critical precious metals and rare-earth elements, said Marc-Simon Loeffler, head of the Renewable Energy Sources unit at ZSW.

ZSW and Ecoclean seek to launch industrial-scale production quickly in order to keep up with the dynamic market development as they see huge opportunities for the export of electrolysis technology from Germany to preferred Power-to-X (P2X) regions where solar and wind energy is generated at low costs.

The EcoLyzer BW project will run by March 2024 and has received EUR 2.1 million (USD 2.38m) in financing from Baden Wuerttemberg's environment ministry. More companies from the supplier industry in the state are expected to join the project.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.134)

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