Linde has today (18th August) unveiled plans to build, own and operate a two-megawatt electrolyser plant in Austria to supply the semiconductor industry with green hydrogen.

To be developed at an Infineon Technologies site, the plant will produce hydrogen by utilising proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology from UK-based ITM Power. 

Formalising the plans, Linde has inked a long-term agreement with Infineon Technologies for the on-site production and storage of high-purity green hydrogen, alongside other industrial gases.

The move will mark the first-time green hydrogen is used in Infineon’s semiconduction manufacturing process as part of the company’s plane to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

On this, Thomas Reisinger, Board Member Operations at Infineon Technologies Austria, said, “Finding sustainable methods of manufacturing is essential to achieving our climate targets.”

“By introducing an electrolysis system at the Infineon Villach site, we are equipping ourselves for the future by securing the essential supply of high-purity hydrogen while reducing our emissions.”

Alongside the electrolyser plant, Linde will also construct a compact air separation unit at the site to deliver a reliable supply of nitrogen in addition to a bulk storage system to supply additional industrial gases.

Both Linde facilities are expected to start up in 2022.

On the developments, Veerle Slenders, President Region Europe West, Linde, said, “We are proud to work with Infineon to pioneer the use of green hydrogen in the semiconductor industry.”

“Linde has supplied Infineon for over 20 years and we are pleased to support our customer’s sustainability initiatives through the use of technology and smart solutions.”