Air Liquide transforms German network with renewable hydrogen electrolyser


Industrial gas giant Air Liquide has announced plans to build a plant to produce renewable hydrogen by electrolysis. Located in Oberhausen, Germany, the first phase of the project will see operations beginning in early 2023 and at a capacity of 20 megawatts (MW), reaching a total capacity of 30 MW in its second phase.

In order to ensure the project is completed efficiently the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy has granted public funding.

The unique nature of the project will see the new Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser being integrated into the existing local pipeline infrastructure of Air Liquide. This will allow renewable hydrogen produced from water and renewable electricity to supply one of the most industrialised regions of Germany.

Commenting on the further development of the energy transition, Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economics, said, “The market ramp-up of the H2 economy offers great economic opportunities, especially after the impact of the Corona Pandemic.”

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