World’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant


ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, together with Shell, will be building a new hydrogen (H2) electrolysis plant – the largest of its kind in the world.

The PEM plant will be built at Rhineland refinery, Germany and will have a peak capacity of 10 megawatts (MW). The H2 will be used for the processing and upgrading of products at the refinery’s Wesseling site as well as testing the technology and exploring application in other sectors.

The European partner consortium of Shell, ITM Power, SINTEF, thinkstep and Element Energy has now secured €10m in funding from the European ‘Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking’. The project’s total investment, including integration into the refinery, is approximately €20m.

Detailed technical planning and the approval process will now begin. The plant, named ‘Refhyne’ is scheduled to be in operation in 2020 and will be the first industrial scale test of the polymer electrolyte membrane technology process.

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