ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce the opening yesterday of Gasunie's Hystock green hydrogen plant in Veendam near Groningen in the Netherlands. Gasunie manages and maintains the infrastructure for the large-scale transport and storage of gas in the Netherlands and the northern part of Germany.
ITM Power supplied the 1MW PEM electrolyser system which will use renewable energy and water to generate hydrogen. The electrolyser is located at EnergyStock's Zuidwending salt cavern storage facility in northern Netherlands, and the generated hydrogen will be either used on-site or dispensed into tube trailers for supply to future hydrogen refuelling stations.
Prof Roger Putnam CBE, Chairman of ITM Power, who attended the ceremony, commented: "Hydrogen is a key element in the transition to a fully renewable energy system; we now need immediate political and industry action to accelerate the adoption of renewable hydrogen."
Gasunie's announcement is set out below.
King Willem-Alexander opens sustainable HyStock hydrogen plant
This morning, Wednesday 26 June, King Willem-Alexander opened Gasunie's HyStock green hydrogen plant in Veendam, near Groningen. This plant is the first step in creating the hydrogen supply chain of the future, which will see green energy converted, stored and transported to customers. It is also a key, specific measure that will help make the Netherlands sustainable and carbon-neutral. During his visit, the King saw various uses of hydrogen in the manufacturing and mobility sectors.
The HyStock hydrogen plant converts 1 megawatt of sustainable electricity to green hydrogen and is the first to apply this process on a serious scale. Gasunie's aim is to achieve large-scale and profitable storage of hydrogen in the company's EnergyStock underground gas storage facilities in the near future. The hydrogen can then be used as a sustainable source of energy, including when solar and wind energy are unavailable.
"Hydrogen is a key element of the energy supply of the future," explains Han Fennema, CEO Gasunie. "The HyStock hydrogen plant is the first specific step towards really making an effort to achieve the required further growth in the use of sustainable hydrogen throughout the chain, from production to usage. We will be able to make part of our existing infrastructure suitable for the transport and storage of hydrogen by 2030. This sustainable reuse of the existing gas network will help to keep our energy supply reliable and affordable."
Since large-scale transport and storage of hydrogen is expected to be easy, reliable and affordable, hydrogen can play a key role as a clean energy carrier for manufacturing, mobility and the built environment. Converting electricity into hydrogen is a way of using the expected future surpluses of sustainable electricity. HyStock is the start of the future hydrogen market and therefore helps to achieve the goal of making the Netherlands and Europe carbon-neutral.
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Gasunie is a leading European energy infrastructure company whose core activities are gas transport and gas storage. The Company serves the public interest and facilitates the energy transition by providing integrated infrastructure services. It focuses on value creation for its sole shareholder, the Dutch State, and its other stakeholders and applies the highest safety and business standards used in the sector. Through networks in the Netherlands and Germany, Gasunie transports nearly a quarter of the total gas consumption in the European Union. The Company's employees are spread over more than 30 locations in the Netherlands and northern Germany with offices in The Hague, Brussels and Moscow. Gasunie is headquartered in Groningen (the Netherlands), and the main office in Germany is located in Hanover.
About ITM Power
ITM Power plc manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of green hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. In September 2017, the Company announced the completion of a £29.4m working capital fundraise. The Company signed a forecourt siting agreement with Shell for hydrogen refuelling stations in September 2015, which was extended in May 2019 to include buses, trucks, trains and ships, and subsequently a deal to deploy a 10MW electrolyser at Shell's Rhineland refinery. The Company entered into a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Sumitomo Corporation in July 2018 for the development of multi-megawatt projects in Japan. Additional customers and partners include Ørsted, National Grid, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, Gasunie, RWE, Engie, BOC Linde, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Anglo American among others.
Construction starts on the world’s largest PEM electrolyser at Shell’s Rheinland Refinery
Ground-breaking ceremony for a new hydrogen electrolysis plant at the Shell Rheinland refinery in Wesseling, Germany, that will help contribute to a cleaner, lower-carbon energy future.
Brussels/Cologne, June 25th, 2019: Construction of the new plant, which features advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) technology, is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020. The plant will produce up to 1,300 tons of hydrogen per year when operating at peak rates.
Hydrogen will be produced using electricity instead of natural gas. Producing hydrogen with electricity generated from renewable power sources could help significantly reduce CO2 emissions from the Shell Rheinland refinery.
“Oil products will continue to play an important role in the decades ahead, and this project means we will be able to make more and cleaner fuels, bitumen and base chemicals“, explained Frans Dumoulin, Director of the Shell Rheinland Refinery. “At the same time, we want to contribute to accelerating the use of hydrogen in transport and other sectors.”
Hydrogen can play an important role in the energy transition. Today, hydrogen is already being used in fuel cell vehicles and in industrial applications. In transport, hydrogen can help improve local air quality, as fuel cell vehicles only emit water vapor.
“Renewable energy is becoming increasingly important for Shell”, said Dr. Thomas Zengerly, Chairman of the Management Board of Shell Deutschland Oil. “Royal Dutch Shell has set up its own business unit specifically for this purpose: New Energies.”
Shell expects a new hydrogen model region to be set up in the Cologne area, based on activities around filling stations, cars and buses. The project is based on the idea of a “hydrogen model region” that can jointly demonstrate the potential of hydrogen in the energy turnaround.”
On behalf of the state government of Northrhine-Westfalia, Christoph Dammermann, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy, NRW, welcomed the construction of the plant: “Hydrogen has great potential for a climate-neutral energy system of the future. Produced from renewable electricity, it can serve as an important energy carrier and longterm storage in the transport, heating and industrial sectors and thus become a key element for the energy and traffic transition.”
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, EU Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, said: “FCH-JU funded projects like REFHYNE give the opportunity to European electrolyser industry to build equipment that meets the strict standards of the European refining industry. They will help reducing the CO2 footprint of large industrial processes through the production of green hydrogen.”
Simon Bourne, Chief Technical Officer of ITM Power, said: “This ground breaking of the world’s largest PEM electrolyser is an important moment for ITM Power and our partners. Working with Shell has been a real privilege for us and the process has transformed our market offering as a result. Large scale electrolysis is now seen as an important element in the decarbonization of key industrial processes and the REFHYNE project lays the first building block to 100MW industrial plants and beyond.”