Air Liquide recently received the first BMWi funding decision in Germany for its electrolyser with renewable electricity at its Oberhausen plant as part of Germany’s national hydrogen strategy.
The Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics, Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, has handed over a funding decision for the construction of a 20 MW electrolyser for the production of green hydrogen in Oberhausen to Air Liquide
Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker said: “With the, we have taken a decisive step towards further developing the energy transition. At the same time, the market ramp-up of the H2 economy offers great economic opportunities, especially after the cuts of the corona pandemic. The Ministry of Economic Affairs is therefore working flat out to create the regulatory and legal framework. Now we need concrete and ambitious projects. Air Liquide Germany’s “Trailblazer” project is exemplary in this context. Here it is shown how the sustainable transformation of and certain with “green” hydrogen can look like. At the same time, the project is a strong sign of the positioning of the Rhine / Ruhr area in the hydrogen sector. ”
Trailblazer is the first hydrogen project in Germany to be funded within the framework of the National Hydrogen Strategy (NWS) with funds from the economic stimulus package. The project also marks the beginning of the partnership between Air Liquide and Siemens Energy in the field of electrolysis, with the first electrolyser on a world scale. It is the first large-scale German project that, through funding, illustrates the opportunities of green hydrogen for climate policy and Germany as an industrial location.
The electrolyser will be connected to Air Liquide’s existing hydrogen pipeline to supply key industries with renewable hydrogen. The green hydrogen produced is to be used, for example, in the refinery sector and the steel and chemical industries.