Germany – Linde Engineering has been contracted to supply RWE with two 100-megawatt proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers for the GET H2 project in Germany.
With nearly two years till the target date, GET H2, one of Germany’s most advanced hydrogen projects, is stepping up the pace. RWE intends to start up the first of two units in 2024 on the site of its Lingen gas-fired power station.
The second plant is set to begin operations a year later. The two electrolyzers are part of RWE’s attempts as part of GET H2 to create a total of 300 MW of electrolyzer capacity in Lingen by 2026. The electrolyzers will generate green hydrogen for industrial clients by using renewable electricity.
Since May 2021, RWE’s four hydrogen projects have been considered for funding for “Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEI). The EU Commission has yet to approve funds from the German government and the state of Lower Saxony under state aid law.
Nonetheless, RWE has now placed the order to ensure that the commissioning dates of 2024 and 2025 are still feasible in the event of state aid approval. If there is another delay, these deadlines will be impossible to satisfy.
This does not imply that a final investment decision has been made. As a result, it is critical that RWE receive the notification as quickly as possible. The goal of the GET H2 collaborative initiative with national and European partners is to generate the critical mass required to build a supra-regional hydrogen infrastructure and develop a European hydrogen market.
RWE has declared its ambition to create at least 2 gigatonnes of electrolysis capacity for the production of green hydrogen by 2030 as part of its “Growing Green” plan. RWE is participating in over 30 projects worldwide, spanning the whole hydrogen value chain. The company is one of the world’s leading producers of renewable electricity. Furthermore, the firm specializes in the creation and storage of green hydrogen. RWE’s energy trading business may deliver on-demand hydrogen to industrial customers.