Neste moves forward with green hydrogen project in Rotterdam


The NetherlandsNeste has begun the execution phase with its MultiPLHY consortium partners.

The MultiPLHY project aims to install, integrate, and operate the world’s first multi-megawatt-scale (2.4 MW) high-temperature electrolyzer system at Neste’s renewable products refinery in Rotterdam to demonstrate the production of green hydrogen for the refinery’s processes. Sunfire provides the high-temperature electrolyzer technology.

The MultiPLHY project began in early 2020, and the conceptual design has been completed while the detailed engineering is being finalized. Neste will continue with the construction work in the following phase. The MultiPLHY consortium partners, in addition to Neste and Sunfire, include CEA, a French public research organization; Paul Wurth, an engineering company and technology provider; and ENGIE, a global reference in low-carbon energy and services.

Demonstrating high-temperature electrolyzer technology is a significant step forward in the Power-to-X field. Sunfire, an electrolysis company, will supply the project’s multi-megawatt electrolyzer, which will be based on the innovative SOEC (solid oxide electrolysis cell) technology and will operate at high temperatures of 850 °C. The high-temperature electrolyzer uses significantly less electricity to produce one kilogram of green hydrogen due to the use of heat.

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking provided funding for the MultiPLHY project under grant agreement No. 875123. The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Hydrogen Europe, and Hydrogen Europe research all contribute to the success of this Joint Undertaking.