At the project site, situated within the Central German Chemical Triangle, the Sunfire electrolyser will be powered by a nearby wind farm, with the second phase planing to see the hydrogen stored in salt caverns.

Furthering this, H2 View understands, the hydrogen produced from the site will then be fed into local chemical industries’ hydrogen networks via a repurposed pipeline.

Commenting on the electrolyser order, Nils Aldag, CEO of Sunfire, said, “With this significant new order, we are making an important contribution to the successful ramp-up of the hydrogen economy as well as to the transformation of the chemical industry in Germany. We are happy to partner with Uniper to further scale up hydrogen production.”

Anticipated to develop the production, transport, storage and economic use of green hydrogen on an industrial scale in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the Bad Lauchstädt comes as an important step for ramping up the hydrogen economy in both Germany and Europe.

Axel Wietfeld, CEO of Hydrogen at Uniper, said, “The Bad Lauchstädt energy park covers the entire value chain including the production, transport, storage, distribution and use of green hydrogen. With Sunfire, we have found the ideal partner for realising the central pillar of the project. Together, we will drive forward the local energy transition.”

The project also comes at a time where hydrogen is being looked at as solution to secure future energy supply, independent of Russian fossil fuel imports in Europe.

Read more: ‘Our switch to renewables and hydrogen will make us truly independent of Russia,’ says European Commission President


An interactive platform for specialty talks on the latest hot topics and key trends, given by influential industry figures and authorities.

With the help of an actively engaged audience, there is opportunity for a collaborative Q&A session with discussions, debates and live feedback.

All of H2 View’s previous webinars are available on-demand for free; catch up here. And you can view H2 View’s 2022 webinar programme here.