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.
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