The state Government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) confirmed the funding is aimed to support the development of a 100MW electrolyser facility for hydrogen production at INEOS’ site in Köln/Dormagen.

H2 View understands, the feasibility study will investigate how the green hydrogen plant can be effectively implemented at the INEOS chemical site, with the state funding covering approximately quarter of the costs.

INEOS has said the Köln-based project, which forms part of its €2bn ($2.09bn) package of green hydrogen projects across Europe, could reduce GHG emissions more than 100,000 tonnes annually.

Read more: INEOS invests over €2bn in European hydrogen production sites

Dr. Stephan Müller, Commercial Energy Manager at INEOS, commented, “Water electrolysis for the production of green hydrogen is an incredibly important component of our ambitious sustainability agenda with the goal of reaching net zero by 2045. The funding decision shows the significance that the state of NRW attaches to our project.”

It is hoped the project could deliver a contribution to the implementation of both European and German hydrogen strategies, while also helping to meet North Rhine-Westphalia’s climate targets laid out in its hydrogen roadmap.

The state’s roadmap, unveiled in November 2020, plans to install 100km (62 miles) of a hydrogen pipeline network, and deploy 400 fuel cell trucks on roads by 2025.

Read more: North Rhine-Westphalia hydrogen roadmap presented by Minister Pinkwart

Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Former Minister for Economics and Innovation, said, “The project is an important step on the way to a climate-neutral chemical industry in North Rhine-Westphalia.

“North Rhine-Westphalia will become a model location for innovative value chains and the project shows how important hydrogen is in this process. In the future, the project can supply not only the Köln Chempark but also logistics with green hydrogen. We need precisely such holistic projects to be successful in the transformation.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.