Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä and Chairman of P2X Solutions’ Board Esa Härmälä attended the ceremony among other guests.
Lintilä said, “The actual construction of hydrogen projects commencing in Satakunta today is part of the positive change that is taking place in the energy industry but has been overshadowed by the energy crisis so far. However, that is why the green transition is being accelerated by energy self-sufficiency in addition to environmental reasons. We must also remember that there is market demand for example for green steel, in the production of which hydrogen plays an important role. Additionally, hydrogen is crucial for the heavy transport sector.”
Esa Härmälä, Chairman of the Board of P2X Solutions, said, “Today, we are making history in Finnish industry in Harjavalta. Once completed in 2024, P2X Solutions’ plant will open the market for Finnish green hydrogen. We believe that the Harjavalta plant is only the first development step in taking Finland to the top of the European hydrogen economy.”
Herkko Plit, CEO of P2X Solutions, said the first large-scale hydrogen plant creates significant know-how in Finland on the national and international level and employs several experts in various business areas and on multiple levels of the value chain.
Renewable green hydrogen and synthetic methane can help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of industry and transport and thus support the achievement of climate and environmental targets.
P2X Solutions, established in 2020, is a sustainable Finnish pioneer in green hydrogen and Power-to-X technology. It aims to achieve 1GW of electrolysis capacity by 2031.
In 2021, P2X Solutions’ Harjavalta plant received an approximately €26m grant for new energy technology from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, and the project has received funding from the Climate Fund.
Norwegian company Blastr Green Steel (Blastr) recently announced it is planning to establish a green steel plant with an integrated hydrogen production facility in Inkoo, Finland.