The hydrogen produced from Xebec’s Hy.GEN on-site electrolyser will be used by Desmet’s major customers in North Africa as a means for a hydrogenation process.

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By utilising hydrogen for the hydrogenation process, a process that is used to keep foods fresher for extended periods of time, could not only support decarbonisation but also enable food to be kept in the area for longer periods.

This showcases the diverse nature of hydrogen and its potential across sectors.

Marinus van Driel, President of Xebec Europe, said, “We are excited to receive our first electrolyser order for this use case from Desmet Ballestra. They are a worldwide leader in the fields of engineering, supply of plants and equipment for oils and fats, and oleochemicals.

“This is great validation of our electrolysis offering which adds to the breadth of our decentralised hydrogen generation technology portfolio.

“To date, we have successfully delivered four Hy.GEN systems, which are based on steam methane reforming process for food hydrogenation at facilities located in Bangladesh and Colombia.

“We feel that it is important to give customers the option to choose the most appropriate technology for their needs. Xebec believes this agnostic approach will be valuable to customers going forward as they consider the lifecycle costs and carbon emissions from their gas supply.”

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