Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Shell, Vattenfall, and Warme Hamburg have penned an agreement that will inform the development of a green hydrogen energy plant in Germany. Initially, the companies intended to develop a 100MW electrolyzer at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant before further analysis and decision to expand it into a green hydrogen energy facility. These partners have vowed to venture the potential of this facility expanding to generate more renewable energy. However, these activities will be waiting for authentication by the authorities before initiating green hydrogen generation through the next four years. These companies are hopeful that the Common European Interest program can financially support them through the EU Important Projects provision.
Additionally, this process will be useful in the first phase of this year when the partners design the project’s outline. The four companies explained that the site is perfect for this project because it has access to both the national 380,000-volt transmission network and the 110,000-volt network of the City of Hamburg. Moreover, ships can communicate with the operators at bay to develop a terminal in this area, creating a new venture that the companies can invest their profits. The companies can also provide a hydrogen network to supplement the government provisions and develop infrastructure to ensure they venture the remote areas with this technology promoting the transition to clean energy. A spokesperson for this project pointed that the neighborhood is a group of potential customers yearning for power that can meet their needs whenever they want.
Initially, Vattenfall had purchased this site from Hamburgische Electricitats-Werke, which had developed a gas-fired power plant in the area. Vattenfall then converted the plant into a coal-fired power plant, which has been operational for the last six years. After securing a contract, Vattenfall halted these activities that would see it phase out the emissive electricity production processes. The company will provide further details on the next step forward for this plant in March. Nevertheless, Hamburg and Vattenfall are in the process of preparing the site for the implementation of the green hydrogen energy project. Vattenfall’s chief of strategic development, Andreas Regnell, stated that this site’s transition to a carbon-free hydrogen power plant would pedal the region towards decarbonization and promotion of clean energy strategies.
Regnell added that they want to provide renewable energy to their market while expanding their facilities to reach more customers. This move would help the company provide its support in the quest to achieve the climate change objectives. The CEO of Shell, Fabian Ziegler, stated that they want to be part and parcel of this transformative plan to explore the supply chain to reach hydrogen power. On the other hand, MHI’s chief of energy systems, Kentaro Hosomi, highlighted that they want to implement their expertise and technologies through such collaborative projects.