Austria to gain its ‘first’ off-site green hydrogen production facility

Austria to gain its ‘first’ off-site green hydrogen production facility

Austria will gain its ‘first’ off-site green hydrogen production facility as the country aims to support domestic projects with locally made hydrogen.

Revealed today (Nov 15), Energie Steiermark will develop the green hydrogen production facility in Gabersdorf, Southern Styria, with the plant to cover an area of 10,000 square metres.

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The aim of this project is to produce 300 tonnes of green hydrogen per year as demand for the clean energy carrier is expected to soar in the coming years.

Interest is growing in the project too with Wolfram Bergbau & Hütten AG having secured 840,000 cubic metres of hydrogen (70 tonnes) annually to make the company’s operations more sustainable from October 2022.

Christian Purrer and Martin Graf, Chief Executives of Energia Steiermark, said, “This is an additional step in our comprehensive sustainability strategy. Construction will start in spring 2022, and completion is planned for the end of the year.

“The aim is to produce up to 300 tonnes of green hydrogen per year, which would enable a hydrogen-powered car to cover over 40 million kilometres. The project will save up to 5,200 tons of CO2 emissions annually.”

Andreas Bock and Alex Nieuwpoort of Wolfram Bergbau & Hütten AG said “The contract with Energie Steiermark enables us to get started with “green hydrogen” and to strengthen our sustainability strategy.

“The proximity of our own facility in St. Martin im Sulmtal to the hydrogen production plant represents an additional contribution to supplying our state-of-the-art metallurgy plants from within the region.

“This new production facility and the accompanying research project send a clear signal across Europe in terms of the energy transition.

“At the same time, the cooperation with the Climate and Energy Fund will enable us to further expand our green partnership with industry.”

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