BP has today (10th Nov) revealed it is joining forces with Danish renewable energy group Orsted to build a 50MW electrolyser and associated infrastructure at its Lingen Refinery in north west Germany.
The electrolyser will be powered by renewable energy generated by an Orsted offshore wind firm in the North Sea and the hydrogen produced will be used in the refinery.
It is expected to produce one tonne an hour of green hydrogen or almost 9,000 tonnes a year.
According to BP, this would be sufficient to replace around 20% of the refinery’s current grey hydrogen consumption, avoiding around 80,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions a year – equivalent to the emissions from around 45,000 cars in Germany.
The British oil major said this green hydrogen project, anticipated to be operational by 2024, is a “significant step” in developing its hydrogen business.
The project is also intended to support a longer-term ambition to build more than 500MW of renewable-powered electrolysis capacity at Lingen.
This could provide green hydrogen to both meet all the refinery’s hydrogen demand and provide feedstock for potential future synthetic fuel production, BP said.
Dev Sanyal, BP’s Executive Vice-President for Gas and Low Carbon, said, “Hydrogen will have an increasing role to play in meeting the energy demands of a decarbonising world. And we are determined to build a leading position in this emerging industry.”
“Bringing together Orsted and BP, Lingen Green Hydrogen offers the opportunity both to accelerate significant emissions reduction in our refinery and build experience of large-scale green hydrogen production and deployment.”
“This has the potential to play an important role in the development of a hydrogen economy, in Germany and beyond.”