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Consortium to investigate offshore hydrogen production

Consortium to investigate offshore hydrogen production

ITM Power, Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Element Energy have joined forces to investigate the feasibility and potential of combining an offshore wind turbine directly with an electrolyser and transporting renewable hydrogen to shore.

Under the name OYSTER project, the companies have received €5m in funding from The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public private partnership of the European Commission, to help operations .

In a statement released today (8th Jan), the group said the electrolyser system will be designed to be compact, to allow it to be integrated with a single offshore wind turbine, and to follow the turbine’s production profile.

The electrolyser system will further integrate desalination and water treatment processes, making it possible to use seawater as a feedstock for the electrolysis process.

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