French utility Engie has joined a pioneering project to build a multi-megawatt high-temperature electrolyser that generates renewable hydrogen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Part of the EU Horizon 2020 FCH2-JU programme, the MULTIPLHY project brings together Neste, CEA, Paul Wurth and Sunfire.
According to the partners, the project marks the first demonstration of a high-temperature electrolyser in an industrial refining process, with a nominal power input of 2.6MW and a hydrogen production capacity of 60kg/h.
By the end of 2024, the consortium expects to produce about 960 tonnes of renewable hydrogen, thus avoiding the emission of approximately 8,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
Engie said it will contribute its expertise at all stages of the project, including the engineering and preparation of the site for operational commissioning, the integration of the electrolyser, the definition of the facility testing protocol, participating in the supply of energy, developing the economic model of the facility, and obtaining the certification of renewable hydrogen through the CertifHy system.