Plans for a 100MW electrolyser that would supply green hydrogen to the European ceramics industry as it looks to cut emissions have been unveiled today by an international consortium of 40 organisations.
Dubbed Orange.Bat, the ambitious initiative aims to replace the ceramics industry’s use of natural gas as a combustion fuel with green hydrogen.
The planned large-scale pilot plant, which could be operational by early 2024, will be deployed nearby Castellón in Spain, in one of the most important ceramic industrial clusters in Europe, concentrating 95% of the ceramic industry of Spain and 33% of the CO2 emissions of the Valencian region.
The partnership includes major industrial players, investment firms, research centres, institutional bodies and the cluster of off takers from the ceramics industry for the hydrogen to be produced, including Smartenergy, Sunfire and Enel Green Power.
This enables Orange.Bat to cover the full value chain, from generation and storage of green hydrogen to not only the consumption of it, but also its distribution to the end-consumers.
The project consortium said it has submitted a funding application under the EU “Green Deal Call” to help overcome the financial challenges faced by pioneering industrial-scale projects in the current ramp-up phase of the green hydrogen economy.
German cleantech firm Sunfire will supply a 100MW pressurised alkaline electrolyser to the project.
“The challenge of the energy transition is to bring renewables to those sectors that are largely dominated by oil and gas,” said Sunfire CEO Nils Aldag.
“With our electrolysis solutions, we help our customers to develop a green hydrogen ecosystem and reduce their carbon footprint. Together with the strong industrial partners and local stakeholders, we will take a significant step towards carbon-neutrality.”