Nel and First Solar to develop PV hydrogen power plants

Nel and First Solar to develop PV hydrogen power plants

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser and First Solar have joined forces to develop integrated photo voltaic (PV) hydrogen power plants.

Announcing the collaboration on Monday (3rd May), the two companies said they will initially develop an integrated power plant control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

Such network architecture will enable optimisation of PV-electrolyser hybrid projects, resulting in lowest total cost of hydrogen and electricity.

Over time, the parties will then explore further ways of optimising and integrating technology elements throughout the solar and hydrogen production plant.

Commenting on the partnership, says Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel, said, “We are very excited to announce the collaboration with First Solar, a leading global manufacturer of solar panels and developer of utility-scale solar power plants.

“We will leverage our capabilities to extend our common product offering the end customer with a target to be able to deliver the lowest total cost of solar to hydrogen.”

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Mark Widmar. CEO of First Solar, added, “With our environmentally advantaged, responsibly-produced CadTel technology, we are well-positioned to address the market need for large-scale green hydrogen with the lowest carbon solar electricity available today.

“We are excited to collaborate with Nel, a leader in the production, storage, and distribution of hydrogen from renewable energy sources, to develop integrated PV-hydrogen power plants. As solar energy becomes mainstream, this is an excellent example of how we will power the new alternatives.”


Diving into everything there is to know about renewable hydrogen, this is Purple is the New Green – a Nel Hydrogen podcast, co-hosted together with H2 View.

Join co-hosts Leila Asdal Danielsen (Nel ASA) and Rob Cockerill (H2 View) as they talk about hydrogen: the energy carrier of the future, already available today.

Catch all episode here.

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